We had the good fortune of connecting with Robyn Rhodes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robyn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have always lived by the saying. “Successful people take risks.” I think that I would not be here 18 years later doing my business if I did take risks almost everyday. From picking out stones, to manufacturing and putting out collection after collection, I take risks– not knowing if anyone will like what I am putting out there in the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to say I always knew I was an artist, but did not know what my medium was. I started making jewelry when I was 12 then went to college for Film & TV. I thought that I was going to be a filmmaker, but the Universe had another direction for me. In the end, I gave up everything to start my jewelry business. I walked away from over 6 years in an industry that I went to school to get into, broke up with my boyfriend at the time– only had my car and my clothes and was staying with family. I felt a passion that I had never felt before when I was making jewelry, so I had to take that chance to see what would happen if I gave it my all… and here I am 18 years later. I create with passion and believe that the stones choose me when I am designing a collection. I want my jewelry to be worn on the surface, but heal you down deep where it needs to. I love to make people feel like they are wearing secret amulets of protection and look great while doing it!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A perfect Sunday day…. Pre Covid Start by getting coffee from Red Window coffee in Studio City and walking to the farmers Market and get some great food and flowers. Then hike up Fryman Canyon and take in all the beautiful sights of the city. After getting washed up, it is great to get some sushi from Katsuya, also in Studio City and finish the night at Fire Fly next door with some amazing cocktails and yummy desserts!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to all the loyal supporters of my brand for the last 18 years, without each and everyone of them, I would not be here today. My customers are my muses and give me the drive to continue to put out beautiful, unique pieces, year after year.
ALEX BAILEY PHOTOS: ALEX STUART, PHOTOGRAPHER