About Liz

Liz Dey, Founder

Liz was born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland where she currently lives with her husband and 4 children.  Liz launched her first company at 16 years old, designing bags and belts sold in Washington DC, Maryland, and Charleston. She attended the University of Virginia and went on to get her master’s degree at Vanderbilt University. Liz is a pediatric nurse practitioner of 18 years, specializing in pediatric trauma and burns.

The concept for Cesoli came to Liz when she was getting dressed one day and naturally reached for an old belt her grandmother had gifted her as a teenager. Liz had on jeans and a white tshirt and the elephant belt buckle was just what she needed to add a little interest to her otherwise boring outfit. As Liz looped the tattered belt strap through the buckle, she realized she had been wearing the same elephant buckle for 20 years.  It was something that not only looked good, but also made her feel good as it reminded her of her (ultra chic) grandmother.

Liz started hunting for similar buckles and could not find anything!  She decided to start the process of designing her own collection.  Her entrepreneurial spirit was sparked, and there was no turning back.