In 1997, Rafe Totengco designed and launched his namesake handbag collection, Rafe New York®. With a captivating balance of style and function, the Rafe New York brand blends uptown sophistication with a downtown edge to create handbags that loyal fans say never go out of style. It is this timeless quality that has resulted in Rafe New York becoming one of the most preeminent designer brands of our time.
Rafe’s design philosophy is rooted in his personal experience, designing accessories in the sprit of New York City; a melting pot of European, American and Asian cultures. Rafe New York stands for timeless silhouettes with handcrafted influences, beautiful materials and an uncompromising attention to functionality while remaining accessible for every woman. A Rafe accessory has a great way of adding an exclamation point to complete any fashion statement.
In 2010, Rafe Totengco was appointed by The Jones Group Inc. to the newly created position of Creative Director for Handbags, to work with others across the company to create a compelling product vision for Jones' handbag brands. His responsibilities include creating products for the retail, wholesale and international divisions.’
Since 1998 Rafe Totengco has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).