My brand BASIL RACUK is based around two principles: great design and a steady craft hand. I push myself everyday to make great product that you will be proud to use. I use only the best skins that I can find, mainly from domestic tanneries. When you buy something from me you are creating a bond with me. I want to hear from you. I want to know if the piece is working right. I’m proud of what I do and I’m proud of my customers.
I started my company in 2007 after having an unexpected experience in Greece. I spent a day lost on an island, separated from civilization and reunited with myself. People pay lots of money for this type of Vision Quest- mine from a miscalculation of time. While I was out there I realized that my life had become a series of zeros and ones. I’d lost myself in the matrix. I thought about why I got into design and how much I enjoyed crafting. And it was then and there that I decided start crafting again. At the time I was interested in the intersection of design and craft: when product is highly functional, timeless in design, and thoughtfully handmade. As I began to build pieces a collection came into focus. Pared-down design, sublimated hardware. Using beautiful skins was a given. Ten years later, the original collection remains. I’ve added a collection of totes as well. The Paper Bag has become a popular style for toting around town, or to the beach. It’s friend the Satchel is a great multi-purpose bag that is great for computer carry, or can also be used as a tote. These styles along with a variety of keepalls and foldover are available in a range of skins, from casual suede to rugged buffalo. I am able to create custom styles as well. From travel bags to day totes, keepalls to weekenders, I hope to service whatever your portage needs are.
I keep things simple, working out of my retail workshop in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission district. I also do collaborations with corporate friends such as Instagram and Banana Republic. Feel free to reach out if you want to discuss a collaboration.
Thank you for visiting BASIL RACUK.