Gentleman Jim, a master tailor, pattern maker, designer, sewing instructor and clothing manufacturer, has been active in the garment industry since 1961. He began working in the garment industry in 1961 at all the finer men’s stores. Weber and Heilbrunery, John Davidson, Barney’s Men’s Store and The Macy. At age 20, Gentleman Jim began under the mentorship of Orie Wells of Orie’s Custom Tailoring, an exclusive tailoring store. Orie’s was located on 125th Street in New York City next to The Apollo Theatre. In the 60’s, Orie’s made custom clothes for all the great stars: James Brown, The Isley Brothers, B. B. King, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, James Cleveland and many more. The client list also included Baseball great Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Civil Right’s A. Philip Randolph and Byard Ruskin and several members of New York Jet’s football team. After relocating to Georgia, Gentleman Jim opened his own business which was a high-end exclusive men’s and women’s clothing establishment in the Buckhead community in the Atlanta metropolitan area: Gentleman Jim has served as a sewing and tailoring instructor for the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.
Education: High school of Fashion Industry, New York; Fashion Institute Technology, New York. Training: New York school of Announcing and speech Janet Dubois School of Drama, Atlanta, GA. Producer: Gentleman Jim’s “How To Sew Video, Basic Alteration” Two disc set, and “Advance alterations”. Costume Designer: “Blue”: written by Charles Randolph-Wright Performed in Atlanta Georgia at the Horizon Theatre. “Blue For An Alabama Sky”: written by Peal Cleage. Performed at Spellman College, Atlanta Georgia. “Brick Top”: written by Calvin Ramsey. Produced by VIA International Artists, to be performed nationwide. “Two Queens, One Castle”: written by Tom Jones. Produced by VIA International Artists. Performed in Alexandria Virginia “Three Sistahs”: written by Janet Pryce. Produced by Thomas Jones II. Performed at The Horizon Theatre, Atlanta Georgia
Awards and Honors: Received Prestigious Award: Best Tailor in Atlanta, awarded by Atlanta Magazine Georgia Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame: An original Gentleman Jim design costume on display. Modeling: Print advertisement, Publix supermarket. Additional Experience:
“Across 125th Street when the Magic Was Real”
"James Timothy Lee Private Investigator"
“Will Weep For Me”
Monica Hargrave, CD – “Divine Time and Divine Season” –Voice Over
"I know who my God is"
"I have never failed at anything in my life. I may not have succeeded but I did not fail."