Bourbon and Boweties started when Carley Ochs made a few bracelets for family and friends with stones she brought back from China. One night, she wrapped wire around a red Solo cup and the first Bourbon and Boweties™ bangle was born. At the urging of friends, in August of 2012 Carley showed her jewelry to the owner of a store in Charleston, South Carolina, who immediately agreed to sell them and requested more. After only reaching out to a few more retailers, word of mouth has been the driving force of Bourbon and Boweties’ growth.
By November 2012, Carley was stunned with orders from more than 45 stores – hand-crafting each bangle and processing each order, all on her own. As orders continued to roll in and popularity was on the rise, Carley trained her mother and close friends how to make the bangles. This unintentionally became the method in which all Bourbon and Boweties jewelry would be made. Bourbon and Boweties started contracting out the jewelry making to local men and women in Tampa Bay Florida. By July 2013, Carley realized she needed full-time help and hired her first employee. Each piece is still made by men and women in the community, without the need for a manufacturing facility. Every bangle is adorned with gorgeous stones from around the world, which Carley hand-selects herself.
Bourbon and Boweties™ can now be found on the shelves of boutiques across the United States and in over 68 Nordstrom locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Thousands of women have now been “bowetied” with stacks of our, now famous arm parties. Amongst our famous friends, Bourbon and Boweties has been humbled with some fabulous followers such as, The Lilly Pulitzer and Jack Rogers brands, Korie & Missy Robertson, Katie Couric, Desiree Hartstock, Jo Dee Messina. Of course we cannot fort all the incredible women who flaunt their exclusive stacks and spread the loves of all things Bourbon and Boweties™, a jewelry line that will forever be “Made by Proud Southern Hands.”