People Behind the Purses: Nicole Jellema

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Basket Weave Nicole, caramel.jpgI love designing, and it is a blast to debut TWO new purses in one month!

So let me tell you all about Nicole! She’s a perfect medium-sized purse with loads of style and lots of leather and hardware details. We have a lot of customers who like hardware, and I love getting to grant your creative wishes. The unique exterior pockets make Nicole really stand out — one is open and one has a leather flap that snaps shut. Ahh, just so fun!

I started working on this style in January, and it’s kind of an Erika-Rachel hybrid. Nicole has the shape of Rachel (a past RSD style), but the size of Erika. For the design, I was inspired by a Patagonia sweatshirt I saw in Scheels, with the pocket flap. You never know when the creativity will hit! :) If you like one-handled purses, think Nicole. She also has a wide strap, so it sits very comfortably on your shoulder. 

I named this new style after my friend Nicole, who is also our administrative assistant and does a lot with shipping. More than co-workers, we’ve gotten to be really good friends. Keep reading to get to know this wonderful woman!  

How do you know Rebekah? 

I have known Bekah for years from her awesome products, and now we have kids the same age! I am lucky enough to work on the RSD team doing shipping and other fun duties! :)

Give us a brief bio of yourself.

I am from Sioux Falls but live in Brandon now. I am married to Kyle and we have 3 kids: Hanna, Drake and Marlee. We enjoy lots of sporting events and lake time in the summer! 

How many RSD purses do you own?  

5! :)

Do you have a favorite fabric? 

Currently it is a tie between the Olive Waxed CanvasSpearhead and Rose River Rock!

Do you own/have you seen the Nicole bag yet? What do you like about it? 

I have ordered one!! I have been pining for my own since I saw the prototype in the studio months ago! 

We're curious about a few of your favorites: favorite movie? favorite book? favorite ice cream?  

Movie: So many! Probably “Bohemian Rhapsody” right now! 

Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Ice Cream: Cookie Dough. YUM!! 

Do you have a quote or motto you live by?  

Be the change you want to see in the world! 

Do you have a must-have item in your purse, and why? 

Snacks! You never know when someone will be hungry! :)