Betty Belts Press

KEYT News – Channel 3 Report August 10, 2019

VENTURA, Calif. – The jewelry store community proved it is close knit one with a local fundraiser.

Betty Belts in Ventura held a fundraiser for Arroyo Fine Jewelry. (Read rest of story)

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More than a Betty – Interview with Betty Belts designer/owner Donna von Hoesslin in the annual Philanthropy issue November 2013 .

“Philanthropy has many faces. There’s the stereotypical philanthropist who wears a dark suit, a shiny tie, and has very deep pockets. There’s also the philanthropist who’s all about telling you what a philanthropist she is, making giving the ultimate status symbol. Then there are the quieter ones, the ones who give because that’s who they are. Donna von Hoesslin, owner of Betty Belts, is one of these.

Her wholesale accessory business, based out of tiny shop on Fir Street in downtown Ventura, specializes in handmade, ocean-inspired accessories. Inside the cozy space that feels as welcoming as a friend’s living room,… (read rest of story)

Ventura County Star 2011 Reader Awards: Best Gift Store Ventura County Star 2011 Reader AwardsBetty Belts/Betty B. is chosen the best Gift Shop in the 2011 Ventura County Star Reader’s Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted!
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7Sky Magazine, July 2011 7Sky Magazine, July 20117Sky Magazine just can’t get enough Betty!
Eco- and fashion-conscious readers are “Liv(ing) With Style” in our Upcycled Surfboard Resin hoop earrings. Locally made here in Ventura, the jewelry is made with excess resin left over from surfboard building.
(click here to view), May 2011She’s So Skirt! – Donna von Hoesslin | Surfer Designer Activist
An interview with Donna in Skirt! Magazine tells the back story of Betty Belts.
“Donna von Hoesslin is a California girl who followed a drummer to Europe at the age of 17 and ended up living in Berlin for 17 years. She married into German nobility and was living the fabulous life of the social elite. During her time abroad she held various jobs as a fashion designer, translator and back-up singer for a European two-hit wonder band.”
7Sky Magazine, February 2011 7Sky Magazine, February 2011Our fabulous Lotus Necklace is one of the 7SkyGreenRoom Styles products featured in 7Sky Magazine‘s “Winter Highlights” shopping section.
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7Sky Magazine, September 2010 7Sky Magazine, September 2010Betty Belts’ Energy Wave Necklace is featured in 7Sky Magazine‘s “Fall Styles” section and on their
eco-friendly shopping site, 7Sky Green Room.
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EcoStyle Magazine EcoStyle Magazine
Betty Belts in Eco-Style Magazine!
Betty Belts Team Betty Cause Collection Press Release – May, 2010Betty Belts Launches Cause Collection May 2010
Four Surfers | Four Designs | Four Causes
Out of a journey to Bali with Team Betty, four new designs were born, each for a good cause. Betty Belts entrepreneur/designer Donna von Hoesslin and her partner photographer/filmmaker David Pu’u were accompanied by four Betty Belts ambassadors, Mary Osborne, Jeanette Ortiz and Sierra and Hailey Partridge on a recent work trip to Bali. These amazing women each created their own new design directly with Donna and the artisans who hand manufacture the Betty B. jewelry collection. Then they each chose a name for the design and a cause to donate 10% of sales to. (read more…)
805 Living, March, 2010 805 Living, March, 2010“B” is for Betty B.
805 Living‘s “Cool Issue” gives you an A to Z guide of everything that makes Ventura cool.
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VC Reporter, February 18, 2010 VC Reporter, February 18, 2010Donna and Betty Belts/Betty B. are featured on the cover of the VC Reporter!
A great story about Donna’s unique blend of commerce, compassion and community, and how Betty B’s beautiful handmade treasures make the world a better place.
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Ventana Monthly, February 2010 Ventana Monthly, February 2010Ventana Monthly is “Seeing Red” for February. Betty B.’s Chelsea heart pendant and Shawn Ovals Cuff are featured in the Valentine shopping section.
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Green T with Tamara TV interview Green T with Tamara, June 2009Environmental television series Green T with Tamara interviews owner/designer Donna von Hoesslin on location at the Betty B. store. Host Tamara Henry proudly wears the Flower Sea Glass pendant while learning about Donna’s Eco-Ethical business practices.
(click here to view) - 'California's Last Best Beach Town', Summer 2009“California’s Last Best Beach Town”
Virgin Atlantic’s shares Ventura, CA with the world. The travel site picks Ventura, CA as a Feature travel destination, names some top picks and gives tips on where to go and what to do while in town. Betty B. is highlighted as one of the places to visit while in Downtown. You can read the story online at
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Ventura County Star, June 2009 Ventura County Star, June 2009Betty Belts earns a spot as one of 50 finalists in the Intuit Small Business United Grant Competition! The grand prize is a $25,000 business grant. To enter, Donna and David Pu’u created an inspiring video entry that you can watch here.
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Ventura County Star, February 2009 Ventura County Star, February 2009Betty Belts received the Environmental Excellence Award and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce’s annual Poinsettia Awards. Ventura mayor, Christy Weir, surprised Donna by wearing a Betty B. creation at the ceremony in December 2008.
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Ocean Magazine - Winter 2009-2010 Ocean Magazine – Winter Fashion Issue (2009-2010)Not one, but two shoutouts from Ocean Magazine in the same issue. Betty Belts is the place to go to update your winter wardrobe. Our Zuri Peace Belt is an Editor’s pick and the Cutouts Leather Cuff is one of the Top 10 Winter Accessories.
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Ocean Magazine, Winter 2008-2009 - Betty B., Betty Belts Surf Team, Mary Osborne Jeanette Ortiz, Bo Stanley, Hailey Partridge, Sierra Partridge, Partridge twins, surfing twins, david puu, ocean mag Ocean Magazine, Winter 2008-2009Here is the Betty B. Winter 2008-2009 ad in Ocean Magazine featuring our the Betty Belts Surf Team and the gorgeous photography of David Pu’u. Look for it at newsstands everywhere. Click on the link to see the ad.
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Betty Belts Press Release Press Release – February, 2009Ventura based, Betty Belts was honored in December with the 2008 Environmental Excellence Award from the City of Ventura.
(click here to view) Skirt.comDonna gets some press for running a company that gives back in SKIRT magazine, a really cool publication for and about women. This October 2008 issue is the “Wonder Woman” issue and Donna had the honor of being featured as one of these”women who are up-and-coming icons of inspiration and success in our community”. Wow!
Hemispheres Magazine, July 2008 - hemispheres, hailey partridge, Betty Belts, david puu, ventura Hemispheres Magazine, Summer 2008Betty Belts now has the honor of being read about by people traveling all over the world! The United Airlines inflight magazine Hemispheres ran a 23 page long feature about Ventura, which is the home of the Betty Belts showroom and storefront, in their July ’08 issue. There is a nice mention of my business along with a sweet photo of my Gaia belt and Hailey looking like a dead ringer for a young Bo Derek. The story also opens with a stunning spread by my favorite mega-talented photographer David Pu’u. Click on the link to see what they had to say about Betty B. if you want to know more about why Ventura is such a fab place to live, even if you’re not a surfer like me. 🙂
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Ocean Magazine, Summer 2008 - Betty B., Hailey Partridge, Sierra Partridge, Partridge twins, surfing twins, david puu, ocean mag Ocean Magazine, Summer 2008Here is the Betty B. Summer ’08 ad in Ocean Magazine featuring our own Sierra and Hailey,
a.k.a. The Partridge Twins with the gorgeous photography of David Pu’u. If you don’t know Ocean yet,
look for it at newsstands everywhere, also Vons, Ralphs, Borders, Barnes and Noble. Click on the link to
see the ad in all its glory.
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Ventura Life Magazine, June 2008 - Mary Osborne, Ventura, Womens surfing, surfer girl, surf celebrity, david puu Ventura Life Magazine, June 2008Check out cover girl Mary Osborne! This Ventura Life cover is the best one yet and there are six more pages to read and see with some beautiful water photography by David Pu’u. Mary is wearing the classic Layna Teardrop earrings in rose.
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Santa Cruz Magazine, Winter/Spring 2008 - Sierra partridge, hailey partridge, partridge twins, surfing twins, santa cruz magazine, surfing girls, surf twins Santa Cruz Magazine, Winter/Spring 2008Our Betty B. girls are on the cover of Santa Cruz Magazine!
Click on the the link below to read the article inside and see more pics of these surfing twins!
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805 Magazine, June 2008 - Mary Osborne, 805 magazine, surfer girl, pro surfer, womens surfing 805 Magazine, June 2008Our fabulous ambassador, surfer Mary Osborne was featured in 805 Magazine, the men’s issue!
She is wearing the Chelsea heart necklace, the Bo earrings and our favorite, the leather peace bangle.
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Ventura Star, October 2007 Ventura Star, October 2007Betty Belts owner Donna von Hoesslin was interviewed for the Ventura Star Business Section about the new Betty B. Boutique in Downtown Ventura.
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7Sky Magazine, September 2007 7Sky Magazine, September 2007Betty B. got a wonderful review in the glossy and tres chic European Magazine 7Sky. It’s in French, but we wanted to share it with you. They featured the Chelsea necklace in brown, one of Donna’s best selling designs.
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Allure Magazine, June 2007 Allure Magazine, June 2007See Betty B. Team Riders Sierra and Hailey Partridge modeling in the June issue of Allure magazine. It’s a really cool photo and interview piece about the beauty of real surfer girls. Surfers Kassia Meador, Katarina Lyerly and Megan Abrigo were also featured.
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Press Release – Ventura, May 15, 2007The Ventura, California based accessories company, Betty Belts / Betty B. has joined Surfaid International as a Percentage Partner, creating the beautiful Surfaid Wave Necklace.
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WET Magazine WET Magazine AdAs seen in WET Magazine, premiere issue. Our new ad features the twins Sierra and Hailey wearing Betty B. earrings along with images of Mary and Chelsea from a beautiful sunrise surf session.
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WET is a brand new fabulous surf magazine for women. It is authentic and glossy at the same time, with substance that will appeal to those who surf and those who are interested in surfing.
Crafty Synergy Press Release – Ventura, July 20, 2006Betty Belts were featured on the Crafty Synergy blog about crafty women and their businesses. It’s about understanding a little more about what we do and maybe a place to inspire others to move forward with their dreams as well.
Press Release – Ventura, June 23rd, 2006Ventura and Santa Cruz based ocean-inspired accessories company Betty Belts was announced as a winner of the first annual Surfer’s Path Green Wave Award in the surf accessories category.
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Lucky Magazine’s Catch Of The DayOnly recently arrived in our warehouse, the new Chelsea Necklace was already featured as Lucky Magazine‘s Catch Of The Day! It’s gorgeous and unique, hand made with leather and named after Team Rider Chelsea Zaniboni, who wears it nonstop!
Press Release – Ventura, February 21st, 2006The ocean-inspired accessories company Betty Belts has been nominated for The Surfer’s Path Green Wave Award in the category of Surf Accessories.
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Lucky Magazine Website of The WeekBetty Belts had the honor of being chosen by Lucky to be the website of the week!
Just in time for holiday shopping! The ladies at Lucky know what great gifts they make. Who doesn’t want a gift that will remind them of the ocean and make them feel beautiful with all the compliments they get!
Press Release – Ventura, August 9th, 2005The surfer-owned and ocean inspired company Betty Belts has relocated from Santa Cruz to another surf town, Ventura, California. The internet-retail unit of the company will remain in Santa Cruz.
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IWS International Women’s Surfing
Betty Belts designer Donna recently had the honor of being asked for an interview by pro surfer Holly Beck for her International Women’s Surfing website. It was a great opportunity to talk about how Betty Belts are made and inspired and includes advice for aspiring designers.
Outside Magazine, Summer 2005 Outside Magazine, Summer 2005Our friends and fans discovered Betty Belt Gaia in beige in this very cool spread in the summer issue of Outside Magazine. Don’t know how it got there, but we’re stoked! Here Betty Belts help perfect the beach lifestyle look and guess what, it’s the real thing!
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Gillette Venus Vibrance Razor Gillette Venus Vibrance Razor AdLook for the Betty Belt Sula in the new Gillette Venus Vibrance Razor ads in People Magazine and many more!

Here you see this fabulous piece in orange worn as a belt. It can be worn so many ways, the possibilities are many. Tie, wrap or twist it around the neck or as a belt!
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Press Release – Santa Cruz, April 24th, 2005Betty Belts, the ocean-inspired accessories company run by surfer Donna von Hoesslin, is growing very nicely, reporting a doubling of sales in 2004 and projecting the same for 2005. (read more…)
Surf Life for Women Surf Life for Women
Here’s our Spring 2005 ad in Surf Life for Women featuring team riders Sierra, Hailey, Mary and Kia!
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Sweet! We got featured as one of the new designer chicks on the fabulous thriftychick website!
They were stoked on the affordable prices and uniqueness of our handmade goodies. Thanks, Thriftychicks!
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Surf Life for Women
See our current ad in Surf Life for Women featuring team riders and the Betty Bus!
Betties are getting off the beach and into the water!
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Apparel News, Summer 2005
www.apparelnews.comCalifornia Apparel News Waterwear magazine again showing the hottest looks for Summer 2005, this time focused on travel inspired looks. Here they chose the fabulous “Sula” necklace and our turquoise sequined beanie.
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Press Release – Santa Cruz, Oct. 10th, 2004Santa Cruz based Betty Belts announced today the addition of three talented new team riders to their women’s surf team: Dayna Pietrantoni, 20, of Dana Point who also rides for Hobie and twins Hailey and Sierra Partridge, 15, of Santa Cruz, who also ride for Arrow Surfboards and Freestyle.
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Apparel News
www.apparelnews.comCalifornia Apparel News Waterwear magazine show what’s hot for resort 2005 and features two items from the 2005 Betty B. collection, “Kia” mother of pearl stretch cuff bracelet and “Luna” mother of pearl
necklace. These items will be available starting Nov. 1st!
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“In our world of corporate, cookie-cutter surf apparel, the vast majority of clothing is either cheesy, over-priced, or both. The few big companies have the industry in a strangle hold, filling malls and surf shops alike with the same old swag. However, many small, grassroots companies have been…”
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Lucky Magazine Lucky Magazine’s Catch of the Day, June 2,
Another Catch of the Day. Betty Belts’ Shellflower Choker gets the nod from Lucky Magazine.
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YM July 2004 YM, July 2004
www.ym.comLayna teardrop shaped earrings were featured on a full page in the July issue of YM!Click here to view
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Surf Life for Women Summer 2004 Surf Life for Women, Summer 2004
And here is our ad again in the Summer Issue of Surf Life for Women!Click here to view
Surf Life for Women Spring 2004 Surf Life for Women, Spring 2004
Click here to viewThis is our first ad, which can be seen in the Spring 04 issue of Surf Life For Women, page 20. It’s a great issue about water women, see our friend Jamstar surfing 50 foot Waimea on the cover. Go Jamilah!
The Detroit News Detroit News Website, Mar. 19th,
The weekly fashion column in the Detroit News tells what’s hot in Michigan and discovered Bettybelts. Here’s what they had to say!
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San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News Website, February 6th,
Style Section, Front Page
Homegrown Fashion – Silicon Valley may be on the map because of its tech innovators, but there’s also a less well-known group of entrepreneurs working to raise the area’s style quotient…
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San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News, February 6,
Style section, pages 1 & 4
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Lucky Magazine’s Catch of the Day, February 4,
Betty Belts’ Sweetheart Belt is Lucky Magazine‘s Catch of the Day
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Surf Life for Women Fall 2003 Surf Life for Women
Fall 2003
Team Rider Mary Osborne wins Action Girl of the Year Award wearing Bettybelt Oliana
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Full page photo in a travel article of Team Rider Mary wearing Bettybelt Moana in black.
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Lucky July 2003 Lucky Magazine, July
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SG Magazine June 2003 SG Magazine, June

Fashion Spread featuring Lea in brownshell.
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Eastern Surf Magazine Also see BettyBelts in Eastern Surf Magazine’s (ESM) Summer Must-Haves Gear Guide, which is in the May issue of this bible of the entire right coast surf scene.

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