Designed by Zwart in her Santa Monica atelier, Azlee (which combines her first, middle and last names) is the convergence of her personal and professional journey. Raised between Colorado and California, Zwart grew up surrounded by both nature and design. An early interest in photography propelled her into a career in fashion, before moving to Guatemala to work for a fair-trade non-profit organization. Here she stumbled upon metal working and fell in love with the art of jewelry making. Immersing herself completely, she developed a deep appreciation for the process of crafting something from nothing, shaping raw materials into wearable objects.