Besties in Business
The Fab Four once wrote that we get by with a little help from our friends. When it comes to Kaleigh and Claire, that lyric is true in more ways than one. These two are not only real-life BFFs, they’re also co-owners together of One Six Five Jewelry!
Designed and produced in Columbus, Ohio, their handmade styles are created with everyday wear in mind, featuring high-quality precious metals and simplistic, yet elevated, designs. Since the brand’s beginnings, One Six Five has practiced a friends-first business model. “We met working together at a local clothing boutique and became quick friends! Kaleigh was still in school and making small batches of jewels to sell at the boutique and I fell in love with the jewelry. Once she graduated, we decided to start the brand together!”
Made With Love
One quick scroll through One Six Five’s Instagram, and we knew that we would become fast friends! In fact, their latest collection (now featured on our site) was designed as jewelry for best friends to wear together. “We were initially inspired by best friend necklaces from our childhoods. We hope the pieces spark feelings of nostalgia and love!”
As a brand that was founded on and fueled by friendship, it’s no surprise that their designs evoke feelings of warmth and joy. Made with care, the duo’s attention to detail is similar to how they approach their friendship. “We think putting time into friendships is really important, and we reflect this into our designs by forming, soldering, and buffing our pieces with care.”
That’s What Friends Are For
In the spirit of National Best Friends Day (which is everyday for One Six Five), ModCloth had to ask Claire and Kaleigh what makes their friendship – and business partnership – tick.
For Claire, she says, “I try to always put our friendship first over our business relationship! I think that ensures I treat her with respect and consideration in any business decisions. As a friend, Kaleigh is fun, kind, hilarious, empathetic, and thoughtful. As a business partner, she is always motivated and super creative. She inspires me to work hard (even when I don’t feel like it)!” If she had to describe Kaleigh as a One Six Five design, “Kaleigh would be the Contour Earrings because they are bold and unique – just like her!”
When asked about Claire, Kaleigh’s answer inspires awws, “Claire is one of the most loyal, reliable people I’ve ever met which makes for an awesome business partner and an even better BFF! She always has my back in both personal and business situations. She’s also hilarious and always knows how to snap me out of a bad mood!” As for which One Six Five design Claire is most like, Kaleigh says, “The Smiley Threader Earrings because you can always count on her to put a smile on your face!”