Elizabeth, born in Ethiopia, discovered her sense of style from her very sophisticated and fashionable mother, Zina. A ballerina and actress in Russia, Zina brought elegance and European worldliness to the African town where they lived, dressing in the finest Italian couture of the time. Zina was naturally the inspiration for her daughter's designs.
A graduate of Philadelphia's ivy league school, the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth earned a bachelor's in International Relations and History of Art; providing her with the skills and artistic appreciation that have helped make her into one of the industry’s hottest independent designers.
Elizabeth's inherited flare for style, fashion and theater lead her to follow in her mother's footsteps to a career as a model and actress. Capturing titles on her way towards the Miss USA pageant, she designed all of her competition evening gowns and wardrobe. Handbags and jewelry remained personal favorites.
Her first bag was a hit with everyone who saw it and very quickly, her friends' friends wanted one for themselves. With the drive and enthusiasm inspired by her mother, Elizabeth named her first handbag line Zina. It didn't stop there. Boutiques and celebrity stylists were demanding to see her pieces.
Her unique and timeless designs form the foundation of each handbag, skillfully crafted with the highest quality European leathers and materials.
Jewelry styles of classic Hollywood mavens serve as the inspiration of her line of jewelry. Elizabeth Bayu jewelry is handcrafted using 14 karat gold fill and silver metals and highlights gorgeous gemstones. Precious and semi-precious jewels that have special meanings like good health, good luck and serenity are incorporated into one-of-a-kind and exclusive pieces.
The sky's the limit for this young designer whose designs have been worn by celebrities and can be found in specialty boutiques and retailers across the country.
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