OUR STORY, HOW DID WY START?
We actually started off as a clothing brand, created between the jungles and beaches of the South of Sri Lanka, where Claudia lived for a few years and Ivette joined her to start their new project, WILD IVY, now STUDIO WY.
Our Art Kimono was the first piece we created after two years of research.
Somewhere along the way, we fell in love with fine jewellery. Claudia now lives in Bali, one of the few places in the world where the art of making jewellery has remained intact and passed along for hundreds of generations, so we started designing some pieces in precious metals alongside some artisans and we loved it.
We finally could create something that was elegant, raw, imperfect, sustainable, recyclable and combined ancestral techniques. It felt like it was us - every piece is unique, it has a different story and inspiration, and they all have their own journey.
We decided to do the final steps of the creation in Spain - where Ivette could supervise every piece - and where we could ensure the quality. We didn’t know at the time but our country is known for doing amazing gold plating!
We wanted to create something transparent, with soul, and we finally feel we are on the right track.
WHERE IS WY BASED?
We are a Barcelona based brand. Both of us were born in the city.
Our pieces are hand-crafted in small batches in Bali by our team of artisans. We then ship all the raw sterling silver pieces to Spain.
We hand-finish all our pieces in Valencia with a family-run company that has been doing this for 3 generations with the highest standards. We either gold plate or coat the silver to protect it.
All our orders are packed and shipped from Barcelona with eco-packacing.
WY IN 8 WORDS?
Transparent, raw, ethical, genuine, imperfect, elegant, sustainable & timeless.
SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL, HOW?
We manufacture in small batches, so we don’t have any excess. If we ever do, then we will melt the pieces and create new ones! Luckily, gold and silver are both recyclable and preserve their properties and quality.
We know well the families that create your pieces, the conditions they work in and the artisans salaries. We ensure that everything is done in an ethical way, respecting craftsmanship and all the people behind it.
We ship with reusable eco-friendly packaging. We have created our packaging so it can be used for many things over a long period of time.
We donate 1% of our total sales to approved environmental nonprofits through the organisation 1% for the Planet.