Designer Sara Beltrán was born in El Paso, Texas in 1976 and raised in Mexico. She left Mexico in 1997 to attend school in New York, earning both a Bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications and an Associate degree in fashion merchandising management from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2004. In 2002, while still a student, she interned for Italian Vogue. Between 2002 and 2006, Beltrán worked as a fashion stylist assistant and began making jewelry as a hobby. In 2006, while she was working as an assistant on an Italian Vogue shoot, famed photographer Bruce Weber saw Beltrán’s jewelry and invited her to create a few pieces for his fashion collection, Weberbilt. Beltrán established her own design studio in Jaipur, India in 2009. She moved back to New York in 2012.
Beltrán designs accessories, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and more under the brand name Dezso. Her work is inspired by her passion for Mexico and India, and her love and fear of the ocean. She travels frequently for inspiration, and collects stones, shells, shark teeth, and more from beaches around the world, using these pieces as formal inspiration and even raw materials for her one-off jewelry designs. Her jewelry often incorporates diamonds as well.
In 2012, Beltrán was awarded both the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the Icon of Style Award for Emerging Jewelry Design by Vanidades.