Jewelry Designer Kathleen Whitaker’s Tucson Travel Guide
Whitaker sources semi-precious stones from across the globe for her dazzling namesake line. Now, she gifts DEPARTURES with a few destination tips for one city she never overlooks: Tucson, Arizona.
While Los Angeles-based jewelry designer (and porcelain ceramicist) Kathleen Whitaker designs and crafts her one-of-a-kind pieces locally, she sources her semi-precious stones globally. Among the many destinations visited every year, Whitaker relies on Tucson, Arizona for her most unique vintage and organic materials. Here, she collects Venetian glass, pyrite, pietersite, rhyolite, chrysoprase, and much more, incorporating these into designs later worn by Michelle Obama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jessica Alba, and Rosetta Getty (among others). From the southwestern city’s best latte to the world’s largest airplane graveyard, Whitaker tells DEPARTURES her insider tips to all of Tucson’s hidden gems.