raf Edinburgh is an independent gift shop located in the vibrant area of Bruntsfield in Edinburgh. We showcase the work over 60 local makers & artists who share our ethos for distinct design, quality craftsmanship & ethical products.
raf is run by its co-founders Meriç, Melike & Sinan, who are also the creative force behind Eira Soaps and Workshop After Six, two independent Edinburgh based design businesses.
Before opening Raf we shared studio space in the heart of the city. Whilst working on individual creative projects, we started to take part in local market stalls, to sell our products and began to meet a community of makers & artists from across Edinburgh & Scotland.
Edinburgh has such a breadth of innovative & talented makers and we loved being part of this diverse community of like-minded creators.
Understanding the challenges which independent makers faced (and facing them ourselves), including soaring retail costs, high fees for retail events and unpredictable nature of outdoor markets, we decided to create a space that would benefit us all and allow us to showcase the breadth of creative talent in Edinburgh and beyond. Finally, after 2 years of planning and searching for the right location, we finally launched raf Edinburgh in Bruntsfield in July 2019.
We’ve been open since then and so far it’s been a non-stop adventure. We’ve met so many wonderful makers and artists and we continue to hand pick each and every item in the shop, as well as get to know each of our designers. Christmas was a great success and we had a team of people including our family & friends to help us with the Christmas Shopping season. Then the pandemic happened and we had to close for a while but all the support from our customers, our lovely stockists and other local businesses gave us strength.
Since we opened we've been getting to know our regular customers and neighbouring businesses in Bruntsfield and Morningside and we’re very proud to be part of this lovely community.
So a big thank you to everyone who has supported us during our first year at raf and please pop in to see us if you are passing by!