azlee jewelry founder baylee zwart

AZLEE

is a combination of designer Baylee Ann Zwart’s middle, last and first names.

Zwart was raised in Aspen, Colorado and Corona del Mar, California. After working at Glamour and Allure Magazines in New York, she moved to Guatemala to work for a fair-trade non-profit with local artisans. It was there on the shores of Lake Atitlan that she began to study the art of jewelry metal working and made many of the original pieces that are still present in the collection today. She was immediately enamored with the notion of being able to sculpt pieces from the ground up that can be worn everyday, and passed down from generation to generation. Upon moving back to the states to further pursue her interest in sustainable fashion, Zwart worked in Design and Product Sustainability at TOMS Shoes. She developed AZLEE’s first collection while still at TOMS, eventually parting ways to establish her brand in Spring 2015.

Based in Los Angeles, all of our pieces are crafted locally. Our enamel is hand painted by a local artist whose technique was passed down from his father, and who has been doing it for over 50 years. Crafted from 18k gold,the brand is known for its modern and minimalist jewelry, with a fresh and relevant perspective. The newest collection pulls inspiration from the Art Deco era, and our coins are designed from scratch using significant symbols from Ancient Egyptian, Greecian and Sicilian civilizations.

AZLEE has been worn by Emma Watson, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Zoë Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson and has been featured in Vogue, Vogue Paris, W, Elle, Bazaar and international publications around the world.

As an avid surfer & scuba diver, the ocean holds a very special place in Zwart’s heart. Each year the designer supports a different ocean-related cause via a portion of proceeds from the sale of her collection. AZLEE's current partner, Surfrider Foundation, is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans through a powerful activist network. Zwart and her husband are active members in the Los Angeles chapter, hosting beach cleanups and speaking at events.

To learn more visit: Surfrider Foundation