JIMMI WZ the ultimate “FRINGE BINGE”

126a576d3ecfb78ea24c166303472213Hippie-Chic. Boho-Chic. Gypsy-Chic.

Whatever you want to call it. Jimmy Wz bags are it! The definition of it!

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His website describes him thusly: “Jimmi wZ Hand Wrought Bags are custom designed, one of a kind creations utilizing the finest leathers available from around the world. Each individual piece is hand cut, hand punched, and hand stitched  as well as the particular care given to every string of lace and antler, bone or stone that is used for these original works of art. Choice buffalo, elk, and deer, as well as alligator, moose and steer hide are carefully chosen for their color, texture and softness with special attention to durability.”

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The dyed leather colors are brilliant and his silver and gold dyes are shimmery in either the sun at the beach or a night out dancing. I have one for almost every occasion.  With so many styles and sizes, there is definitely one for everyone,  and most have a cell phone pocket!! Hang them over your arm or across your chest, they embellish any outfit to that perfect boho-chic feel.

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My friend, since I have moved to the Emerald Coast, Jimmi is also a musician.  Guitar, piano and flute can be heard from the wZ compound in Panama City Beach.  He is a world traveler and free spirit.  He has been quoted in SoWal.com as saying,  “The secret is to let it happen.”

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“Jimmi wZ bags are approaching their third decade of evolution. Having begun on the banks of the Tennessee River along the ancient Indian trail of The Natchez Trace from the lessons of a magical medicine man passed down during long nights around the open campfire. Equipped with a small handful of primitive tools and a trunk full of leather, Jimmi wZ was able to create his works almost anywhere with much time spent in the deep wilderness. On these serene mountain tops or lone desert settings his work took on the feeling of the environment and reflected the intentions of the artist, which was to be close to nature and to respect the land and animals by utilizing all parts with reverence to the ancient ways. Finding his own style, Jimmi wZ caught the attention and has worked with top designers of Los Angeles, New York and Paris for more than 20 years. Working out of his studio in Paris with a small group of trusted craftsmen, Jimmi wZ continues to develop and reinvent the art of leather working.” (quote from his website)

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Jimmi wZ handbags can be found on his website jimmiwz.com, at select fine retailers, and proudly,  at my boutique in Seaside, FL : La Vie Est Belle, 25 Central Square.

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8806548743_a6a352b792_z My home and work studio in  Santa Rosa Beach, FL , has been undergoing a remodeling project, run by by husband, since January.  Anyone who has taken this on will know what I mean when I say, it is a challenge.

So, now, with only days away from moving back home, I am thinking about how beautiful and relaxing  it is going to be to display my pieces from my favorite artist, Justin Gaffrey.  I can not wait to look at the vibrant colors of his flowers and the thick paint, that looks like each petal in the poppie field is hand sculpted.


I am a collector of his work and now, so is my sister. “It’s like having a garden hanging on your wall”, Tamara says.

 Justin has been a friend of mine since we moved to the Emerald coast, and his work truly inspires me.

The Justin Gaffrey Gallery is an inspiring place to bring your family and friends on 30A. Justin is known for his vibrant florals and landscape palette knife paintings. He is a completely self-taught artist that is diligent for creating a variety of styles for all to enjoy. Enrich your week and visit the Justin Gaffrey Gallery at 21 Blue Gulf Drive, just off of Scenic Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM.


JustinGaffrey.com – Contemporary Art Site

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