Worldwide origins. Designed in Dallas.
Allie + Bess's signature colorful beads are crafted and sourced from all over the world. Each piece is individually designed by this best friend duo and is inspired by their personal style. When they started in 2019, Allie and Bess sat around their kitchen tables together making each piece. As they grew, they began to include and employ local refugees. To this day, A+B's popular Zo, Vinyl, and speciality styles are still handmade by these talented artisans. What started as one bracelet has evolved to over 1,000 pieces including necklaces and earrings. ALLIE+BESS remains located in Dallas, Texas with a growing team of women bringing color, style, and a whole lot of joy to their community of customers.
The founders—and friends—behind this growing community of color
Jewelry design was not on the radar for Allie or Bess, two style-savvy Dallas moms who know all about juggling busy schedules. Both were working in the medical field when they met in 2010 (Allie, an occupational therapist; Bess, a speech pathologist) and became fast friends. Ten years—and numerous life changes—later, the pair were having coffee, contemplating their next chapter. “We were both burned out on the medical setting,” says Bess. “While therapy does have a creative element, we wanted a different way to express our artistic side.” Over four years later, the rest is history!
The Black Bead
Near the beginning, Allie and Bess received some good business advice: create a trademark for your pieces. Cue the famous black beads! In their first bracelets, A+B included 5 black vinyl beads as a symbol of their 5 kids. Today it's evolved into a black element or bead in every piece. Not only does it make their jewelry easy to spot, but also serves as a constant reminder of their biggest why.