Welcome Sara & Lindsey!

Ah, fall. I know spring is the season that gets all the credit for all things fresh and new, but I think fall is equally about fresh beginnings. Students start a new year of school, ready to learn all sorts of scholastic and life lessons. Employees are preparing for the last quarter of their year, Read More

OOTD: FALL into b&i.

In my two years at b&i, our clothing racks have never been as full and visually pleasing as they are going into this fall season. Suzy, our retail manager/buyer, and the whole retail team are straight up killing it when it comes to stocking our brick & mortar with the most versatile, functional, and beautiful Read More

New items on betsyandiya.com!

If there’s one thing we all love around these parts it’s shopping. The thrill of finding something to exchange for your hard-earned dollars can turn even the most rotten day upside-down. Our brick & mortar is top notch for shopping, whether it’s to improve your mood or let someone else know you care. We’ve been Read More

How to design a new jewelry collection: a 15 step tutorial.

No. 1: Sit down. No. 2: Open sketchbook, turn to a blank page. No. 3: Stare at that page. No. 4: Put hands on head and massage ideas out of brain while appearing super focused to people like your business partner, employees, and dogs. No. 5: Freak out and make blanket statements like, “I have no idea what I’m doing.” No. Read More

In-store SALE is on!

It’s time to make room for all the FALL fabulousness that’s about to descend on our shop. And that can only mean one thing: end of season markdowns! Starting today in-store only, select clothing, bags, and body care go on sale. Over the next three weeks, the discounts just keep getting better and better. Here’s Read More

The power of betsy & iya jewelry.

I recently took a few days off of work to visit my parents in Indianapolis. Coming off four days of total chill time with two of my favorite people – and a perfect stretch of not-too-hot weather – I felt more of the ‘post-vacation blues’ than I usually do upon my return to Portland. I Read More

Save the Date: Brunch with betsy & iya Sept. 26th.

On Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9am-12pm, we invite you and the whole family to come by betsy & iya for a very special morning shopping event. We’re opening a whole hour earlier to accommodate weekend schedules (aka after morning naps and before waiting in line for brunch) and rewarding you for your ‘get up and Read More

Unu Collection: NEW betsy & iya is here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! NEW betsy & iya jewelry is here: please share in our excitement as we reveal our Unu Collection. Materials used in this 17- piece collection of earrings, rings, bangles, and necklaces include sterling silver, heavy gold plating (goodbye, tarnish!), hand-spun fiber, as well as signature betsy & iya metals Read More

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


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