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Robert Lee Morris: a visit down memory lane

Robert L mOrris, Gold Cuff, #15

My stroll in Soho last sunday was quite eventful. I not only made some fun discoveries but also revisited one of my favorite jewelry designers, Robert Lee Morris. This incredibly talented designer holds a very special place in my heart. My appreciation for his work began when I worked in the accessories department at VOGUE in the 80s and I would have to run to his store in the Upper East side to gather the beautiful pieces that would often grace the pages and covers. His first  cover was in 1976. VOGUE featured his work over a period of seven years in 49 consecutive issues.

RObert Lee mOrris Vogue 1976

American VOGUE, 1976

Vouge Robert Lee Morris

British VOGUE, 1986

Robert Lee Morris is a jewelry designer and sculptor who attributes much of his inspiration to forms he admires in nature. His designs have been made in gold, silver and bronze and he is known for his 24 carat matte gold plating and rich deep red copper and green patina. He has collaborated or designed collections for fashion designers Kansai Yamamoto, Calvin Klein, Anne Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors and Donna Karan.

In 2007, Robert Lee Morris was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

Morris was born in Nuremberg where his parents were stationed at the end of World War II. He was discovered in 1971 by New York gallery owner Joan Sonnabend and first exhibited at her art jewelry outpost in the Plaza Hotel called Sculpture to Wear. He opened the first edition of Artwear Gallery at 28 East 74th Street, relocating to SoHo in 1978. Artwear closed in 1995 and the designer then opened the Robert Lee Morris Gallery on West Broadway.  Its current location at 400 West Broadway, just up the street from the original location, is well worth the visit.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, without further ado, here is a small sampling of some of his gorgeous work.

RObert Lee  morris

Cuff with beads    Robert L Morris Patina Petals Necklace, #3 Copper necklace in green patina   Robert lee Morris ball necklace Gold ball necklace   Robert L Morris, silver and bead necklac, #11 Multi bead necklace   Robert l Morris, gold crescent moon necklace, #14 Crescent moon necklace   Robert Lee Morris Bracelet   Link gold bracelet    Robert L Morris, silber bracelt, #8 Silver link bracelet   Robert L Morris, gold earrings #7 Gold crescent hoops   Robert L Morris floral pendant, #15   Gold and diamond pendant     Robert L Morris, petal ring #1Petal ring   Robert L Morris cuff bracelt #5   Gold jeweled cuff 

This is just a small sampling of work of this talented designer.  If you are in search of the perfect hoop with a slight edge, a lovely ring, or a statement necklace, this is the place for you.  The jewelry is beautifully displayed in a lovely setting and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming.

Here is a link to his site where you can check out his work ROBERT LEE MORRIS

400 West Broadway
New York City

1 comment
  1. Frith says: October 10, 2014 11:28 AM

    Truly gorgeous!

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