Meet Gentleman Jim
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. In 2011 he relocated to Savannah Georgia and opened the Savannah Sewing Academy September 9, 2011.