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About Us

James Lee McFarland "Gentleman Jim"




Education: High School of Fashion Industries, New York,

Fashion Institue Technology New York

 

Training: New York School of Announcing and speech

 

Experience: 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 Macy Store at the age 20.

 

 Gentleman Jim, began his mentorship of Orie Walls of Orie's Custom Tailoring, an exclusive tailoring store. Orie's was located on 125 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 Basball 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.

James McFarland's work is on display at the Georgia Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and he has received numerous awards as Best Tailor in Atlanta, awarded by Atlanta Magazine.


 

He is the creator of "How to Sew Video", Basic Alteration and Advance Alterations.  His talents are unlimited as he adds modeling and voiceovers to this list of credits.  As a costume designer his talents have been showcased all over the Southeastern United States. 




As an Author, James Lee McFarland displays some of his life journey in New York City, in the book,
Across 125th Street when Magic was Real.
 







 Arlesia Hill - "Artistic Visionary"
  

In Newark, New Jersey was a little girl with an artistic vision with hopes and dreams for the “Arts”.  From childhood, as an honor roll student, DECA Student, Best Dress in High School, Debutante for the Mayor's Cotillon of East Orange, former model for Viva La Models in New Jersey, and traveling up and down the Fashion Avenues of New York, Arlesia imagined herself a Fashion Buyer/Designer destined for World Acclaim.

Generous Philanthropist, Art Advocate, former Fine Art Gallery Owner/Curator, and over 15 years as an Art & Accessory Buyer for a major retail furniture company. Arlesia has made her single cultural investment in Georgia by wanting the "Arts" to be heard like they have never been heard before by opening up Gio’Vairs Galleries of Art in Atlanta.

Gio’Vairs Galleries of Art offered Artists and the community a way of viewing all Fine “Arts” through visual, music, poetry, dance, fashion, theatre and performance.

 

 

Arlesia display of brilliance and an idea signaled the determination to the City of Buford to approach the new time with confidence, poise and cultural assertiveness for the city to establish their 1st Annual Art/Jazz Festival for the Buford community.  Reflection, this ambition may seem modest.  It was achieved, it appeared, with artistic ease and will continue annually.

Gio'Vairs Galleries of Art has inspired so many Artists and customers.  There were so many that have laughed, cried, and exhaled when they have come through those doors and have written Arlesia thank you letters, or explained how her spirit and energy filled their day.  Arlesia states, “I could never put a price on that” for being myself and loving people.

Through some great times, Arlesia believes and feels she was determined to "Make A Difference" and help support the local Artists and bring on a different cultural experiences through the "ARTS" in Georgia.  “Seeing” and “Hearing” their life, their stories, their passion, and their struggles. 

Here are a few unbelievable renowned and local Visual Artists, Jazz Musicians, Fashion Designers, Authors and Poets that were instrumental in impacting lives at Gio'Vairs Galleries of Art.

Louis Delsarte,  Charlotte Riley-Webb, Marcella Hayes-Muhammed, Raphael Sagage, Chouaieb Saidi, Jose Portilla, Leisha Starchia, Alex Shead, George Nock, James McFarland "Gentleman Jim", Designs by Simpson (Designer for Indie Arie) John White Jr., Donna Paul, Russell Blake, Ginou, North Woodall (2unes),Nahjai Soul and many many more.

"Raphael Sagage"

 

Arlesia had the opportunity to display Gio'Vairs Galleries of Art at the 1st Annual Trumpet Bazaar, for the Trumpet Awards and also the opportunity to work with Tyler Perry's, House of Payne staring cast.

Arlesia brings a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry from previous work experiences with reputable hotel chains as well as owning her on Tour Company.  Savannah has always been one of her prime destinations for her tourist over the years.

Along with becoming a great asset to Savannah, her love for the Arts, extensive background in tourism and business, Arlesia is very passionate about working with the youth, world issues, the community, green and healthy initiatives, and overflowing the Savannah midtown with great ideas, tourist and entertainment.

Within less than a year here, Arlesia has already created two successful "eventful experiences" here in Savannah, Inspirational EP Release by Kimberly Gunn at Starfish Cafe' &
"The Art of Connecting Green"

This event was held at Wingate by Wyndham in Port Wentworth. There was a tour overview of the oversized guest rooms, meeting and event facilities designed for group meetings or special events. There was also live entertainment, wine, light hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and prizes. The Wingate Hotel in Port Wentworth held an unusually interesting evening as host Arlesia Hill - Director of Sales and Marketing mixing local Shannon Vineyards with live jazz musician Travis Biggs and So Green Network for a totally TERRIFIC night of snacks, wine and socializing! By Bunny Ware....

Mother of two beautiful children, Giovanni and Jo’Vair, who names were combined to name the gallery, residence of Georgia for over 20 years, Board of Directors, Gwinnett Hudgens Art Center,
Coastal Jazz Association, Honorary Judge for GA PTA Reflections Student Art Program.
Member of US Green Building Council - Savannah Chapter, Live Green, Green America Pages, Green Festival, NAACP, Savannah Small Business Chamber, and Georgia Motor Coach Association.  Former Therapeutic Foster Parent for teenagers, Educational Consultant for Go Green Books 4Kids

 Arlesia has demonstrated love for the “Arts”, humanity, determination, and perseverance.

It will be an honor to recognize and celebrate her for holding aloft the excellence of love and determination for inspiring persons in all cultures to aspire with purposeful enthusiasm for the “Arts”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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