About Us

At its core, every element on our planet is a native. Born in the glory of its source: Earth, Water, Air or Fire. From Argentinean twine to Burmese precious stones to Tuscan leather, these elements continue their journey of existence in a Native product.

Their every atom is a testimony to the times we live in. A time where inspiration can be found from the four corners of the globe & a time where that inspiration can actually be manifested in a tangible shape, form, style & silhouette. And what better place for Native to be born in than Dubai. A city shaped as much by local heritage as by global trends. A young city in an ancient world. A city of spires to which the world aspires.

Yet, even in this time of change, Native remains uncompromisingly unchangeable in one regard. The tradition of craftsmanship. The resolute eye. The firm hand. The precise motion. The unwavering grace. Every Native product is made in the only way leather goods should be made. The old fashioned way. Using skills, techniques & artistry passed on from generation to generation, from parent to child, from community to country.

And from us to you, we know our products will feel just as native to you as the place from which they have come.

In Native Worth And Honour Clad

The devil may wear Prada, but Native is meant for the ones Beyond the need for Labels. Native is a brand that makes bags that are meant for talking. Strictly Talking! Period. My bag, c’est moi! Native bags are made with the dyed-in-the-wool understanding of the fact that a chic woman always clenches her bag in her fist, hangs it from her shoulder or dangles it ladylike from her wrist. Native offers a lexicon of style in the Middle East: Arabic Allure; Bewitching Bedouinesque; Classic and Cult; Desert Dreams; Diva’s Desire; Fabulous and Fluid; Passionate and Powerful; Zeal and Zest! Native bags simply combine metallic glints with futuristic hints.

The worth of Native bags can be measured by the age-old criterion: beauty of form, perfection of workmanship and value of material. All of those lie on the bedrock of Native’s philosophy from which it derives its name. Each bag is a reassertion of the Middle-Eastern ‘Native’ ethos. Each one is like an episode from the 1001 Nights. Purely Phantasmagoric!

These are days when a woman simply straps a cool pack on her waist, hip or leg as if the bag is an extension of Her Self. Native embodies this modern idea. The bags are thus sculpted to hug the body as an augmentation of a woman’s clothing. Native luxury bags go even beyond basic utility and display the same meticulous attention to detail as haute couture dress. Native bags, at a definitive level, aspire to be a work of art.

Several fashion experts forecast the end of the eye-wateringly expensive statement handbag. Native, however, has bucked the trend. In fact, it has proved the pundits’ predictions wrong. Its homegrown Made-in-Dubai anchor has attracted women not just in Dubai but all over the UAE and internationally. Women today are still spending hundreds to join the exclusive Native club. The luxury fashion house’s brand that has its ‘ear to the ground’ and an ‘eye on the sky’ is expanding so fast that the city’s Galeries Lafayette offered Native a premium spot on its pristine floor recently, the latest edition to its ever-expanding presence in the Gulf.

4 WS (WHO, WHAT, WHERE AND WHY) OF NATIVE

Native Dubai is a family-owned business that was born as an expansion of a desire of the husband and wife team Rachna and Rahul Malkani to invent ways to personalise, localise and internalise leather goods in UAE. In fact, Native Dubai was a happenstance and its history is peppered with incidents and accidents till it found its own feet two years since its inception in 2007. But before that the duo had just toyed with the idea of catering to the demand for corporate gifts and promotional items. While they were at it, it soon dawned upon them that there was a huge lacuna when it came to quality leather items and that was when Rahul set up his leather division under the aegis Leather Crafts, a genuine leather goods manufacturing unit, the first of its kind in UAE.

“Since we were over the moon for having created a world class manufacturing genuine leather luxury goods facility for the first time here in the UAE, we wanted to celebrate its success with a home-grown luxury leather brand,” Rachna says. “That’s how the idea of Native Dubai was born. Our goal with it is to assert Dubai’s stake as a leader when it comes to designing its own luxury fashion stuff in the international market.”

From a small workshop in Sharjah, Leather Crafts grew into a large-scale production outfit. Within a year they had outgrown the space and moved to the large factory they now occupy, which gave them the option to rapidly scale up production capacity. The business sucked in his wife Rachna into the fray and she soon thought of creating her own breed of luxury handbags and other accessories for the upwardly mobile woman. But she did not want her offspring to be another me too in the market. To the question as to what would be very specific to the sand and soil of the land she treads she had the brilliant brainwave that was christened Native. Thus the story of Native Dubai, just like its bags from its Native stable, epitomises how one can shape one’s own destiny.

Vision & Manifesto

Vision: Within each crafted detail an expression of the sense, the work of hands, dedicated to an art, a way of life, the life of a native in a house of artisans and years of craftsmanship, in their refined and perfected methods.

A home of skins, endeared for their rich, timeless and forward looking ways.

A celebration of icons that stands proud of its past to honor and a future to evolve.

And so we shape an icon, to stand out in the crowd, with all its passions, posture and presence, its own story to tell.

Manifesto: Natural, Inclusive and Authentic

Native woman is comfortable in her own skin, she is not trying to be anybody but herself, just being is her way to be in a world filled with perfection and comparison driven ideas. She is constantly evolving and delving within to be the change that she wishes to see.

Inclusive and embracing the diversity of our world beyond labelling and judgements laid upon the basis of culture, beliefs and abilities. Imperfection is the only true Perfection inherent in the very being of our Universe.

Authentic in its approach like the natural Native woman, staying true to the craftsmanship required for leather by creating one bag at a time handcrafted to its completion. While working in a unique scenario of challenging circumstances, Native is about creating possibilities with resilience and striving to thrive.

Meet the Team

Rachna MalkaniCreative Director

Admin, Finance, Marketing, Media – Rachna has taken up all that and has had a sterling record, playing each avatar she donned, in MNC companies of repute from the age of nineteen. And then, she gave it all up to pursue her calling as an artist, designer and creator - to follow the call of her inner self. She found herself head over heels in love with being an entrepreneur and its spirit of being free.

In 2007, the Malkanis introduced a unique concept: the UAE's first genuine leather manufacturing facility with the dream of bringing top quality leather goods from the region. Local entrepreneurs flocked to Leather Crafts to produce their brand.

Having found her calling, taking inspiration from the land while wanting to show Dubai's pedigree as a leader on the world fashion stage, the Malkanis arrived at the perfect brand name: Native. And Rachna took over the role of Creative Director.

Rahul MalkaniCEO

Rahul Malkani started his career at the young age of 17 in Taiwan as a Merchandiser, and clubbing his passion for travel with work, destiny took him to various cities in the Far East.

In 1991, he was the youngest employee to be promoted to a Sales Manager position in a trading company in Hong Kong, which had branches all over the Middle East including Dubai.

In 1996, he set up his own trading company in Dubai. And after 11 years of trading in garments he found his true calling and set up Leather Crafts Industry in 2007.