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About

A sustainable and independent handbag brand from London.

I design handbags around real women and their lifestyles. Each collection is a conversation. Once I know what you want, I source the materials so the leather, linings and fittings are all from local tradesman.

Each skin of leather is rare to find and has it's own unqiue story to tell. Handcut patterns drawn and used to maticulously shape through the leather which is then sewn together on vintage Brother sewing machines. I puzzle all the peices together with two craftsman who have a workshop in North London.

There's no mass production in sight but over 30 years of experience in handbag manufacturing. Think of a handbag brand and they've worked with them, Anya Hindmarch? Yes, Lulu Giuness? Yep! Your bag is made by a pro and the quality checks are rigourous. I inspect every bag and make tweeks until it's perfect to send to you.

Your bag is a one-off masterpice delivered to your door. The magic of the brand is that it's British. Products 'Made in England' have their challenges but we make a bag designed just for you that's not on the highstreet - now that's bespoke!

As seen in Red, Cosmopolitan and Reveal Magazine.

As in Red MagazineFan Anna Whitehouse aka Mother PukkaAs in Reveal Magazine

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Reviews

  • " The clutch is as beautiful and well made as it looks in the image. It was a gift that was so well received I have had to order two more straight away. Love karanrai!"
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    Karina

  • "The parcel just arrived and I am so happy. The bag is so soft, and likewise the colour - a much softer blue than the photograph suggested, like a powdery, Air Force blue - and the fittings (bracelet and zip) are incredible. I have not seen this type of quality since my mum's early 1950s' honeymoon bag, which came from Paris and which she let me borrow on special occasions. Each year, I decide to give myself a present - to me, from me - and this year, thanks to you, I have a super bag."
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    Sally H

  • "I have just received my first Karan Rai handbag and I am absolutely delighted with it. I am sure it will be the first of many. I bought the bag to complete my outfit for a wedding and Karan has ensured I received the bag in plenty of time. A great experience all round and many thanks to Karan."
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    Gill L

  • "Absolutely love this bag. It's my go to for any occasion. I use it as a wallet and a clutch. Whenever I go out, people ask me where it's from and I get plenty of compliments. I would definitely recommend it if you're someone who likes to keep their things in one place and carry one bag around."
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    Simi

Press Comments

"IN THE BAG: The New Year is the best excuse to bag some arm candy (as if I need an excuse), and I'm getting myself one of these gorge clutches from Karan Rai London. Made from baby-blue leather with a satin lining, it adds a touch of opulence to any outfit. One for the payday wish list, ladies! £85 (with keyring) Page 57"
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Jan 2018

Reveal Magazine

"The new-season EDIT: THE AIR MAY BE COOLING DOWN, BUT FASHION IS HOTTING UP. FROM A HERITAGE- STYLE BLAZER TO A HIGH-SHINE MAC, MEET THE NEW WARDROBE MUST-HAVES Pouch, £98, Karan Rai Page 19 of the STYLE pages. "
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Sep 2017

Red Magazine

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