Sale Jewelry for First Thursday, February 4th!

Awww yeah, we’re back for First Thursday action this February and we’re rolling out the ALL the as-is sale jewelry for your post-holidays/pre-Valentine’s Day perusing. The fun begins at 6pm on Thurs. Feb. 4th, and we’ll be open till 9pm. As you know, our sale jewelry doesn’t come out often, so kick off a fresh month with Read More

Unu Collection Lookbook is here!

The lookbook for betsy & iya’s Unu Collection is live! View the whole gorgeous thing online here. Released in Fall 2015, the 17-piece Unu Collection features earrings, necklaces, rings, and bangles in sterling silver, 14k gold-fill, brass, and bronze, as well as incorporating hand-spun fibers and colorful cord. The accompanying lookbook is a powerhouse of bold color, Read More

Sisterhood of the Casual Pants.

Behold, two gal pals who show up to their lunch date wearing THE SAME PANTS. Let’s see what happens. Stage one: Disbelief “Girrrrrl, you did not just roll up to this cafe wearing the same pants as me! It’s like we have similar tastes or something. Friendship is crazy.” “I KNOW. And I love how we decided Read More

New Year, New Must-Haves.

Happy 2016, dear b&i blog readers! We’re emerging triumphant from the post-holidays haze and ready to jump head first into a glorious new year. As per usual, we have tons of plans for 2016, most of which will be revealed in due time (c’mon, like I’d give away ALL our secrets this early in the year!). Read More

What to wear in the rain.

To say we’ve had a wet start to December would be extremely accurate. Everyone is allowed a few days of hibernation and reverting to the most functional of outfits, but eventually, something’s gotta give. You can’t just hole up and look a mess all winter! Not if we have anything to do with it. Here’s what Read More

betsy & iya Holiday Party 2015.

Another betsy & iya staff party has come and gone, and as per usual, I’m feeling quite reflective. This year, Team Anna (myself and Anna S.) was in charge of procuring a space and planning the logistics, and we totally lucked out when we scored Portland hotspot Accanto as the setting for our 2015 festive shin-dig. Sean Read More

Making of the Tilikum Crossing Cuff.

I’ve worked here long enough to know that no piece of betsy & iya jewelry just happens. Each wonderful ring, bangle, cuff, bracelet, earring, ring, and necklace has a lifecycle that often begins months or even years before our customers see it in our shop or online. Our newest design, the Tilikum Crossing cuff was Read More

Extended hours & December happenings.

Our holiday window says it all. “Better to Give” is our motto every season, but especially this time of year. Our brick & mortar and online shop are the places to shop for everyone on your list, and we’re putting the GIVE in “Better to Give December” with extended hours, giveaways, & more! Read on… Read More

NEW Tilikum Crossing Cuff is here!

Hey everyone, meet the Tilikum Crossing Cuff, the newest member of our newest Bridge Collection! The design of this cuff was inspired by the Tilikum Crossing, one of the many bridges that spans the Willamette River in betsy & iya’s hometown of Portland, OR. It opened to the public in September 2015 and is the Read More

Dec. 5th: Better to Give Saturday.

Saturday, December 5th join us at the shop for Better to Give Saturday, an entire day dedicated to our life motto! RSVP here and invite your friends! We’ll be donating 10% of all sales on 12/5 to Friends of the Children – Portland. We’ve given to FOTC as a staff, and through in-store promotions before, and we’re thrilled to Read More

Little Boxes 2015: 11/27 & 11/28!

If you don’t know, now you know: the two-day prize raffle and shopping event that takes place on Black Friday & Small Business Saturday (11/27 & 11/28 this year) is back and bigger than ever for its fifth year! Created by Betsy & Will in 2011, Little Boxes has become an annual tradition for the Read More

betsy & iya Holiday Event Roundup 2015.

Oh, hi, NOVEMBER. I swear we just saw each other. It couldn’t have been 12 whole months ago… could it? **realizes time flies, gets on with blog post** We’re kicking off the hustle and bustle of the season now, and here’s what we have planned for Holiday 2015. Get out your phone and/or paper calendars Read More

A-MAZE-ing Good Times.

We’ve done some fun all-staff activities this year: we learned to salsa, we went rollerskating, and now we can say that we’ve screamed like scared children together. Yep, we braved the Haunted Corn Maze at Bella Organic Farm on the Friday before Halloween (perfect timing!). Our October quarterly staff event was planned by our Retail team (Suzy, Anna S., Read More

Life Lessons from Jewelry Making.

Through the eyes of our makers, one can learn a lot. Not only about the tools, materials, and processes involved in creating the betsy & iya line, but also about life. There are so many parallels between making and living, and we’re sharing some of our favorite life lessons straight from the workbench. Set yourself Read More

How to get what YOU want this holiday season.

Let’s face it: gift giving is hard. No matter how well I know someone, I usually blank on what to get him/her when the holidays come around and often find myself standing dumbfounded in front of a rack of socks, unsure if the person looooves or haaaates wool. Fun factor= zero. Starting now, we are putting the fun Read More

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!

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