Our Story

Hadley James Lighting was started by a mother daughter trio - Bridget Collins and Lacey and Ashlyn Wooden.  We started Hadley James when we saw a void in the lighting market when designing our own homes.  We found that local stores had a  limited selection of lighting and it did not feel special or unique.  Most of the online stores were overwhelming with options and they all seemed to offer the same lighting.   After much research and many conversations with interior designers, home builders and friends we knew there was a need for an online destination offering thoughtfully curated and timeless lighting. We already had several sources of lighting that we loved but we began to research and carefully curate a selection of distinctive lighting, in a range of styles, from around the world.

The story behind our name: Hadley James (our grandmother/great-grandmother) emigrated from County Cork, Ireland to Boston in the early 1900's. This is where she and her husband Patrick James owned a general store and built their first home.  When the Great Depression hit they lost everything - the store and their home. They decided to move out West to seek better opportunities. Once they arrived in California,  their journey as a husband and wife home building team took off. The demand for houses was high with all of the population growth and the duo offered something extra with Hadley's eye for design. The inspiration Hadley and Patrick James gave us was the reason we decided to name our business after them.