Gracie Designs came to life in 2006 through the talent and imagination of Kelley Grace Quakkelaar. This married mother of one has been creating and selling her funky, whimsical and inspired fabric accessories for more than eight years and is always creating new items to stitch up and expand her product line.She also has a successful wholesale business with companies like Bliss on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and MADE in Jackson, Wyoming. Kelley believes the success of Gracie Designs comes from more than just an amazing product. She prides herself on being nice to work with. She delivers on her promises, ships quickly, offers cute packaging and will run a mile for a customer.And Kelley’s motto – Do what you love, don’t take everyones's advice, it isn’t all good advice, and be brilliant!
Kelley began her career 30 years ago designing custom jewelry. An avid lover of beads, she would visit old, musty craft stores and purchase cheap plastic seed beads in multi-colored packages and take hours hand separating and organizing them. She also made polymer clay beads and strung them on leather to sell to her fellow students while in college. Eventually, she started selling her jewelry on Etsy and then branched out into fabric goods.
Kelley finds her inspiration everywhere – her daughter, a mid-afternoon drive, even a random catalog. She designs modern hand bags, bright and bold headbands, sleek, sophisticated card cases, as well as vintage inspired scarves, distinctive snap wallets, passport covers, travel wallets, checkbook covers and much, much more. She designs her products with style and function in mind In addition to pop-up boutiques, handmade events and farmer’s markets, Kelley’s handmade creations can also be found online at Etsy.com.