Quick Facts

Year Founded: 1997
Headquarters: New York City, U.S.A.
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History and Background

The Rafe brand was created by Rafe Totengco in 1997. According to his fans, Rafe creates bags and clutches that “never go out of style.” On top of that, other bag makers have been known to copy Rafe – which is always an indication of true originality and cutting-edge style.

One thing you’ll notice about his current line is that there is a heavy emphasis on geometric shapes, cubism and art-deco. Most of his current clutches don’t have handles or straps.

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Our founder, LiLi Hong likes to say that Rafe pieces:

“Are sculpture for you to display with your ensemble.”

– LiLi Hong

That’s right. They’re pieces. Like pieces of art.

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They are meant for more elegant and stylish outings. Occasions where you’re going to be sitting for a while. You have your own table. You’re not out at a club or bar-hopping. Rafe piece are for dinner parties, going to the Oscars or other big-time events.

This is your accent piece. This is a statement piece. You’re not going to be buying groceries with it.

If you’re looking for something definitely unique, Rafe is a great choice.

Price Range

$175 – $1,000 (USD)

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