Actress, Entrepreneur, & Founder, BaYou with Love
Actress, writer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Nikki Reed first hit screens with her breakout, award-winning role in the film adaptation of her screenplay, “Thirteen.” In addition to her thriving acting career, she is also recognized as an entrepreneur. Reed created the socially conscious lifestyle company, BaYou With Love, in 2017. The company was born out of the lack of sustainable and natural options and supports local craftsmen, artisans and ethical factories. In 2018 BaYou with Love collaborated with Dell to create The Circular Collection, a 14-18k gold jewelry collection from extracted gold pulled from old computer motherboards. The collection went on to be named a finalist as part of Fast Company’s 2018 Innovation by Design Awards. In 2018, Reed released a collection of engagement rings, all made from 18 karat gold recycled from tech and cultivated diamonds grown in California and ethically mined sapphires. This past Spring Reed expanded BaYou With Love into clothing, creating an activewear set and loungewear line. Everything is designed with the idea of versatility in mind, as Reed believes that versatility is key to sustainability. Reed is also a distinguished animal rights activist, primarily focusing on dogs, rescues, and shelters. She has spent many years volunteering and supporting animal rescue programs, in addition to wildlife and environmental groups and mentoring programs focused on the education of disadvantaged youth.