Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
- Robert Lee Morris at LACMA. Images courtesy of the designer.
- "Day One: Catching up on emails over breakfast."
- "Setting up jewelry for appointments."
- "Admiring my archives while waiting for an editor."
- "Dinner at Laurel Hardware on Santa Monica."
- "Day Two: Cappuccino at The Larder."
- "Polishing my archives at Sunset Tower Hotel."
- "Lunch at Petit Ermitage."
- "Getting ready to meet with a stylist."
- "Taking a break poolside at Petit Ermitage."
- "West Hollywood from above."
- "I wish we had palm tees in NYC!"
Robert Lee Morris has been slaying the avant-garde jewelry game for more than 30 years. In addition to winning two CFDA awards for accessories design in 1985 and 1994, in 2007 the knuckle ring inventor earned the coveted CFDA Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. He's collaborated with everyone from Calvin Klein to the Olsen Twins, and has made fans out of Madonna, Michelle Obama and Kate Moss, to name a few.
New York-based Morris recently paid a visit to Los Angeles, a trip that will inspire his next collection. "LA was a shock to my system in all ways, and this is always a great way to shake up my creative process and open doors to new designs," he tells Racked. "Specifically, the general tone of calm and greenery everywhere lends me a quality of tranquility with which to work. I was inspired by the palm trees, and the general flora and the large number of houses in the middle of the city, and well, it has guided me to make jewelry that I could wear to the beach. Maybe waterproof jewelry."
Take a peek at his West Coast adventure below.
· Robert Lee Morris [Official Site]
· Robert Lee Morris x Olsen Twins' Elizabeth and James Label [Racked]