Kathryn Bentley’s jewelry collections—she has two: a namesake line and the wallet-friendly spinoff, Dream Collective—grew out of that post-school bind that plenty of art students find themselves in: Well, what do I do now? Thankfully, Kathryn hooked up with some top-notch mentors in NYC, including name-to-know Philip Crangi. “When I worked with Philip, we worked in an elevator shaft in the basement of an antique store on Lafayette Street. He was still doing furniture restoration for the antique store upstairs in trade for rent,” she recalls. “I would do everything from using the torch to rewiring the lamp. If you worked there, you had to know how to do everything.” Kathryn brought this top-to-bottom approach to her own work as well: When she got the idea that she might want to start her own thing, she apprenticed for a model-maker, learning to carve wax so that she could produce all of her components from scratch—nothing would be borrowed from anywhere else.
Once her eponymous line got off the ground—filled with heart-breakingly beautiful watermelon tourmaline earrings and armor-inspired rings—she moved out to L.A. and added a second set of jewelry to the mix, focusing on relaxed, easy-to-layer pieces that suit the sunshine state of mind. “Moving to a new city as an adult and not knowing anybody, I had basically a year to work on design. It gave me more time to process,” she explains. And that cross-country transition is good news for us: It means more owning and less ogling.
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Kathryn Bentley’s 5 Top L.A. Hiking Spots The best way to see the city is from a distance.“Within minutes of leaving my house—and the hustle-and-bustle of the city—I can be surrounded by the most beautiful, pristine landscape,” says Kathryn Bentley of the jewelry line Dream Collective, who seems to have that whole L.A.-living thing down. “When I’m hiking, I often think of John Muir exploring the California wilderness a hundred years before me.” So where exactly does she head to get perspective? These are her go-tos. —alisha prakash“T... READ MORE »
Three Los Angeles Designers Kathryn Bentley Supports in a Big Way In fact, she carries their lines in her store. Bam.Kathryn Bentley has a namesake fine jewelry line, a Cali-cool label Dream Collective, and—as if all that wasn’t enough—a stellar Silver Lake shop that has become a total destination since opening its doors in 2012. Part of its magic? The awesome, hard-to-find wares Kathryn stocks, made by area designers who also happen to be her pals. “I find that most people coming into the store are looking for something locally made in California, so we’ve... READ MORE »
Kathryn Bentley Busts a Move Relocating to L.A. meant scoring a rad apartment and some seriously hip neighbors.“I lived in New York for 10 years, and I just had to go,” explains Kathryn Bentley of her decision to head west to Los Angeles years ago. “I lived in this amazing apartment on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street, and I thought I had arrived—and then I realized, ‘I’m claustrophobic here.’” The move bore some pretty stellar developments: airy surroundings (pictured here), a new, everyday jewelry line called Dream Collect... READ MORE »