Kathryn Bentley is a jewelry designer who lives and works in Echo Park in Los Angeles. Her jewelry lines Kathryn Bentley Co. and Dream Collective are all handmade by Kathryn in her home studio.
I don't know where to start; her amazing jewelry or beautiful clothes or the house or her adorable chihuahua named "Dot" or the yummy lunch she made me! LOVED it all. I've posted about Kathryn's work here a few times before and have been a serious admirer from afar. After actually meeting her I love her even more because it turns out she's super sweet and kind in addition to being super talented.
Seeing her work space really gave me a sense of how much love and effort she puts on each piece. I think they'd make lovely gifts for holidays. ; )
Describe your personal style.
I generally dress simple and classic, but always mix in an ethnic pattern and layer the jewelry.
What's your inspiration when you design jewelry?
Recently I've been looking at navajo rugs, african textiles and tools, and Henry Moore sculpture.
Well worn Balenciaga bag from Ebay
What made you start your jewelry line?
I went to SVA for painting and didn't know where to work when I graduated. Some friends introduced me to the jeweler Aurora Lopez... I ran her showroom for 4 years. After that I worked with Philip Crangi and Manon Von Gerkan. I learned so much from each of these designers and decided it was time to set out on my own. I started with the fine jewelry Kathryn Bentley Co. then last year started the bridge line Dream Collective.
What are your favorite places to shop?
Mohawk General, Iko Iko, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, A detacher
Who are your favorite designers?
Apiece Apart, Rowena Sartin, Clare Vivier, Zero by Maria Cornejo, A detacher
Can you give us smart shopping advice?
My motto always, C.P.W. cost per wear... I've worn the same Belstaff jacket from the 50s for years... It just keeps getting better with age.
What is your most recent purchase?
Gold Repetto Ballet Flats
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
Chambrays, striped t-shirts and gold shoes.
Do you have any items you've been eyeing for fall?
Lindsey Thornburg Cloak
What items do you splurge on?
Antique jewelry... I think of them as heirlooms to be passed on.
Are there things you don't mind skimping on?
Hmmm, skimping... I do love a cheap canvas tote...
Who are your style icons?
Frida Kahlo, Iris Apfel
*See more pictures on my Flickr. (Lots more pictures of her beautiful home)
*If you missed last closet visits,
Closet Visit : Bo Carney
Closet Visit : Clare Vivier
Closet Visit : Heather Taylor