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Layla Pakzad has lived by the beach for as long as she can remember. Born in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico, she was exposed to sandy toes at a very young age. When she wasn't at the beach, she was either dancing around or creating. Layla had a passion for bringing her ideas to fruition. She would use anything she could get her hands on and just let her imagination run. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Layla moved to New York City. It was there that she continued her education at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in fashion design. While in New York, Layla worked in such fields as, styling and costume design. Delving further into the fashion world, she obtained a job at a showroom that represented high-end European designers. With this career she was able to work all of the trade shows that New York is so famous for. Layla moved back to California and continued her career in fashion. She began managing at Planet Blue in Malibu and the knowledge she gained from working in a boutique first hand proved to be invaluable. Last but not least, Layla took a trip to Asia, traveling through China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. All along the way she would stop in little towns and have things made out of local fabrics from local tailors. It was in Nha Trang, Vietnam that Layla created her first bikini. This experience was so exhilarating to her that when she returned home it was all she could think about. This is how Salt came to be...!