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POP UP EVENT: Cuyana March 14 2017

This month we will be hosting the like-minded clothing and leather goods line Cuyana for a weekend pop-up!  We love Cuyana's philosophy of style over trends and quality over quantity.  Join us at our shop the weekend of March 25th & 26th and shop their essentials and new Spring collection.  Annnndddd......they will be hosting a kick-off party Fri the 24th (4-8pm) at The Little London Plane, along with shop favorite Herbivore Botanicals and music by Turntable Kitchen.  We will also be there, so we hope to see you!

 

 

  

 


LOVE WILL WIN February 16 2017

We've turned our LOVE WILL WIN sign into a postcard (available in-store only) and we will be donating all the proceeds to the ACLU.  We highly suggest using it to write your State Representative to let them know how you feel about specific policies.  
You have voice and it should be heard!  

 

Photo credit: @dmotif

 

Photo credit: @lostlaboratory

 

 Baleen's Billy B installing the sign in Fall 2016 - bringing joy and hope to the neighborhood.

 


Feeling the Love from The Fashion Magpie January 25 2017

Thanks so much to Jen, AKA The Fashion Magpie for such a beautifully written post about women of substance, featuring her favorite Baleen pieces.  A timely and much needed topic for us all to relish.  Here's to women of substance everywhere!


In the Press: Racked "Best of Seattle" July 25 2016

We're so excited to be named by Racked.com as one of the best shops in Seattle!  We are in great company with our friends over at Glasswing (pictured below) and Prism (our very first stockist), and all the other awesome shops chosen.  Having our brick and mortar shop is a dream come true and it makes us so happy that people are loving it as much as we do!  Here's to Seattle shopping!!

 

 


We're in Where! May 04 2016

Thanks so much to Stacy Booth at WHERE magazine for the lovely interview and feature in their Seattle Makers issue.  We love being makers and sharing what we do with others!

 

 

Photo credit: Andrew JS


In the Press: Emily Henderson January 20 2016

Thanks Emily for picking up our Gold Beam Necklace at Woonwinkel in Portland!  We're happy we can help out with your shopping addiction ;)

 

 

 

 


Open for Business! November 09 2015

We're super excited to announce that our first ever Baleen store is now open!  


We hope you'll come visit us next time you're in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  We're stocked with all our Baleen goods as well as a curated selection of affordable, unique gifts and lifestyle goods.  
Our shop is also attached to our new production studio, so you can see right where your Baleen is made :)

The Baleen shop is located at 6418 20th Ave NW  Seattle, WA 98107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Baleen Shop Opening! October 14 2015

We have very exciting news to share!  Baleen is about to open its very first brick and mortar store in one short week!  We have been working away on renovations and we are so thrilled to finally show the world what we've been working on.  This location will also house our new production studio, which you can peek into from the shop.   Our official opening day will be Tues, Oct 20th at 12 noon.  The shop address is 6418 20th Ave NW, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  We hope you'll come visit us if you're in our visiting the Pacific Northwest!

 

 

 

 

 


In the Press: Seattle Magazine September 16 2015

Loving this editorial from Seattle Magazine, showcasing the beauty of grey.  Featuring our Wide Ear Cuff in Sterling Silver.

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Press: KIIKKO August 13 2015

Thanks so much to Kiana at KIIKKO for the love and including us in her short list of favorite jewelry pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Press: Heaven Has Heels August 11 2015

A big thanks to Angela at Heaven Has Heels for the awesome interview!  Pasted and linked below:

 

 

 

 

 

 


It's heeerrrreee!! August 06 2015

The new collection, just in time for the golden hour of Summer, is here!  

 

 

 


We're on Polyvore Ya'll ! July 09 2015

Tulum Getaway

Tulum Getaway by wearebaleen featuring our Removed Rectangle Necklace

 

 

City Beach

City Beach by wearebaleen featuring our Tassel Bangles

California Girls July 09 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Models: Kelsie Fields & Rachel Culver
Photography: Linda Aguilera 

 


With Love from the Tropics July 07 2015

Our other home, Maui, is a constant source of inspiration for us....rich colors, beautiful palms, fruits bursting with flavor...the best of life.

 

 

 

 

  


Stockist Love: Likely General, Toronto, ON May 26 2015

We recently caught up with one of our favorite shops, Likely General, in Toronto.  Owned and curated by Brooke Manning, Likely General is a brick and mortar focused on providing handmade goods by up and coming designers. The shop also hosts a variety of events, workshops, and an ongoing Feminist Film night!  And...they have a beautiful shop dog named Jane :)

 

 

BALEEN: Where are you located?

LIKELY GENERAL: We are located in Roncesvalles Village, a lovely west-end area of Toronto lined with independent shops. The neighbourhood is incredibly friendly and supportive of local businesses.

 

 

B: What do you sell?

L: We sell handmade, quality goods, built with integrity and timelessness in mind. 

 

 

B: What is the best part of owning your store? 

L: The best part of owning your own store is being your own boss, of course. A close second: supporting the work of hard-working makers and friends. 

 

 

 

B: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

L: I have had your little gold x studs in my ears for a year now! I never take them out!

B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

L: I'm a simple woman, I love strawberry ice cream, and I love cheese pizza.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Verdure May 07 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair & Makeup: Amanda Ochoa
Model: Jessy Raisa
Photography: Linda Aguilera 

 

 

 

 


Coffee Break April 23 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair & Makeup: Amanda Ochoa
Model: Jessy Raisa
Photography: Linda Aguilera 

 

 

 


Stockist Love: Prospect - Paia, Maui April 21 2015

Maui is our second home and we love spending as much time there are possible.  It's always re-charging and gives us fresh perspective. Our favorite area on Maui, hands-down, is the North Shore town of Paia.  There's a vibrant scene of restaurants, shops and artists, and we're super excited to be working with Prospect, Paia's newest boutique.  We love their mix of surf brands and fashion-forward pieces for both men and women, as well as inspired home wares and accessories - all in an original plantation-era building nestled right in the center of town.  We were stoked to find out more about Prospect from Mary, the shop manager and buyer:

 

Baleen: Where are you located?

Prospect: Paia, HI. Its an eclectic little town on the north shore of Maui. Paia was originally home to the Hawaiian sugar mill plantation workers. What remains now is a laid back small town located 1 block from the beach and is the last place you will pass through on the famous road to Hana. A lot of the original, brightly colored buildings are still in use. You will be sure to see some interesting people in Paia... from Surfers, gypsies, hippies, locals, tourists, musicians, and artists. Many call Paia their favorite place because of all its quirks! 

 

 

B: What do you sell? 

P: We carry a variety of different things from Men's, Women's, and Children's clothing, hats, shoes, sunglasses, bags, jewelry, home accessories, outdoor accessories such as; hammocks, camping gear, Penny skateboards, etc...the list is always evolving! We aim to stock unique and underexposed lifestyle brands, quality, well-established brands, and of course local companies/artists! 

 

 

B: What is the best part of managing your store? 

P: The best part of managing PROSPECT_paia is just being a part of a really cool and well respected shop. I am so proud of it! The owner, Casey, is a an awe-inspiring person to work for. Always positive and keeping the shop fresh! She has created the fun and friendly environment at Prospect that we live up to! I would say that when neighbors and locals stop by just to say hi and listen to our music, we must be doing something right! :)

 

 

B: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

P: It’s hard to just pick one piece. Baleen is such a RAD line!!! Theres not one thing that we don’t love about it. The pieces that I can’t seem to order enough of are the teardrop bangles and wide band rings. 

 

 

B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

P: Peanut butter ice cream and Veggie pizza!!!! :) 

 

 

 


Stockist Love: Satori - Tacoma, WA April 17 2015

Here's the behind-the-scene with our lovely stockist Satori, a beautiful shop in downtown Tacoma, WA, co-owned by couple Diamond and Andrew.  We love their attention to quality and affordability, and their great sense of style!

 

Baleen: Where are you located?

Satori: We are located in Tacoma's 6th Ave district, known for its nightlife and great restaurants! 6th Ave is a great area that connects multiple Tacoma neighborhoods and has an incredible community feel.

 

B: What do you sell? 

S: We sell women's clothing, shoes, accessories and some home wares.  We hand pick everything and look for lines that are made with outstanding quality.  People usually talk about how soft our clothing is and we work hard to get only the best things in! We also try to support local brands and lines made in the USA.  About half of the brands we carry are made in the US.

 

 

B: What is the best part of owning your store? 

S: The best part about owning our own store is being able to express ourselves through fashion and have people appreciate it.  Neither Andy or I have any professional fashion experience so it feels good to hear all the good buzz about Satori.

 

 

 

B: What's your favorite Baleen piece?

Our favorite piece by Baleen is the U Shaped earrings in gold. We love the simple shape and the fact that its an everyday jewelry piece you can wear day or night. They are always the first to sell out! 

B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

S: LAVENDER ice cream at Ice Cream Social here on 6th ave. The best.

          Baleen <3 Seattle April 15 2015

          We love our home town of Seattle and want to share some of our favorite things to do here!  Many feature our hugely adored Ballard neighborhood, because of course, we love it and prefer to rarely leave....but many are in areas all over town, and very much worth the drive. If you're planning a visit, do yourself a favor and hit up some of these spots:

          Eat:

          • El Camion - Really amazing, authentic, ridiculously-affordable Mexican food
          • Ba Bar - Vietnamese street-style food and craft cocktails, in a really great atmosphere
          • Joule - Korean-fusion and fantastic drinks, in a classy setting
          • Maneki - Landmark Japanese spot dating back to 1904 with tatami rooms and very authentic food at a great price
          • Honoré - Snug, artisan bakery serving espresso and flawless French pastries 
          • The Fat Hen - Beautiful neighborhood restaurant serving Italian and new American fare in a relaxed, rustic setting
          • U Needa Burger - Casual, high-quality burger joint

          Drink:

          • The Hideout - A really great bar to get really great drinks
          • Ballard Smoke Shop - A classic fisherman's bar, family-owned since 1971 and luckily hasn't changed much since
          • Essex - Stunning cocktails with homemade ingredients, served up in a neighborhood hot spot
          • Hazlewood - A Ballard favorite, this spot is like home and serves up great drinks and characters, always a good time
          • Twilight Exit - Cozy, neighborhood divey spot with great bar food and atmosphere
          • Stateside - Modern, tropical ambience with superb drinks and French/Vietnamese fusion fare.

          Shop:

          • Prism - A highly curated vintage and independent designer retail experience
          • Moorea Seal - An inviting shop selling handcrafted accessories for the body and home
          • Nube Green - Apparel, home goods and accessories crafted by American artisans
          • Butter Home - A Cozy shop featuring unique housewares and accessories
          • Glasswing - Beautifully curated and merchandised boutique featuring clothing and items for men and women
          • E. Smith Mercantile - Beautiful gift and personal items shop in front, and a great bar in back
          • Totokaelo - High-end, aspirational retail environment, with beautiful, museum-worthy apparel, accessories and home goods.

          Play:

          • The Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens Beach
          • Volunteer Park Conservatory & Asian Art Museum
          • Vashon Island - Take the 20 min ferry from downtown and explore this magical island
          • Green Lake - Fresh water lake in North Central Seattle
          • Gasworks Park - Public park on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Co gasification plant
          • Discovery Park 
          • The Ballard Sunday Farmer's Market
          • The Frye Art Museum - FREE admission and excellent exhibitions

           

           

           


          Baleen for the Bride & Her Gals April 13 2015

          Summer wedding season is almost here!  Lucky for you we love outfitting bridal parties and brides!  For large orders please contact us at WeAreBaleen@gmail.com for group discount options.  Here are some inspiration shots to get you excited......

           

           

           

           

           

          Photos courtesy of Vanasse Studios, Ginger Bee Events, and Ying Yu.


          How to Figure Out Your Ring Size April 10 2015

          Thanks to WhoWhatWear.com for this helpful chart!!

          Stockist Love: Raygun - Des Moines April 05 2015

          We love working with independent boutiques with unique points-of-view and their own distinct style.  For that reason, Raygun, in Des Moines, Iowa is one of the shops that's near and dear to our hearts.  We interviewed their buyer Lucy Shay for the low-down on what they're all about.

           

          Baleen: Where are you located? 

          Raygun: In the East Village - Des Moines, Iowa not New York city. Our neighborhood sits at the foot of our state's capital grounds. Its just a few blocks big, but we have managed to have some of the nicest shops and the coolest owners all in a three block radius.  Fun Fact :) - our shop just moved to a much bigger location and attached a coffee and cookie shop to the south side of our store. 

           

           

          B: What do you sell? 

          R: We started off as a screen printing company - printing funny shirts and band merch. Today, we still make our own line, but now add other cool brands that compliment our own. Brands we love usually are a small company with good ethics or made in the usa.

           

           

          B: What is the best part of owning your store? 

          R: Being able to contribute to the growth of a neighborhood that once was industrial and quiet and turning it into a neighborhood that is now alive with artists, small businesses and music. 

           

           

          B: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

          R: All the shop girls are obsessed - over any of the earrings. My favorite is the long unshaped earrings, so minimal so cool. 

           

           

          B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

          R: If it existed I would do ice cream-topped pizza, but sadly that might be too melty so i’d say extra cheese  - i love cheese!

          B: Touché!

           

           

           


          Stockist Love: Nube Green - Seattle March 30 2015

          Our latest stockist interview is with Ruth True, the founder of Nube Green, a local Seattle shop featuring US made and sustainably sourced goods. We love their selection of home goods, jewelry and apparel and their focus on eco-friendly products. A must-visit if you're coming to or live in Seattle!

          BALEEN:  Where are you located?

          NUBE: We are on The Hill (Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA) - it's our hood.  We love it here: the proximity of the park, great restaurants, and the most amazing people - seriously, people who are thoughtful, fashionable, and outrageous!

           

          B: What do you sell?

          N: We sell goods that are made and sourced in the US with some element of sustainability.  I started this business because I really want to support all the amazing artists in our community.  Initially, it was hard, but this current generation really understands paying for something that will last a lifetime - that in itself is sustainability at work.  And, the artisans??? The craftsmanship is truly outstanding.

           

           


           

          B: What is the best part of owning your store?

          N: Meeting the community and collaborating with them. We have a loyal clientele, and we try to make sure that the store stays fresh.  So, we are always out there meeting new makers and old players in our community.  For example, we just finished a collaboration with Crescent Down Works - we love having this new take on a classic vest in our shoppe.

           


          B: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

          N: AHHH.... that's such a hard one.... I really like the ​Gold Cube studs; haha, I'm actually wearing them right now.

           


          B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping?

          N: Hands down, Eduardo Jordan's brown butter ice cream. He's opening a joint near your studio soon - Salare - supposed to open this summer. You should definitely check it out and tell him that I'll buy your first scoop if it's on the menu!

          B: Aww, thanks so much Ruth!! Our mouths are already watering, can't wait to check it out :)

           

           

           

           


          Sunday Dreaming March 25 2015

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          Hair & Makeup: Amanda Ochoa
          Model: Jessy Raisa
          Photography: Linda Aguilera 


          Stockist Love: Twig & Twine - Los Angeles March 18 2015

          We're kicking off our new blog series, "Stockist Love", with the lovely Los Angeles based Twig & Twine, owned and curated by floral designer Heather Williams.  T&T is one part floral shop - featuring stunning arrangements and botanicals for special events and everyday, as well as workshops - and one part retail boutique featuring artisanal goods carefully selected by Heather.  

           

          BALEEN: Where are you located? 

          T&T: Virgil Village but most people don't know where that is in Los Angeles so I often say the outskirts of Silver Lake or East Hollywood. We are an up-and-coming stretch on Virgil Street hopefully paving the way for more retail locations and eateries to open up. 

           

          B: What do you sell? 

          T: Twig & Twine is a retail flower and gift shop. We are a full service florist but also sell artisanal goods, unique gifts and home decor. Not only can you pick up a fresh flower arrangement for a birthday but also grab a small gift to go along with it. 

           

          B: What is the best part of owning your store? 

          T: I love the community aspect of owning a shop. My regulars are great and are very appreciative of my contribution to the neighborhood. 

           

           

          B: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

          T: The Rose Gold U Shaped Earrings. Rose gold is my favorite and the simple yet unique design of the earrings are great.  

           

          B: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

          T: Impossible to choose just one but I can never say no to a good salted caramel ice cream.

          B: Us too!  Thanks Heather!!

           

           

          Photo credit: The Cult Collective


          New Blog Series: Stockist Interviews March 16 2015

          We're super excited about our upcoming new blog series where we feature some of our favorite stockists around the county and abroad.  We'll be asking them some questions so we can find out more about what makes them tick, and to get a preview of what it's like to shop in their stores.  We decided to turn the interview on ourselves first, to kick it all off.....so here goes:

           

          Q: Where are you located?

          A: We are based in Seattle, in the amazing Ballard neighborhood - of which we are huge fans.  Ballard is kind of like it's own city and has a distinct feel - nautical and old-school in a nut shell.  It's quickly growing in population and popularity, but is thankfully staying true to it's maritime and hard-working history.  We have great beaches, lots of shopping, bars, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as some classic characters

           

          Q: What do you sell?

          A: We sell handmade, affordable, modern, minimalist jewelry.  We like to cut the fat and keep all our designs really pure and simple---that way you can wear our pieces everyday and with ease.  We like to compliment your look, not take it over :)

           

          Q: What is the best part of owning your store ? 

          A: We love making and designing things, and Baleen gives a great and fun creative outlet, that also supports our lives.  And we love that we get to work together!

          Q: What's your favorite Baleen piece? 

          A: We are partial to the U-shaped earrings.  We offer them in gold, rose gold and silver.  We adore their ultimate simplicity and find them so easy to wear.  Even putting them on is so easy--- no backs to fuss with.  We love them so much we decided to offer J-shaped and Long U-shaped earrings!

          Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and/or pizza topping? 

          A: Salted Caramel ice cream, hands down.  In shake form, from Molly Moons.......mmmmmmmmm

           

           


          Spring's First New Arrivals! March 10 2015

          Hi Friends!!!

          The sun has been showing it’s beautiful face here in Seattle for the past couple of weeks! We’re personally more than ready and are welcoming the change of seasons. Baleen has been quietly working away for the past couple of months and we are ready to debut the fruits of our labor.

          In this first release of new items for Spring we’ve expanded some of our best sellers and favorite designs and also added some new favorites. In about a month we’ll be following up by releasing even more exciting brand new designs. Here's a small sampling, can’t wait to see what you think!!



          Feature: The Tread Effect December 04 2014

          Lovely Fall styling by The Thread Effect, and we especially love the incorporation of our Parallelogram necklace!  

           

           


          Interview & Giveaway: Moorea Seal Blog December 04 2014

          Thanks to Moorea Seal for the lovely interview and blog post!  There's a giveaway involved, all you have to do is comment on their blog and a free pair of stick studs could be yours!  


          In the Press: Q13 Fox News October 24 2014

          We were on the news (!), along with other great finds for under $50, curated by our lovely Seattle stockist Moorea Seal.  Woohoo!

           


          In the Press: Ansel and Opie October 18 2014

          Thanks to Tiffany at Ansel and Opie for the feature!  

           Here's the full interview:

           How did Baleen start?

          After working as a Graphic Designer for many years, Billy decided he really wanted to work with his hands and started a line of men's jewelry (Vim Beget) about 5 years ago.  At the same time I was starting my line of women's swimwear and online shop (Drifting Arrows).  We were very involved in each other's companies from the beginning and eventually we started collaborating on ideas for some women's jewelry pieces.  Then, just over a year ago we decided it would be really fun to do something as a team and at a price point that everyone can afford.  That was the birth of Baleen :)

          Where did you come up with the name?

          We just really liked the word Baleen and then realized it was a bit of a combo of both of our first names.  Baleen is a whale reference, and similar to some whale species we also "migrate", from our home in Seattle to Maui multiple times a year to get to the warmer waters.

          I love that the pieces are handcrafted, did either of you go to school for jewelry design?

          Neither of us went to school to study jewelry design, though Billy took some jewelry classes in college while studying Graphic Design, and we both played around a lot with making jewelry as kids.  Working with our hands is something we both really enjoy, and in addition to making jewelry, Billy loves to design and craft furniture and I love to design and make clothing.

          Are there any plans to expand the Baleen brand?

          Right now we are so happy to be able to work with such great stores, all around the country and beyond.  Eventually we would both really love to have our own brick and mortar location as well.

          Where do you see the brand in 5, 10 years?

          We'd love to become the go-to brand for people seeking high quality, hand-made, affordable jewelry.  Our goal is to source all our materials from the US and continue to make everything in-house.

           

           


          Study of Light & Shadow September 24 2014

          Baleen just launched a brand new collection full of minimalist, modern and bold gold pieces.  
          As always, everything is hand made in our Seattle studio.
          We took the collection into the late Summer sun for a study of light & shadow, which we hope you enjoy!


          Photography - Josie Simonet
          Model - Danae Kreisher
          Stylist - Katelynn Bartiromo
          Assistant - Haley Blavka

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           


          Twig & Twine August 12 2014

          We love our stockists, and is it any wonder when they have gorgeous shops like LA based Twig & Twine?  It's an honor for us to be featured amongst such beauty!  Here's a lovely interview with Heather, the owner of Twig & Twine.  If you ever find yourself in the Silver Lake neighborhood of LA, be sure to stop in! Here's some pics to get you excited :)

            

           

           

           

           

           

           

           


          Super Social! July 23 2014

          Hey errbody, Baleen has added both a Pinterest and an Instagram account to the mix. You can now find links to those and our good old Facebook account on the bottom section of any page on our site. Just click on the icons there or the one's below and you'll be there as fast as your internet connection can take you.

           

          xo Baleen

           


          Baleen X Poketo X Nordstrom July 10 2014

           

          We are super excited to be a part of the Poketo POP-IN at Nordstrom this month!  If you're not familiar with Poketo, they are a Los Angeles based boutique/gallery specializing in "art for your everyday".  It's such a pleasure to be amongst such great company!  And here's a sneak peek at our interview with Nordstrom:

           

           

          What is the highlight of your work on a day-to-day level? And overall?
          “Most days don’t go by without one of us stopping to comment on how awesome it is that we’re doing what we’re doing. We started Baleen just over a year ago and didn’t know what would happen, so we feel super-lucky to be doing this—working for ourselves and doing it together.”

           

           

          What projects are you looking forward to executing in the second part of 2014?
          “We have lots of ideas for new pieces and can’t wait to set aside some time for design and development. We’re constantly finding inspiration and love how fast (relatively) we can turn an idea into reality—and then see it on our customers. One of the things we love most about doing jewelry is that when you’re able to sit down and focus on development, it’s almost-instant gratification!”

           

           

          How did each of you come to jewelry design?
          “Billy took some classes in college and started a line of men’s jewelry about five years ago. We’re always involved in each other’s work, and we started collaborating on ideas for women’s pieces. We decided it would be fun to do something together, so we just went for it.”

           

           


          In the Press: Design Sponge June 02 2014

          We're super honored and excited to be featured on Design Sponge!  We did a Sneak Peek interview which features images and stories about our home.  Check it out here! 

           

           

           


          Trunk Show at E. Smith Mercantile May 30 2014

          Come meet the us, shop our current collection, drink some delicious craft cocktails, and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Seattle's E. Smith Mercantile!  This Thursday, June 5th, starting at 4-11pm.

           


          Studio Visit from Nube Green May 09 2014

          We recently enjoyed a lovely interview and studio visit from one of our favorite Seattle stockists, Nube Green.  Ever wondered where we got our name or other fun facts about us?  If so, read on :)

           

          NubeHow long have you made jewelry? 

          Baleen: Billy has made jewelry for about 5 years now, when he started his other line of men's jewelry, Vim Beget. During that time Leah was helping and learning many of his processes too. One of the earliest pieces, which was a lengthy hand-woven chain necklace really made us excited about making jewelry.

          NubeHow did you get your name? 

          BaleenWe really liked the word Baleen and then realized it was a bit of a combo of both of our first names.Baleen is a whale reference and similar to some whales we "migrate", from our home in Seattle, to Maui multiple times a year to get to the warmer waters. 

          NubeHow do you split your time between Seattle and Maui? 

          Baleen: We usually go to Hawaii every 5 months or so and take a nice hiatus from our routine.  We are super lucky to have family (Leah grew up there) and a place to call home there.  It's generally a time for re-charging and re-focusing for us.  We do a lot of research and development and design work there.  It's such a relaxing place and ideas just naturally flow, plus we get really great perspective and come up with ideas and see things we wouldn't in the midst of our daily routine. 

          NubeIt seems travel is a large part of your lifestyle and inspiration?

          BaleenTravel is so important to us.  We are kind of home-bodies in general but we really need to get away and love exploring new places.  Our recent trip to Tulum, Mexico was super inspiring.  The Mayan culture and history is really interesting and we really loved being exposed to that, through the ancient ruins and cenotes we visited, and seeing art from local artisans and crafts people.


          In the Wild April 18 2014

          Baleen's newest arrivals recently went out into the wild for a stunning photo shoot
          with a super talented Seattle-based crew. Enjoy!

          Photography - Josie Simonet
          Model - Katie Carr
          Stylist - Kirby Calvin
          Assistant - Haley Blavka
          Hair/Makeup - Jamyrlyn Mallory

           

          Gold Beam & Gold Brick Necklaces




          Gold Beam Necklace, Silver Circle Ring,  Gold Wide Band Ring









          Black & Neon/Gray Bangle Sets



          In the Press: Lei Chic, Honolulu Mag March 12 2014

          Much aloha and thanks to Katrina at Honolulu Magazine's Lei Chic for the lovely write up!  Link to full article here.

           


          With All My Heart January 25 2014

          Wondering how to express your love AND lust in a single gesture?! Easy! Just in time for Valentine's Day......Baleen Press's newest arrival.  Hand letter-pressed by us, each one is special and unique. Just like your loved one :) 

           

           

           


          Talkin shop with Cairo December 14 2013

          We recently sat down with the wonderful people over at Cairo (one of our main local stockists) to talk shop.

          Spanning two states, three retail & art spaces, two records labels, and one wholesale clothing line, this amazing retailer aims to bring relevant products, experiences and connections to the communities they serve locally and internationally. Five years in, they are still just getting started.  And we are so happy to be a part of what they do!

          Read the full interview here.  Below are some shots of their beautiful shop Prism, located in the Ballard neighborhood (our hood) of Seatte.

           


          Likely General in Kinfolk November 09 2013

          Congrats to our Toronto stockist Likely General, for their feature in the lovely Kinfolk magazine!  


          In the Press: Seattle Magazine July 18 2013

          Get your bangles!! Thanks for the love Seattle Mag!


          Get your Greetings on! July 17 2013

          We just added a really exciting new section to our site. Greeting Cards!!

          Not just any old greeting cards. Hand letterpressed and witty as shit greeting cards!

          Remember all of your favorite songs*? We made cards out of them.

          Available individually or in a 3-pack.  

           

          *not necessarily all of them


          In the Press: Lonny July 15 2013

          Super excited about our feature on Lonny, and thanks to Jess Chamberlain for the write-up!


          Pleased to Meet You! April 08 2013

          We are Billy and Leah, of Baleen.  We decided to start Baleen because we think nice things don't always have to be expensive, or extravagent.  We also love making things for people to wear.  We hope you enjoy what you see, and that you'll come back and visit us from time to time to see what's happening.  New pieces will frequently be introduced to the line to keep things fresh and lively, and our prices will always be easy on your pocketbook.