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About Rachel Riley

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Rachel Riley is the British luxury brand for children. Rachel's design philosophy is rooted in her traditional lifestyle and draws inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints designed by and exclusive to the brand. Rachel Riley designs, manufactures and retails clothing and accessory collections four times per year for boys, girls, babies and ladies. The exquisite party slippers are hand-made in her own workshop in France.

Our Story

'The British Luxury Brand for Children'

Rachel's award winning London-based childrenswear brand was founded in 1994. The first collection, from newborn to 14 years for girls and boys, was launched by mail order catalogue to positive response and expanded with the first store opening in Knightsbridge, London.

The Rachel Riley website was launched soon after, followed by a second shop in Marylebone High Street. In 2005 Rachel opened a store on Madison Avenue, New York. Rachel also began to sell extensively through Trunk Shows across the USA.

2007 saw the launch of Rachel's wholesale collections in both London and New York. The huge popularity of the vintage-inspired glamour for children was an instant hit; with customers including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. In spring 2012 Rachel Riley opened in the children's designer corridor in Harrods.

A Tale of Two Slippers

Slipper Workshop

Our ever-popular slippers are made in possibly the last remaining hand-made slipper factory in France, reminiscent of the story of the Elves and the Shoe-maker.

The slippers are made from the finest leather, with soft pigskin soles. They are hand sewn and hand turned, the same way you would make a garment. All the seams are on the inside, which means only the softest leathers can be used.

The slippers were originally made by two elderly French sisters, using the method which had been passed down to them through generations. When they retired, Rachel bought their original machinery and lasts, to avoid these techniques being lost for ever.

The choice of slippers has developed over time and now we offer them in quirky leopard print pony skin and colourful metallics, alongside our classic, more traditional colours.

All of our slippers are lovingly wrapped in tissue and presented in a ribbon tied beautiful gift box.

If your size is not in stock, don’t worry! We can order a pair to be hand-made especially for you! Due to the soft leathers and hand made techniques, we are also able to ease the leather to create a slightly wider fit if required. Please call or email with your order details. Due to the popularity of our slippers, some colours can take a few weeks to order.

Take a virtual tour of La Roche with Rachel!

Design Philosophy

Rachel's design philosophy is rooted in her traditional rural lifestyle, one that reflects her love of country life. Her collection is an expression of her own rural idyll.

The Rachel Riley collection celebrates the craft of fine tailoring, needlework and pattern cutting. Rachel is enamoured by the creative process as much as the final product. She continues to cut her own patterns, hand-sews, knits and embroiders samples herself. She is inspired by beautiful fabrics, and many of the prints used in each collection are designed in-house, exclusive to Rachel Riley.

Each collection is made for modern living, using classic techniques and beautiful fabrics to create stylish pieces that you will want to treasure forever. Her atelier continues to make samples, custom-made outfits for everday or special occasions, and our ever-popular slippers, in possibly the last remaining hand-made slipper factory in France.

2015 Junior Design Awards

Junior Design Awards 2015

2014 Awards

Design Awards 2014

2013 Junior Design Awards

We are very happy to announce that we are the proud winners of "Best UK Fashion Brand" from the 2013 Junior Design Awards.

We were also highly commended for the "Best Online Fashion Retailer" award and the "Best Fashion Retailer" award.

Thank you Junior!

Junior Design Awards 2013

We Won!

We are delighted to announce, once again, that we have been recognised by Junior Design Awards this year! We were awarded 5 in total!

We were thrilled to be named WINNER of 2 awards -

Outstanding Contribution to Children's Fashion
Best Independent Fashion Retailer - Second year running!

We were also HIGHLY COMMENDED for the following categories -

Best UK Fashion Brand
Best Footwear - Second year running!
Girl's Designer Fashion - Second year running!

Junior Design Awards 2012

Thank you to all of our customers and our appreciative and enthusiastic fans! 

2011 Junior Design Awards!

We are thrilled that we were recently recognised by Junior Magazine and presented with the 3 following awards:

Best Independent Fashion Retailer - WINNER!
Designer Girls Fashion - HIGHLY COMMENDED
Best footwear - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Junior Design Awards 2011


About Rachel


Rachel Riley was born in London, grew up in Bath and attended university in Cambridge. During the summer holidays she worked as a model in Paris & Tokyo, then went on to study pattern cutting at a small haute couture atelier in Paris.

Rachel is married to French photographer Daniel Jouanneau (best-known for his Chanel perfume bottle shots) and together they have 3 children. They split their time between London and the family chateau in France's Loire Valley.

Follow what Rachel is up to on instagram, just search 'rachelrileyglam'.