The gal behind the brand is Rachel Leslie, owner and designer of Polka Square.
Designing and creating is a part of Rachel’s every day life. As a graphic artist, she has over 17 years of professional experience in branding and marketing and thrives on helping business owners “catch their dreams” and feel on-purpose.
As a believer in what is meant to be, rather than accidents, Rachel has found that designing wearable art gives her that “on-purpose” feeling. Each piece is a labor of love and intention, patience and care. It isn’t simply an accessory you are purchasing – it is part of a story.
Every element, from the earring or pendant to the stamped bag to the hang-card and carefully packaged box is completed by hand.
What began as an online-based shop, Polka Square Collection developed a partnership with local shop owner and fellow Stillwater Native, Allison Keys, of Wooden Nickel. The Collection is exclusively available at the shop which allows Rachel to focus on the creative process while leaning on the team at Wooden Nickel to get the pieces into the hands of customers who shop in the store or online.
“It’s a culmination of everything, you might say,” Rachel says, “I studied graphic art at OSU and was always drawn to marketing and storytelling. Then, my first job out of college was being catch-all for a small business. I did anything and everything from shipping packages, booking travel, graphic design, ordering lunch, communicating with potential clients. Eventually, I held different titles within the same company, worked at different businesses which all led me to this. It wouldn’t work if I hadn’t had the opportunity to do all the things. When Polka Square Collection first began, I was personally shipping each package, coordinating all orders, handling all client communication in addition to the creative elements I still do including the design, creation, photography, writing, etc. There is nothing big or fast about what I do. It’s small and slow, and there is value in it. Those who wear and love the pieces understand that. They are here for it and as long as they are, I’ll continue.”