Meet the Maker


Rais Case was born in Julie Rais Ellis’ living room in August 2010 out of the simple desire for a stylish laptop case. When she couldn’t find one she liked, she decided to take matters into her own hands—literally—and make one herself. Fast forward a few years and Rais Case has grown into a full-fledged accessories brand, and in the process has outgrown Ellis’ living room. Last November, Ellis—a former Digital Arts and Creative Design teacher at Canyon Crest Academy—decided to open a shop and studio in Del Mar and focus on the brand full time.

All Ellis’ designs are made by hand in the USA. She favors Pendleton wools, hand-tanned leathers, and chunky brass hardware sourced as close to home as possible alongside artisan made fabrics from Panama and Guatemala. Her current range features crossbody bags, oversized totes, a hip update on the much maligned fanny pack, pillows, wall hangings, and mini wool planters that double as can koozies in a pinch.

You can find an ever-changing selection of Rais Case pieces in MCASD’s X Store. Every X Store purchase helps support MCASD’s operations, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Ellis Cowhide Tote
Regular $345 / Members $310.50


Vida Fringe Crossbody Bag
Regular $170 / Members $153


Vida Cowhide Bag
Regular $160 / Members $144

Wool Planter  koozies
Regular $25 / Members $22.50

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