Radley is a London based, British accessories brand which designs and manufactures handbags, purses and other women’s accessories for UK and international markets. The company’s first store opened in 2005 on London’s Kings Road. Radley founder and current Creative Director, Australian Lowell Harder, began working in the accessories industry as a weekend stall holder on London’s Camden Market in 1984 selling Indian men’s accessories brand Hidesign. Harder began working with the Hidesign design team and together developed new designs for the UK market.
Harder’s business with Hidesign soon outgrew its market stall setting and needed increased investment and infrastructure which was supplied by the handbag company Tula Group in 1991. With the backing of the Tula Group, Harder was able to continue with Hidesign and in 1997, with a new working partner, develop a new women’s accessories brand, Radley.
There are currently 19 full-price Radley stores and 14 outlets in the UK. The brand is also currently stocked in a number of other retail locations and department stores across the UK including British retailers Fenwick Ltd and House of Fraser.