Up Close & Personal with Allison Tyropolis of LE Polish

I’m such a slacker! Hubby and I took the day off yesterday to spend Valentine’s Day/wedding anniversary together and have a date day. We enjoy date days because hello…no work and kids are at school so we don’t have to find a baby sitter, win win! But even as of this morning I am still finishing up this post…ugh!

Even though the day of love has passed, I am still in a loving spirit because today’s featured maker is Allison Tyropolis of LE Polish. You may remember Allison from previous posts including 12 Days of Polish where she teamed of with 11 of the best bloggers, and me, to create 12 custom polishes or from Libra Scale Birthday Club Custom, but today she here so we can get Up Close and Personal.

Name: Allison Tyropolis
Location: Ellington, CT
Birthday: August 18th 

Are you an early bird or night owl?
Both. The afternoon is when I accomplish the least.

Stranded on a desert island, what 5 things would you must have?
The practical side of me wants to say food, water, shelter, clothing, and firewood, but that’s no fun, so I’ll go with my family, nail polish, books, flavored seltzer, and lip balm.

What cartoon character best represents you?
Daria (p.s. this might be a hint at things to come!)

Night on the town with friends or evening alone at home?
Evening alone with my Netflix please!

Favorite 90s TV show or artist/song?
I’m going to go with Daria again. Although TGIF was my jam back then!

If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
Well, my brand logo has a bee, so probably that. Plus bees are nature’s environmentalists!

Read a book or watch a movie?
Book first, then movie.

When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
I had been an indie fan for a while before I decided to try my hand at mixing. Once I finally tried mixing my own polish, I knew I couldn’t turn back. I’m a creative person by nature, so I like making and producing things for other people to enjoy. My brand is different because it’s a representation of me. I love the vintage romantic style and I try to let that show through in my branding and packaging. As far as polish is concerned, although I try to mix it up, I love making crellies and feel like my crellies are somewhat different than many you see out there.

What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
Anyone who’s in my FB group already knows this, but I can’t do nail art. Not even a little bit. So I’m always so in awe when I see the beautiful nail my customers produce!

What is one of you favorite collections or polishes you created?
I love all my babies equally like a good polish mommy, but I have to say if you twisted my arm, I really loved my Love Your Mother Earth Collection. It’s fun and bright and sparkly, it has a Greek goddess and Earth Mother theme. It was one of the first collections I did that really showed my signature crelly style. 

What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
Business-wise, I love interacting with my group and planning events – like giveaways, launches, restocks, etc. I probably should have been a party planner in another life. I love seeing customers enjoying and using the polishes that I make. Please keep posting your mani shots ladies! I love collaborating with other makers, whether it’s to create a box, or just to bounce ideas off one another. It’s refreshing to get a glimpse into someone else’s creative process.  

How did you come up with your company name and logo?
le polish is named after my two sons (l and e are their first initials – this is also why they are both lowercase. I didn’t want to capitalize one and not the other). The logo was a labor of love. My first logo was fairly generic. I went for something simple and cute, but when it came down to it I was never really happy with it. For my 1 year brand anniversary I decided to change it to something that represented me and my brand. I’m very into vintage things, so I knew I wanted a vintage look. And I consider all the women in the polish world to be queen bees, so the queen bee was a perfect fit!

If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
I have knitted since I was a little girl. I’ve taken a few custom orders for knitted pieces, and if I had time, I’d like to get into that a little more.

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
Right now I’m working on getting my limited editions for Polish Con all wrapped up! I can’t wait for you guys to see them and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who can make it to Polish Con NYC!!!

In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?
My brand slogan is actually “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” I stamp it on all my packages. The great thing about the indie community is we’re very supportive of individuality, which I love and wanted to celebrate!

What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?
I love the creative process. I get inspired by things around me and my interests and I make it into something pretty you can wear on your nails. What’s better than that? I also love interacting with my customers and other makers and bloggers. My customers and bloggers are the best and other makers have been so friendly and supportive of me. I love our tight knit community. 

Well that will do it for today. Be sure to join us back next time! 

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