Check Out Kathryn Bentley’s Instagram-Worthy Morocco Travel Diary

Ah, the hues! The textures!

Last fall, Kathryn Bentley, the designer behind the colorfully cool jewelry line Dream Collective, skipped town and headed to Marrakech for a ten-day excursion with her pal photographer Sarah Ball. “Sarah lived in Tangier a few years ago, so I knew she was the perfect person to navigate Morocco with and haggle for rugs,” Kathryn says. See what they saw—and where they hung out. —alisha prakash

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“We stayed in two different riads to get the full experience. Vanessa Branson opened El Fenn in 2004, converting several private homes into her hotel. When we arrived, mint tea was served in the courtyard outside our room. There were turtles wandering around the beautiful interior garden. The highlight of the room was the bathroom—with domed ceilings, a giant bathtub, rose petals, and orange blossom soap. Every morning and evening, we would dine on the roof looking out over the city. We basically ate a tagine every meal and drink gris wine. Breakfast was my preferred meal, with fresh-squeezed orange juice, local yogurt, and Berber pancakes.”

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“I loved the paradise green tiles covering the stairs and wide hallways of the interior of the hotel. Poppy-dyed red Berber carpets lined the hallways with simple white Berbers inside the rooms.”

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“We would get lost in the narrow, maze-like streets of the Medina. I love the simplicity of these colorful doors.”

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“The process of shopping for rugs involved pulling out maybe 20 rugs then slowly eliminating. I would love to see the bottom of the stacks! Chez Les Nomades has an amazing and enormous selection of Berber rugs. When the haggling is over, the rug dealer might invite you to join him for a traditional Moroccan lunch.”

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“This the the pool at El Fenn—perfect after wandering around in the heat of North Africa.”

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“Wool striped blankets cover daybeds lining the walls of El Fenn’s rooftop deck.”

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“The second riad was Riad 72, which was much smaller with only four rooms. We booked the Karma Suite with a hand-carved wooden dome in the center of the room. This is the courtyard.

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“Mustapha, the head chef at Riad 72, made the most amazing traditional Moroccan food. By far the best meal of my trip was at this riad.”

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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

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“This is a view from the Sam Merrill Trail up to Echo Mountain in Altadena.”

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“This was taken in Angeles National Forest. I started at the fire station and hiked up to the bee farm—a hike that doesn’t seem to be very popular, which is a nice change from some of the other overpopulated ones. Stumbling upon this bee farm was unique because it’s an active farm at the top of this mountain.”

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“This is at a stop along the Mount Wilson Trail above Sierra Madre. It’s my favorite hike. There are shady segments, which offer relief from the sun and heat. There’s always something different blooming along the trail. I’ve seen beautiful hawks that live in the canyons. There are signs at the bottom warning of ‘extremely aggressive mountain lions.’ The thought of hiking in the same habitat as these huge cats is both nerve-wracking and incredible.”

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“The Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park hike is lovely because at the top are ruins from a 1890s resort called the White City. Some of the buildings’ foundations remain. There are also railroad tracks and wheels that once transported visitors up this steep 5.8-mile hike. It’s fascinating to see what remains.”

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“This was taken at Arcadia Wilderness Park. I’ve really come to appreciate the diversity of landscapes in Southern California.”

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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 been really lucky to have this community of people we’re working with,” she explains. This trifecta is especially near-and-dear. —alisha prakash


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Beatrice!

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Her colorful shoes, at Kathryn’s store.

Beatrice Valenzuela, leather-moccasin designer, and I met at the Echo Park Craft Fair, which she hosts—she was one of the first friends I met in L.A. We have spent countless hours listening to traditional Mexican love songs, reading French Vogue, braiding our hair, talking about lovers, eating homemade food, and brainstorming collaborations. We have both really been supportive of each other’s lines. I’ve carried her shoes at the shop from the beginning, and I even named a small collection after her daughter—the Astrid collection.”

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Agnes!

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Some of her sprays, on display alongside Kathryn’s bags. How good is that packaging?

Agnes Baddoo is a stylist, writer, and creator. We carry her Everyw’air aromatherapy sprays at the store. Agnes is the person you can always count on to show up, which is a big deal in L.A. I light up every time I see her because I love how real she is. She’s a good person to have on your team.” 

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Heather!

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Her wall hanging, which would give any space a chill, El Lay vibe.

“I met Heather Levine five years ago. She has been making ceramics since she was a teenager, so she’s a master at it. She also makes these wall hangings. We were going to make a whole chandelier and cast the spikes in brass, but instead, we ended up making a jewelry collection and named it Quills.”

Kathryn’s new ring is MAJ—see it now!

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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

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“This is a view from the Sam Merrill Trail up to Echo Mountain in Altadena.”

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“This was taken in Angeles National Forest. I started at the fire station and hiked up to the bee farm—a hike that doesn’t seem to be very popular, which is a nice change from some of the other overpopulated ones. Stumbling upon this bee farm was unique because it’s an active farm at the top of this mountain.”

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“This is at a stop along the Mount Wilson Trail above Sierra Madre. It’s my favorite hike. There are shady segments, which offer relief from the sun and heat. There’s always something different blooming along the trail. I’ve seen beautiful hawks that live in the canyons. There are signs at the bottom warning of ‘extremely aggressive mountain lions.’ The thought of hiking in the same habitat as these huge cats is both nerve-wracking and incredible.”

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“The Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park hike is lovely because at the top are ruins from a 1890s resort called the White City. Some of the buildings’ foundations remain. There are also railroad tracks and wheels that once transported visitors up this steep 5.8-mile hike. It’s fascinating to see what remains.”

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“This was taken at Arcadia Wilderness Park. I’ve really come to appreciate the diversity of landscapes in Southern California.”

Kathryn made a ring that is at the top of our list—you’re gonna want to check it out!

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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

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“This is a view from the Sam Merrill Trail up to Echo Mountain in Altadena.”

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“This was taken in Angeles National Forest. I started at the fire station and hiked up to the bee farm—a hike that doesn’t seem to be very popular, which is a nice change from some of the other overpopulated ones. Stumbling upon this bee farm was unique because it’s an active farm at the top of this mountain.”

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“This is at a stop along the Mount Wilson Trail above Sierra Madre. It’s my favorite hike. There are shady segments, which offer relief from the sun and heat. There’s always something different blooming along the trail. I’ve seen beautiful hawks that live in the canyons. There are signs at the bottom warning of ‘extremely aggressive mountain lions.’ The thought of hiking in the same habitat as these huge cats is both nerve-wracking and incredible.”

image

“The Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park hike is lovely because at the top are ruins from a 1890s resort called the White City. Some of the buildings’ foundations remain. There are also railroad tracks and wheels that once transported visitors up this steep 5.8-mile hike. It’s fascinating to see what remains.”

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“This was taken at Arcadia Wilderness Park. I’ve really come to appreciate the diversity of landscapes in Southern California.”

Kathryn’s new cuff is as Cali-cool as she is! Get yours while you can!

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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 been really lucky to have this community of people we’re working with,” she explains. This trifecta is especially near-and-dear. —alisha prakash


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Beatrice!

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Her colorful shoes, at Kathryn’s store.

Beatrice Valenzuela, leather-moccasin designer, and I met at the Echo Park Craft Fair, which she hosts—she was one of the first friends I met in L.A. We have spent countless hours listening to traditional Mexican love songs, reading French Vogue, braiding our hair, talking about lovers, eating homemade food, and brainstorming collaborations. We have both really been supportive of each other’s lines. I’ve carried her shoes at the shop from the beginning, and I even named a small collection after her daughter—the Astrid collection.”

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Agnes!

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Some of her sprays, on display alongside Kathryn’s bags. How good is that packaging?

Agnes Baddoo is a stylist, writer, and creator. We carry her Everyw’air aromatherapy sprays at the store. Agnes is the person you can always count on to show up, which is a big deal in L.A. I light up every time I see her because I love how real she is. She’s a good person to have on your team.” 

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Heather!

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Her wall hanging, which would give any space a chill, El Lay vibe.

“I met Heather Levine five years ago. She has been making ceramics since she was a teenager, so she’s a master at it. She also makes these wall hangings. We were going to make a whole chandelier and cast the spikes in brass, but instead, we ended up making a jewelry collection and named it Quills.”

Ready to see what Kathryn made us in LA? Score her cuff now!

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Kathryn Bentley Busies her Brushes

Her painting might be a hobby these days, but we’re still mad impressed.

Before she got into jewelry design, Kathryn Bentley was all about painting, a medium she studied in art school. And while it’s easy to let those things slip as soon as your career picks up, Kathryn keeps filling canvases as her namesake line and the diffusion one, Dream Collective, takes off. “It’s something I still enjoy doing, and I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself when I do it,” she says. Here, a look at some of her creations.

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“I’m really into sculpture. Henry Moore’s pieces are a big influence in my jewelry, and I really love his shapes. These paintings are not taken from any of his sculptures exactly, but abstractly, Henry Moore sculptures were the idea behind them.”

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“The colors, I think, are ones I would be attracted to in my daily life—colors I would want to wear, have in my home. There isn’t necessarily a vintage reference or anything like that. It’s just a palette that I hope to find in my surroundings.”

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Kathryn Bentley Busts a Move

Relocating to L.A. meant scoring a rad apartment and some seriously hip neighbors.

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“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 Collective (to live alongside her luxe one), and friends/creative partners who also call Silverlake home.

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“I moved out here and didn’t know anybody, which was awesome because I had done enough socializing in 10 years in New York to hold me over for a while. And I kept thinking I’d move back to New York for the first two years, but I’m so glad I stayed. I’ve met the best people.”

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“I found this place through Craigslist. The girl who was renting it—we have a lot of friends in common, and she ended up writing my bio on my website. It’s a weird, small world.”

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“It’s a Craftsman-style apartment, and the guy that owns it also owns this restaurant here called Little Dom’s. He totally refurbished the apartment back to its early 1900s form. He redid the tile and made sure that all the door knobs and fixtures were like the originals.”

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Clare Vivier [Ed: an amazing handbag designer who we featured on this very site] lives across the street from me. When I moved in, she just came by and introduced herself, and now she’s my partner at the store Vivier and Bentley where I also do pretty much all of the assembly work for Dream Collective.”

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“Roman Alonso of Commune [Ed: a really tremendous lifestyle brand] lives in the apartment directly above me. His company opened up a shop at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs called Community Shop, which was one of the first places to carry Dream Collective. So was Mohawk General Store, which is  just down the street from me. In the beginning, it was all in the neighborhood.”

Images courtesy of Juan Enriquez.

Kathryn’s second edition is as killer as her home. Get her super-fun evil eye cuff while you can!

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Kathryn Carves Out Our Bracelet

The cuff the jeweler made for us has a certain charm that comes from modeling the piece by hand.

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When Kathryn Bentley started making jewelry under her own name (and eventually launched her second line Dream Collective), she insisted on starting from scratch. While she might pull inspiration from, say, books like The Navajo Blanket (as she did when dreaming up our cuff), every single component she employs is a K.B. original. “The best thing I learned from working with designers like Philip Crangi is to make everything yourself, even though it costs a lot more money—just to really have your name on it,” she explains. “That’s why wax carving became really important to me. These days, a lot of people use CAD, which would be a lot more efficient, but I just insist upon doing things by hand.”

The wax form—which is then cast to create a silver model that’s used to make a rubber mold (yah, it’s complicated)—looks pretty awesome on its own, and even more so when it’s translated to the brass-and-enamel finished product. “It starts with a cylinder of wax that’s the diameter of the bracelet. The basic shape is cut with a little band saw, and then I use tools like hand files to create the pattern,” says Kathryn, who makes the process sound about a million times easier than it is.

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Kathryn Bentley Busts a Move

Relocating to L.A. meant scoring a rad apartment and some seriously hip neighbors.

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“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 three 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 Collective (to live alongside her luxe one), and friends/creative partners who also call Silverlake home.

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“I moved out here and didn’t know anybody, which was awesome because I had done enough socializing in 10 years in New York to hold me over for a while. And I kept thinking I’d move back to New York for the first two years, but I’m so glad I stayed. I’ve met the best people.”

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“I found this place through Craigslist. The girl who was renting it—we have a lot of friends in common, and she ended up writing my bio on my website. It’s a weird, small world.”

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“It’s a Craftsman-style apartment, and the guy that owns it also owns this restaurant here called Little Dom’s. He totally refurbished the apartment back to its early 1900s form. He redid the tile and made sure that all the door knobs and fixtures were like the originals.”

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Clare Vivier [Ed: an amazing handbag designer who we featured on this very site] lives across the street from me. When I moved in, she just came by and introduced herself, and now she’s my partner at the store Vivier and Bentley where I also do pretty much all of the assembly work for Dream Collective.”

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“Roman Alonso of Commune [Ed: a really tremendous lifestyle brand] lives in the apartment directly above me. His company opened up a shop at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs called Community Shop, which was one of the first places to carry Dream Collective. So was Mohawk General Store, which is  just down the street from me. In the beginning, it was all in the neighborhood.”

Images courtesy of Juan Enriquez.

Something tells us Kathryn Bentley has won you over by now. If that’s the case, get the awesome cuff she made just for us—just 20!

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