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 School of Nursing and went on to get her master’s degree at Vanderbilt University. Liz has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner for 17 years specializing in pediatric trauma and burns. In 2015 and 2016, she designed sun-protective clothing benefiting her burn patients.
In 2020, Liz launched her second small business, Deysigns, specializing in creative pandemic-related essentials. The success of Deysigns encouraged her to continue to pursue her passion for design.
The concept for Cesoli came to Liz one morning while she was getting dressed. She had on jeans and a white button-down and naturally reached for an elephant belt buckle gifted to her as a teenager from her grandmother, Gabby. Gabby was the queen of accessories and knew how to elevate an outfit with a chic belt. As Liz looped the tattered belt strap through the buckle, she realized she had been wearing her elephant buckle for 20 years.
Liz started hunting for similar buckles and could not find anything so, she decided to start the process of designing her own collection. The buckles would be beautiful and strong like the women who wear them. Her entrepreneurial spirit was sparked, and there was no turning back.
Larson Cobb, Art Director
Larson was born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her love for art flourished at The Connelly School of the Holy Child, where she graduated in 2007. Larson attended John & Whales University, where she majored in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing. Larson studied Fashion Drapery & Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she gained hands-on experience in the field. She worked for a renowned floral design and event planning company in Newport, Rhode Island, before moving back to Chevy Chase to pursue a new career path in childhood education. Larson started out teaching middle school children with Autism and then taught preschool for 3 years. Larson launched her own small business in 2017, Virginia Larson Classics, specializing in portraiture and silhouettes. She currently lives in Chevy Chase with her husband and daughter, Sophia Leigh. Larson loves a creative challenge and strives to bring beauty into the lives of others through her art.