Despite both growing up in Seattle, WA, and having the same first and middle names, co-founders Jennifer de Klaver and Jennifer Worthington didn't find each other until a chance meeting in New York. From there it only took a short time for them to realize they were soul sisters in both style and entrepreneurial spirit. One summer day, while Jen Worthington was hosting a friendly gathering at her house for her daughter and friends, she and Jen de Klaver noticed how chic the teens' jewelry was. The two had a moment: What if they could offer a product that all of them loved, and also had an added bonus of a stylish prize inside? From there bella j. was born!
MEET THE JENS
JENNIFER de KLAVER
Jennifer de Klaver's work as creative director of influential brands such as Target and Joe Fresh has made her an authority on all things design and innovation. In addition to overseeing branding and advertising for leading names and a start-up out west, she also served as VP of Creative Services for west elm.
FAVORITE BELLAJ. CANDLE: Hip Hip Hooray
WHAT I LOVE: Traveling. I grew up overseas and love the exploration of somewhere new!
FAVORITE RETREAT: On the beach listening to the sounds of the waves.
WONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My computer - so much to create and do! Plus I am a nerd - I love technology.
WHO KEEPS ME GOING: The most amazing friends and family!
As a former Senior Vice President at Jerry Bruckheimer Films and CEO of "Little Angels", a division of Hearst Entertainment, Jennifer Worthington has made a name for herself as an entrepreneur, author and lifestyle expert. As a dedicated mother and influential career woman, she also opened many high profile entertainment concepts in Las Vegas and New York. In 2007 Worthington published the book "In the Spirit of Las Vegas" for Assouline.
FAVORITE BELLAJ. SCENT: Very Berry
HAPPIEST MOMENTS: Entertaining! I love gathering friends and family together, whether it's for a simple dinner or big holiday party. Wrapping beautiful presents and setting beautiful tables was something that my grandmother taught me and I love trying to outdo myself.
FAVORITE ANIMALS: My daughter's horses and our two cuddly dogs, Muffin and Lizzie.
FAVORITE FLOWER: Peony