Founded in 2008 as a travel and leather goods brand in Australia, the now US-based company has evolved into an interdisciplinary lifestyle line and atelier.
The notion of uncomplicated living echoes Rachael’s relaxed Antipodean upbringing and has always underpinned the brand design ethos.
Rachael is originally from Tasmania, the landscape and nature across the archipelago of islands informed her appreciation of far flung waterside environs, which continue to inspire the collections today.
She studied hotel management and international trade through IHTTI, Lausanne, Cornell University and BMIHMS in Australia. Exposure to design elements via her family of property developers allowed Rachael’s passion for aesthetics, entertaining and rejuvenation to mature.
Later, in a career spanning 18 years, as a senior business executive with LVMH saw Rachael working with brands Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Moët and Chandon and Dom Perignon. During this tenure she fine-tuned her knowledge of luxury brand-building as well as her design eye, with further travels taking her abroad to live in Paris, London, São Paulo, Los Angeles and New York.
Whilst at LVMH, Ruddick created a custom leather trunk to house a bottle of Champagne. Orders followed and resulted in a capsule of travel goods being made. From this time, the demand for her streamlined yet elevated designs grew to be coveted by loyalists and collectors.
Continued exposure to residential design, retail operations and also the hospitality industry has allowed the Rachael Ruddick brand to extend their atelier into home, with table accoutrement, travel essentials and furniture.
The brand has been a leader in the contemporary leather goods arena in Sydney, London and Tokyo, with store in store environments in David Jones, Takashimaya and Selfridges.