Summer Jewelry Essentials.

Summer is officially here and we bet you’re excited about it. As Portland summer experts, we know the feeling of waiting months and months (and months…) for the glory time in the Pacific Northwest and then reveling in it until it abruptly leaves. No matter where you are reading from, we want you to enjoy the Read More

Jon Batiste in a betsy & iya necklace (!!!).

Jon Batiste: accomplished musician, international performer, betsy & iya fan. Yes, that last part is true; the bronze bar necklace Jon Batiste wears so often, including in the Chase commercial below, is our Jalisco necklace. This man you might only recognize from his role as bandleader on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert  has already had an Read More

betsy & iya Brick & Mortar.

Our corner of NW 24th & Thurman St in Portland, OR feels like home away from home, not just because of the amount of time we spend here, but because of the feeling we get from the moment we walk through the front door into our retail space. The smells, the textures, the positive effect that Read More

Design of a new collection: You + Me, pt. 2

I tend to approach design from a rather non-design point of view. For me, it’s not about the coolest shape or the most interesting movement. At least, it doesn’t start there. My first concern is connection. From relationships to objects, nature, and people, I strive to connect to that which surrounds me in my everyday Read More

Alternate Career: Confectioners.

For our latest quarterly staff event, we took a short trip across the river from our brick & mortar to southeast Portland to the Alma Handmade Chocolate confectioner store/kitchen to learn a little bit about chocolate- aka 99% of the world’s kryptonite. After our chocolate lesson we were put to work to make our very Read More

That New Jewelry Swagger.

One of my favorite parts of a betsy & iya new collection release? Figuring out ways to style the new jewelry! New accessories invite an infinite number of styling possibilities: mixing, matching, and combining. Oh yeah, this is the super fun part. For some You + Me, pt. 2 styling inspiration, I turned to who else Read More

New betsy & iya jewelry: You + Me, pt. 2!

Our latest collection of rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and cuffs is in-store and online now! Click here to view You + Me, pt. 2 in its entirety. This 19-piece collection is next level betsy & iya: you’ll instantly notice more silver plating than ever before, as well as a shiny finish (more on this below) to several pieces that Read More

betsy & iya Production Studio 2016.

My, what a busy spring! In addition to welcoming three new people to our production staff, we retired 22 styles from the betsy & iya line in April and we are currently busy getting ready to introduce new jewelry (!!!) to the world. This time of year always makes me reflect on our buildout, which happened in May Read More

May Days.

What’s up, May? So far this month, we’ve successfully showered our moms with the love and adoration they deserve and celebrated the two-year anniversary of our expansion (yeah, I can’t even believe how quickly time has passed!). Looking forward, I gotta blurt out what I’m most excited about right now: we now have select CLOTHING online! Read More

Double your in-store rewards now- July 5th!

Think there’s absolutely nothing that can make Mondays & Tuesdays cool? Think again. Introducing the best thing to happen to the first two days of the work week probably ever: double Perkville points when you make a purchase in our Thurman St. brick & mortar on Mondays and Tuesdays now- July 5th. This special promotion is for members Read More

Jumpsuit Joy.

To say we were all excited when this 100% cotton jumpsuit by Curator arrived in-store is an understatement. More accurately, we squealed like school children on the last day of class. It’s simply everything you want out of a one-piece number: lightweight, yet sturdy enough so that it’s not see-through, flattering on the waist and Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016.

Mom jokes, mom jeans, mom blogs, mom quotes. Moms are having a MOMent (see what I did there?) and we couldn’t be happier. It is with love and adoration for our own mothers that we present our favorite ways to show the special lady/ladies in your life the magnitude of your appreciation on May 8th and Read More

April, what’s good?

In the grand tradition of March going out like a lamb, we’ve experienced several spurts of pure springtime magic here in Portland during the first few days of April. The time of year for spontaneous park trips, opening windows for restorative fresh air, and when “let’s take a walk” is a fitting solution for any problem Read More

SALE: 20% off Retired Styles while they last!

Our Retirement Sale is on in-store and online! Click here to shop 20% off while supplies last. Out with the old, in with the NEW! It’s that time of year when we edit the betsy & iya line and say “thanks for your years of service” to pieces that will no longer be produced. To give Read More

OOTD Spring Vibes.

SPRING CLOTHING! Yes, all-caps + bold + exclamation point are all necessary because I’m shouting it from my desk while writing this post and seeing the sun intermittently shine through the office windows. I’m so ready to retire my wool socks, boots, and rain coat for a while and even though I know the time Read More

betsy & iya & bowling.

One of our mantras at b&i is don’t do anything halfway; do it with your whole, awesome self, and do it well. It’s no surprise that we approach our all-staff outings with the same spirit of “going all out” in an effort to spend quality time together outside of work. Since we started doing them, we’ve hit Read More

New arrivals online!

Hello, March, and helllooooooo to a whole lotta newness in the shop! A big part of what Suzy, Barrie, and I have been up to lately is adding more of the products we sell in our brick & mortar to our online shop as well. It’s been a super fun, rewarding endeavor and we hope Read More

Friendly House Pin.

Usually, betsy & iya custom work is solicited when a couple is getting ready to pledge to spend all of eternity together. Engagement and wedding sets have comprised the bulk of Betsy’s design work outside of betsy & iya collections. But last fall, a different kind of custom project came across Betsy’s bench that piqued her interest. It Read More

Behind the Bazaar.

We’ve been teasing you with glimpses of Bazaar goods for days, and you’re probably wondering, where exactly did these items come from? Who made them? And how did they get to us at betsy & iya? Read Suzy’s account of the buying trip that stocked us up for the betsy & iya Bazaar to answer all Read More

In-store SALE is on.

If I told you the outfit Barrie is wearing is 30% off, would you believe me? Well you should, because it is. And because I’d never lie when it comes to such important retail topics as ‘sale’ in relation to ‘cute outfit.’ Glad we cleared that up. In ALL honesty, select clothing, bags, and bath Read More