Modern Jewelry Made by a Husband and Wife Team August 30, 2016 09:00

Billy and Leah are the husband and wife team behind Baleen, a Seattle-based jewelry company. They believe that quality, handmade jewelry can be affordable and fun.


Their entire collection is assembled by hand, with care, in their home-based studio. They also own a Baleen brick and mortar outpost in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.


Their pieces can be described as effortless, modern and perfect for every day wear!


I spoke with Leah and here's what I learned about their company:

Q:  What did you do before founding Baleen?

A: Billy and I met while working for an independent menswear shop here in Seattle. I was working as a buyer and stylist, and Billy was doing graphic design and photography.

Then we both left the company to start our own ventures....mine a women's swimwear line and Billy's a men's jewelry line. After a few years of running our companies side by side and being each others' sounding boards, we decided to join forces and start Baleen :)


Q: What inspired you to start making your products?

A: We really wanted to create covetable, quality, modern pieces that were also affordable. Baleen has always been about good design for everyone.


Q: Explain Baleen in five words or less.

A: Minimal, modern, hand-made, affordable, inclusive.


Q: What has been the highlight of your year so far and what is your goal for Baleen in the remainder of 2016?

A: Well, we got married in May on Maui, so that is definitely the year's highlight for us personally. We look forward to growing more as a brand and now as a brick and mortar shop (we opened last Oct) - and are always striving to offer items that excite our customers!


We're in love with all of the Baleen pieces carried at Wander. (Shop the collection now.) Their pieces make a great treat for yourself or a gift for someone else!