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

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

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

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

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


NOW- August 4th: take $10 off orders of $75 or more, in-store AND online at! 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

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

Retirement Party Sale is ON!

We’re doing our own spring cleaning at b&i HQ and for us, that means pruning our jewelry line to ensure that what we offer is the freshest, most cohesive representation of betsy & iya. This time, we’re saying goodbye to over 35 styles, and to give these pieces a proper send off, they’re available online for the LAST Read More

Party Funds to Friends of the Children Portland.

Parties come and go and there’s usually not much to recap afterwards, beyond discussing any notable party outfits. Our recent 7th anniversary bash was different, though; we pledged to donate 10% of all sales during the party, as well as 50% of each original artwork sold to Friends of the Children Portland. I’m happy to update Read More

April 2nd: 7th Anniversary Celebration!

“Seven years, no itch: the betsy & iya story.” Coming soon to a NW boutique near you! Bad news: we aren’t releasing a movie. Great news: we are celebrating turning SEVEN years old with a huge party on April 2nd! Bring in the giant gold balloons, we’re going to whoop it up with the endless Read More

Power of the Purse Event.

Early March means longer days, flower buds, and for us, the Power of the Purse event! It’s our fifth year participating in this fundraiser that supports girls inc. of the Pacific Northwest. The event itself is on Friday, March 6th, and turns ten years old this year. The Power of the Purse gives attendees the Read More

First Thursday: Celebrate You + Me, pt. 1!

Our first First Thursday of 2015 is coming up on February 5th. Join us at the shop from 6-9 PM for a celebration of our newest collection, You + Me, pt. 1! – Shop all 15 pieces from the new collection – Create a Valentine’s Day Wishlist of items from our shop that we will Read More

NEW Collection: You + Me, pt. 1

World, meet You + Me. pt. 1*, the newest collection of jewelry from betsy & iya. This collection has been over a year in the making, drawing inspiration from touch, balance, & the many ways – literally & figuratively – that humans fit together. Made of brass, bronze, silver, and fiber, these 14 pieces are Read More

Holiday Hours 2014.

The weather outside= frightful. Inside of 2403 NW Thurman St= delightful! Holiday hours at our brick & mortar: 10AM-6PM through 12/24 CLOSED 12/25 (Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!) 10AM-6PM 12/26-12/31 CLOSED 01/01/15 <—!!!! 10AM-6PM 01/02/15 & beyond To say we’ve been busy is an understatement; thank you to ALL who’ve stopped by our shop Read More

Make your holiday Wish List at betsy & iya!

Get exactly what you want from us! Now through December 20th: Stop by our shop and make your Wish List of items from our brick & mortar. Set your loved ones up for success this holiday and get exactly what you want in the process. We’ll help you make a Wish List of your most Read More

Little Boxes 2014: Nov. 28th & 29th!

Here at betsy & iya, November = Little Boxes, the two-day shopping event and raffle founded by Betsy & Will in 2011 that happens the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving – aka Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Little Boxes is all about community; pooling the resources of our city’s vibrant independent businesses and using Read More

First Thursday Nov. 6th: OOAK Pieces!

November, 6, 2014: 6-9PM 2403 NW Thurman St. Portland, OR 97210   We’ll be open till 9pm offering out of season sale items, drinks, and a selection of one-of-a-kind betsy & iya pieces. Over the summer, Betsy led our production team in a Maker Playday, a dedicated amount of time when they reviewed sketches, experimented Read More


One of our unofficial company maxims here at betsy & iya is do nothing halfway. Another is that failure is not an option. Combine these and add some serious heart, love for the work, perseverance, and the results can be incredible. And yet, despite the presence of these forces in our company culture, I’m always Read More