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About Us | Radley London

About Radley London

The people. The style. The energy. The character. It’s hard not to be inspired by the Capital. That’s where Radley London was born with a passion for artisan-made handbags, footwear and accessories. We put fashion in functional, with every piece made to last and put a spring in your step. Whether strutting through the streets of Soho, or on the school run.

We know leather. It’s in our DNA. And we never stop striving to set a new standard for quality. Every Radley London design is made with expert care. Do you hear that smooth glide of a zip? We consider every detail, including our choice of shine-like-the-sun hardware. And we’re innovating in sustainable new non-leather alternatives too. Made from recycled plastic bottles, no less.

Our story

The Radley London journey began in the 1980s, among a wave of new creatives in London’s famous Camden Lock Market.

These early years were spent exploring, designing and developing the Radley London look before the brand officially launched in 1998. We also used this time to partner with some of the expert artisan makers we still work with today. Sometimes the best things are worth the wait.

Over two decades on, Radley London has grown into a global brand with over 20 stores and shipping to over 40 countries. We’re proud to see our Scottie dog swing on the arm of 1000s of inspiring women around the world.

And we’re excited for the future too. Working hard to bring you new launches and initiatives. We have an increased focus on sustainability with our Radley Responsible collection, which showcases recycled materials and environmentally-friendly practices. And we are always working to expand our innovative new product ranges – footwear, gifting and clothing, to name a few.

 

Inside our London Design Studio

Walk into our London Design Studio and you’ll find life behind the leather seams. Mood boards adorned with exhibition tickets, torn-out catwalk trends, polaroids of the latest street styles. We’ve got swatches of leather in every colour from traffic light green to first-blossom-of-spring pink. Sketches of iconic shapes and classic silhouettes from buildings and landscapes nearby.

If we’re lost for inspiration, we take to the streets of London. Here we find inspiration from the styles and spirit of the Capital. Because our bags are designed for life, and from living life, too. Then it’s over to our artisan makers who craft each one using only the finest leather and materials. From pattern cutters and seamstresses to edge painters and screen printers, up to 20 skilled artisans hand construct just one Radley London bag.

“What makes a great handbag? Quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and amazing design both inside and out. The size, colour and shape are obviously important, but the handbag has to work with the needs of modern life.”

Zizi, Director of Design