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716 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA
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(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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KDD babe Robin Arzon

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Name, Age (if you want), job title
Robin Arzon, 34, corporate lawyer turned Ambassador of Sweat, running coach, cycling instructor, and ultramarathoner.

Robin's Bio
SHUTUPANDRUN, my blog, is for athletes who think medals are the highest form of Bling. We sweat with swagger on the streets of our cities. And we never sacrifice style for function. Fueled by the ethos that there is no finish line, my life's mission - redefine, reform, and rethink possibility through movement.

A former social media producer for Nike Women, coaching athletes is my passion. One time I ran 5 marathons in 5 days across Utah. My to do list has one thing on it: do epic shit.

Sweat is magic and transforms lives. When I’m not training for ultramarathons, I'm a Head Coach at Peloton Cycle. As a co-founder of fitness movement UNDO ORDINARY, I combine sweat and fashion as Editor-In-Chief of print publication, UNDO MAGAZINE.

What is your favorite KDD piece? Why?
I own three pieces from Kristen now. The Small Panther Studs (currently sold out), the Shield Ring in black rhodium and the Small Shield Pendant. I feel that all of Kisten’s pieces are iconic.

How does wearing KDD make you feel?
Accessories are a part of her every day esthetic and Kristen's pieces translate a message of being powerful and cool. 

 What is one accomplishment you are the most proud of?
A huge accomplishment was the time I ran across Utah.

What does it take to be a trail blazer?
To Robin, being a trailblazer means having a healthy dose of tenacity. She says, “you have to have an unapologetic drive to carve away at a more gritty version of yourself. Trail blazers often live in a less comfortable place”.

KDD babe Traci Morris

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Hi everyone,

We would love to introduce our KDD babe Traci Morris! Traci has been a great friend of Kristen's and a HUGE supporter of KDD jewelry. She's such a special person, find out more about her below!

Profession: Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University; Member, Board of Directors, Phoenix Indian Center; Member, Consumer Affairs Committee, Federal Communications Commission.

About Traci: Morris is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists and galleries; written a college accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. 

Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculum, and development of broadband networks in Indian Country.  Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country.
As an entrepreneur the prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC a national Native American woman owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes.

What is your favorite piece and why? I particularly love the sun disk rings and the claw earrings, both of which I wear nearly every day and have for the past year. I have two sets of the claw earrings, black spinel and labradorite--they protect me. On the weekends, I love to wear the articulated shield ring. I have a number of pieces of Kristen's work, it is usually hard to decide what to wear. I love it all!

How do you feel when you wear KDD? In my leadership role, I like to represent Chickasaw. I work in the Southwest around Arizona tribes, so wearing Chickasaw pieces is the appropriate way to represent my tribal heritage. It is especially exciting now that people are starting to know Kristen's work; they ask me "is that a Kristen Dorsey piece?" 
 

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