Hello, my name is Jean Polsky, and I own Estella with my husband, Chike Chukwulozie. I was born here in New York City and have been interested in fashion since I was old enough to figure out how to dress myself. My first job was an internship at the beautiful Bergdorf Goodman, and professionally speaking, I haven’t strayed far from the fashion industry.
In 2002, Chike and I opened Estella, an eclectic, designer baby clothes and high-end children’s clothing boutique in New York’s Village. The concept behind Estella was to bring the amazing, artisan-inspired kids’ clothing we saw scattered across Europe here to New York. We know that children have personalities, and we believe that their clothing and handmade toys should too.
Our vision is built on high quality kids’ and baby clothes that are designed by mothers and craftsman rather than corporations. These creations are full of gorgeous colors, textures, and spirit. Kids love wearing these clothes and parents love owning them.
Our gift shoppers always wanted that extra something special to include with their baby gifts that would surprise their friends and family. Thus, Estella’s organic baby toys, baby blankets, and nursery decor pillows were born. Our luxury baby gifts have gone on to win prestigious national awards. Barney’s New York and other luxury baby boutiques picked up the line, and the public demand for Estella’s high-end baby gifts has only continued to grow. To cater to this demand and grow our collection, we closed the retail location in 2013 and now sell through specialty baby boutiques, gift stores and on our e-boutique website.