Our Mission

Quality.  Community.  Well-Being.

We put our heart into making the highest quality + longest lasting bags that we can.

Our close and long term relationship with our community is where magic happens.  Our co-op shop doors are open and our DIY table is the stage for infinite conversations and possibilities. 

Through our circular design practices, utilizing 100% waste, localized family owned manufacturing, and a close examination of every single part of our supply chain, we keep the well-being of our planet and you in the forefront of our minds at all times. 
 



Our Story 

Owner, Julie Rais Ellis, was a teacher when she started this journey. In August 2010, with $200 she bought a sewing machine and some fabric with a simple desire to make a bag for her computer, what she discovered was a deep joy for making practical goods. With no formal training in sewing or design, Julie found ways to use her background in art to guide her through the process. What began as a personal project, quickly turned into a hobby, and slowly evolved into a study of quality, design, and fashion.


As she honed her skills and let her ideas take shape she decided to call her collection 'Rais Case'.  After
 four years of hard work, many sleepless nights, farmers markets, craft shows, and a healthy dose of determination, Julie started to see how much Rais Case had grown. 

In January of 2014, it was clearly becoming too hard to juggle being a teacher and running the business.  Julie realized it was time to take a leap of faith and leave her job as an art teacher so she could dedicate more time and energy to Rais Case.   

She decided to embark on her dream of a brick and mortar co-op space where her vision of collaboration and process work could come to life. Now, in partnership with fellow artisan, Mr. B's Luminaries, they run the collective retail space/studio in Oceanside and host a number of other local, ethically produced brands.  One of the shop's unique features is a DIY table, where customers can drop in anytime to repurpose leather waste into beautiful crafts. 

As a mother of two, artist, world-traveller, and conscious creator, Julie is passionate about designing the highest quality products that cultivate community and culture around locally, handmade goods.  And she and her husband, Grant Ellis, could not be more excited about what the future holds for their growing family and business. 

Our People:

JULIE RAIS ELLIS: FOUNDER + DESIGNER + DIRECTOR

AVERY ANTON: CREATIVE + MARKETING

EMILY LEBS: SALES + EVENTS

RAUL: PRODUCTION MANAGER

 

Our Products: 

Our bags are multi-functional because our lives are multi-faceted. A Rais Case bag is your companion, intended to be a mirror of your day-to-day; creative, full, well-traveled, and experiential. Our designs are crafted to be a staple in your diverse and rich life pursuits. Our hands touch every stage of the production process and we take pride in our conscious business practices. Made with the highest quality materials available, all bags are designed, manufactured, and shipped from San Diego, CA.
 
The Vida Bag:

The Vida is our signature bag, with it's birth came the true conception of our brand.  "Vida" means "life," intended to be worn-in by life, for life. The Vida gets softer with every use and textured by every adventure, transforming for you and aging with you. With the ability to be worn as a cross body, fanny pack and clutch, it's the ultimate companion for festivals, hiking, cruising through town, walking your dog, or anytime you want to be hands free & chic. Each leather strap is hand stitched to ensure durability, comfort and style. Constructed with top grain, naturally dyed leather and our signature oversized brass hardware, this combination of quality materials will certainly endure the roughest use and get better with time.