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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA

(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.”




Join us for a Trunk Show and New Collection Preview on April 16th in Sulphur, Oklahoma!

Kristen Dorsey

Trunk Show in Sulphur, Oklahoma

Join us for a Jewelry Trunk show after the first day of the Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference and Forum. 

The Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference and Forum will be taking place in Sulphur, OK next week on April 16th -17th.  This gathering happens once a year and is an inspiring celebration of the achievements of Chickasaw women in an array of fields. Thus, there is no better platform for a preview of the new Panther Woman collection.  Panther woman was a historical figure in Chickasaw History.  She was a leader and battle strategist and her legacy is an example of the strength and determination of Chickasaw Women.  Each piece in the collection is designed with both elements of grace and power, much like the panther.  

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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