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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA
USA

(310) 489-3763

Kristen Dorsey Designs, LLC was founded in 2011 by Kristen Dorsey, an award-winning Chickasaw metalsmith living and working in Huntington Beach, CA. For Kristen, jewelry goes beyond ornamental adornment; it is a medium with which she has forged her cultural identity as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a Native American tribe originally from the southeast.  Utilizing natural gemstones, precious metals, and other materials, her handcrafted jewelry pieces are a unique mix of Chickasaw visual traditions infused with inspiration drawn from the beauty of the California Coast.  Dorsey’s philosophy is that “jewelry is a sacred narrative; it captures moments of significance for the wearer such as transitions in life, relationships with one another, and with one’s community, cultural identity, and spirituality.”

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An open letter to the fashion press in light of recent cultural theft on the NYFW runway

Kristen Dorsey

We who are connected to our Native communities create adornment through consultation with our elders.  What we share with the world is shared in a thoughtful and responsible way.  We do not launch our careers to pull only ourselves upwards because we are “the result of the love of thousands.”  We are driven to succeed because we share our success with those who made it possible. 

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