African jewelry with a Western twist – Zia Sachedina's jewelry mixes striking African color combinations with Western design.
Zia Boutique – Sachedina pictured in his flagship store Zia Boutique, in Savannah, Georgia, which he opened in 2005.
Celebrating heritage through creativity – The Kenyan-born jeweler, whose father is East African Asian and mother Japanese American, says that his work is inspired by his heritage, but is meant to be worn by people of all nationalities.
Celebrating heritage through creativity – For the past decade he has been based in America's southern state of Georgia, but his designs are also available in Canada, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
Transcending borders – Sachedina moved to his mother's native Kansas when he was a child, but struggled to define his identity. When he was a teenager he enrolled in the International School of Kenya, in Nairobi, where he was surrounded by students from 70 nationalities, an experience he says helped him become a global citizen.
Trend-setting design – His designs have been featured in Vogue and Glamour magazines, as well as hit TV series "Gossip Girl."
Keeping in touch with African roots – Sachedina mentions American actress Nia Long as a poster girl for his jewelry: "It's that kind of sophisticated, confident woman, in touch with her culture and African origin that I'm trying to exert," he says.
Ambitious expansion – The exterior of the Zia Boutique. The designer, 32, is currently scouting locations for more branches, and aims to operate five stores before the age of 35.