Birthdays at betsy & iya.

If you follow us on Instagram (which, BTW, you totally should), you know that we take celebrating birthdays very seriously. We’re coming off a summer surge of birthdays, starting with Alyssa, Amory, and Gaby in June, and continuing with Shea, Tess, and Will in August, and each time one comes and goes, I’m reminded of Read More

OOTD: Late Summer Swag.

If this blog post had a thesis statement it would be: The racks of clothing at betsy & iya are ON POINT right now. Big props to Suzy and all of retail for stocking us with items to build the most versatile summer wardrobe ever. Seriously, ^^^this^^^ keeps popping up in my dreams. But showing Read More

How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet.

  Let’s take a moment to appreciate the cuff bracelet, shall we? Cuffs are one of my favorite genres of jewelry because they’re just so darn easy to wear. None of the fuss of a complicated clasp and closure (a definite plus for someone who lives alone like me!), nor any fear that it won’t Read More

Friends of the Children visits b&i!

In a super awesome “full circle” moment, a group of kids and mentors from Friends of the Children – a nonprofit we’ve donated to last December and April of this year -visited our studio. I worked with Natalie (back row center, below) to set up the logistics of the tour, and after time to peruse our retail Read More

Brick & Mortar Newness.

Y’all staying cool out there or what? Thankfully, my desk is positioned very close to the AC unit, so I’m doing just fine. Thanks for asking! ;-) There’s one thing the heat hasn’t slowed down, and that’s the influx of several new arrivals and restocked items in our brick & mortar. August is shaping up Read More

SUMMER SALE!

NOW- August 4th: take $10 off orders of $75 or more, in-store AND online at http://shop.betsyandiya.com! We’re in the midst of another heat wave in Portland, and we want you to enjoy the comforts of The Great Indoors – like AC – while you shop all the jewelry, home goods, body care, and more that our brick Read More

Arkadiko Necklace

I remember the day I got my Arkadiko necklace. It was the first fall I worked here and I’d never seen anything like it, so therefore, I had to have it; I placed my order and watched Alyssa make the one that would become mine later that same day. My favorite detail of the necklace, part of Read More

OOTD: Crop it Like it’s Hot (because it is).

News if you’re not in Portland: it’s been realllllly hot this summer. In an effort to wear as little as possible and still be able to go out in public, we present our favorite “look hot, stay cool” solution: raw silk crop tops by Argaman & Defiance! Anna S. and Barrie demonstrated just how comfy Read More

Sk8 Night 2015.

Our last all-staff hang set the bar high; the production team planned a private salsa dancing lesson for our group, followed by drinks and snacks. The evening was an educational (new skills!) and fun (music! moving! libations!) experience for all. This time, it was Team Office’s turn to plan something, and Betsy, Will, and myself Read More

Ways to wear modern metal hair ties.

It’s been nearly a year since we hosted the release party for a line of modern metal hair ties, the brain child of two rad-tastic Portland lady makers: Shannon from Caravan Pacific, and Erin of Studio ERG. Designed by Shannon and manufactured by Erin, the hair ties that we currently sell online and in-store come Read More

betsy & iya on Periscope!

Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life looks like for a betsy & iya maker? Thanks to the magic of Periscope, a relatively new live streaming service that’s connected to Twitter, we’re able to share behind-the-scenes moments – called ‘broadcasts’ – as they happen. That’s right, this live stream is an unfiltered, up-to-the-minute look into the work of Read More

July 4th Hours + What’s New!

We have good news and bad news. Good news: we’ll be open till 9pm on First Thursday, July 2nd, normal hours Friday, July 3rd, and 10am- at least 2pm on Saturday July 4th (call the shop after 2pm to confirm afternoon hours: 503-227-5482). Bad news: the year is now officially halfway over. But let’s not dwell on the Read More

OOTD: One Size Fits All of our Makers.

One style of shirt that looks amazing on several women: some might call this an item of fashion folklore, something they’ve heard about, dreamt about, but never actually seen. I’m here to show you that this shirt not only exists, but is currently for sale on our racks. #DreamsDoComeTrue Tienda Ho Jodi top, $134, seen L to R: Read More

Annealing is Magic.

As a jewelry maker, you see it all. From the supplies needed to make a piece laid out on your workbench, to the tools needed to bring them together, each step of the process is an up close and personal show. I passed Taylor recently annealing a tray of brass pieces that will eventually be Read More

How to Layer Necklaces.

It’s one of the most frequent jewelry styling questions we get: how do you layer necklaces without looking like you carelessly put on every piece of jewelry you own? If you’ve been to our shop, you might have noticed that the majority of the necklaces displayed in our windows and throughout the shop are already Read More

Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon 2015!

Well, here’s some cool news: betsy & iya can now claim the distinction of being one of Portland Business Journal’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in Oregon this year! Look, we got a trophy to prove it! Betsy, Will, and myself attended the event honoring these 100 companies and it was truly a spectacle. A room inside Read More

OOTD: Maxi(mum) Hotness.

If you google image search “perfect maxi dress” this is what should appear: it’s lightweight, it’s versatile, it’s throw-on-and-go goodness. I asked my fellow Anna to model it, and she shows off the dress perfectly. The front panels that cover the girls can be arranged in a variety of ways (two shown below) and the Read More

Small Biz Advice: How to Approach a Retail Buyer.

Small biz life: we’re living it daily, and we want to share what we’re learning. This post is intended to help any maker who’s just starting to think about wholesaling their goods, or needs a refresher on how to get noticed by a retail buyer.  Picture this: one day, it was all clear to you. Read More

Let’s just call it summer, ok?

Who cares if the “official” start of summer is still a few weeks away? The weather in Portland over the last few days – sunny and HOT – has us all ready to embrace longer days and shorter attention spans to be anywhere without a cold beverage and body of water close by. Luckily, the shop Read More