Rufus Country: Beautiful High-Quality Leather Bags, And Small Leather Goods

Rufus Country was established in 2015. The brand creates beautiful, high-quality leather bags, and small leather goods.

The business was set up by Maria and Fabian, – both of whom studied design and art at University. Their passion for high-quality leather design, combined with their own frustration at the large commercial high-street mark-ups, – is what drove them to create a brand that uses only the most beautiful quality leathers (predominantly Italian leathers, which they source from Santa Croce, near Florence) for their unique designs.

When Rufus Country first started out, the duo initially had four styles of work bags. But over the past six years, they have expanded this to five handbags in multiple colours, and a wide range of accessories. Alongside this, they’re also expanding their personalisation service. To date, they have worked with a number of high-profile customers, and they’ve been featured in various online publications, including Luxury Lifestyle International.

“We love what we do, and we are so passionate about design, whilst providing a great service to our customers. The high quality of our products is essential to what we offer, and we want our customers to love them for a lifetime. When people buy Rufus Country leather goods, they love them and spread the word, and often, – they come back and buy more,” said Maria and Fabian.

Not only does Fabian Lintott hold a degree in product design from Central Saint Martins, but he’s also built an impressive background in luxury goods design, too (following years of experience in designing and working for/with Landor and Hawa International, Radley and Co Ltd, Hidesign, Mothercare, John Lewis, Mamas and Papas, and many more).

Outside of work, Fabian is a parent Governor at his children’s school, and he takes a keen interest in classic cars, as well as all aspects of design, – from furniture to watches. Maria Lintott holds a degree in Ceramic Design from Central St. Martins, and she holds a Masters in Ceramics and Glass from Royal College of Art, – specializing in bone China tableware.

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After graduating, Maria set up her own ceramic studio in Hertford Heath, and she showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum shop with the Crafts Council, where she became a supplier, too.

Maria has also supplied her art to established galleries and shops, including the Designers Guild (Kings Road), Flow Gallery (Notting Hill), Mint (Wigmore Street, London), Heal’s (Tottenham Court Road), and the Blackwell Arts and Crafts (Lake District), as well as working on various other freelance projects along the way. Outside of work, Maria also champions the female business community. She supports other female founders, and small business owners.

To date, Rufus Country has exhibited at Goodwood Revival since 2015, and they’re taking part again this September for their 6th year running.

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