About Us

Ahoy, welcome to Foamy Wader!

Our in-house collection of handmade jewelry and fiber art is inspired by the seaside and handcrafted on Whidbey Island. Our jewelry explores nautical themes and concepts through a minimalist design perspective (read about our jeweler below).

Creating jewelry with understated details and nautical inspiration is our calling - we've coined our aesthetic nautical minimalismWe handcraft jewelry for all you mindful thalassophiles (lovers of the sea) with understated style that share our belief in the deeper value and meaning of handmade goods.

Our small team creates each piece one-by-one with artisan wire work, metalsmith techniques, and the utmost of love and care. All designs are handcrafted with demi-fine metals, the loveliest gemstones, and thoughtful sustainable practicesWe use eco-friendly precious metals (most of our Sterling Silver is recycled!), ethical stones, and adorable recycled packaging.

Because everybody's idea of perfect is just a little different, we focus on custom made to order jewelry. Each piece is handmade just for you with love and the utmost care in our Whidbey Island studioWe design our delicate pieces to be durable enough for 24/7 wear, but life happens! We repair breaks on our jewelry, no questions asked. Read more about our lifetime warranty

We've garnered so much positive feedback in our 13+ years in business! Check out our reviews on Yelp, Google, Facebook, and over 1300 5-star reviews on Etsy. Our delicate jewelry is infused with a spirit of joy and playfulness - just like when wading in the foamy sea water at the beach. So, indulge; roll up those pant legs and hop in!

 

Our Boutique
Find us on Whidbey Island at 221 Second Street, #14 Langley, WA 98260

Available for scan-to-shop window shopping 24/7

Private shopping and consultations by appointment or chance Thursday-Sunday. Book an appointment for a private shopping session, bespoke/custom jewelry consultation, or jewelry repair.

Questions? Send us a message, or give us a call (206) 778-8469 

Have a look back at our first retail shop and a peek inside the studio from 2016

 

 

About the Artist

Foamy Wader is owned and operated by artisan jeweler Alexa Allamano (hi, that's me).

I began toying with wire and gemstones in 2007 as a creative outlet (because that day job in banking was pretty dull). Steadily my self-taught hobby became my passion!

After mass layoffs in 2008, I left my career in banking in favor of creating art and cultivating Foamy Wader. I like to say, "I got fired and then I got fired up!" And here I am 12 years later, living my best life!

I draw inspiration for my jewelry from the colors, shapes, and textures of the seaside. An ethereal sense of light, airy, playfulness is infused into my work.

I love deconstructing ocean and boating themes to create understated nautical jewelry. I'm all about that #nauticalminimalism (hint, you can follow that hashtag) 

I have been selling online through Etsy since 2008 (with over 1300 5-star reviews!)

I opened my first storefront in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood in 2014. After nearly three years, I couldn't resist the call of island life and re-located my shop to Whidbey Island (while 5 months pregnant no less...) We opened our shop in Langley June 1st, 2017. We love it here on Whidbey!

I currently oversee all aspects of Foamy Wader. And because every great business has to grow, so has our team! Production assistance and in-person customer service is handled by our shop assistant, Kaari. Resident "shop hunk" Matthew (aka the Foamy Husband) mans the shop from time-to-time.

Since 2009 I have participated in prestigious pop-up markets and craft fairs such as Renegade Craft Fair, Maker Faire, Urban Craft Uprising, and more.

My jewelry can be found in boutiques across North America (see our Stockist page for details).

My last name is Italian for "by hand". My grandfather was a sailor and a gemcutter. He instilled in me a love for both stones and boating. I was inspired to be my own boss by my father who owned his own motorcycle repair shop for over thirty years.

Want to hear even more about our story? Watch this wonderful interview with Evening Magazine