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Jess Davis of Jay Davis Bags

Jess Davis of Jay Davis Bags

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Interview and Photography by Emma Marlow @emmamaarlow

www.bravadobrunette.wordpress.com

Jay Davis Bags @jaydavisbags

www.jaydavisbags.com

When I entered Jessica’s studio the aroma of fine leather instantly hit me. The first piece that captivated me was her wall full of various magazine clippings, Polaroids and trinkets whose purpose was to inspire. Across the room there was a sculpture that she collaborated on that instantly made me think to myself, “This woman is very eclectic, has so many forms of inspiration and is so invested in creativity.” This creativity comes into play with her new pieces launching as she enters this new movement. Brass handles in multiple sizes and organic shapes sharp lines she takes us back to her roots. Most of her work is custom pieces and she makes sure the energy she puts into the craft is always fresh and always positive.

FF: You mentioned that when you make your pieces, you put a certain type of energy into each, what does this energy to to the bags and why is it important for your clients?

“Every handbag I create, I go in with a positive intention. I think it's extremely important when I'm working to have a positive vibe. These pieces are being carried by my clients and sometimes they're carrying these bags every day. They are essentially carrying my energy with them. I want to make sure it's positive and thoughtful. That's what I want to put out there for the world.”

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FF: You love to network as Jessica Davis, how does that play with “Jay Davis”?

“Jay Davis has its own spirit that is completely different than my own. What I do as a designer in the community greatly impacts JDB. My designs are certainly a part of who I am, but it's not entirely me. Creating is what makes me feel complete. Networking is what connects me to people that may want to collaborate with Jay Davis or me as a designer/artist outside of the handbags specifically.”

FF: What does it mean to be a transparent business owner? How does this reflect on your upcoming pieces?

“I think it's important to be transparent and honest as much as possible. Of course it's necessary to put on a good face for the public, but I also want to truly connect with my followers and clients. I want to lead with positive energy, but also have those moments where I'm honest with people about where I'm at. I'm human just like every other artist out there. We all have good days and we all have bad days. Shining a light on some of that I think is very powerful and relatable. My history, what I've learned, how I've come out of things - is definitely an intention of mine to share and inspire in the near future.”

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FF: I know you inspire many people with your pieces and your energy, how do you stay inspired yourself?

“There are all sorts of ways I stay inspired. I'm obviously a very visual person. Whether that's finding images online and saving them or every once in awhile buying magazines to have a physical copy - I'm constantly keeping my senses intrigued. If I have to walk away because I'm blocked, I will honor that and take time to pause to feel inspired again. I love to travel and it fuels my creative juices as well. Most importantly, I surround myself with inspiring people. I'm super grateful for the people that are in my life. They're all bad asses doing their thing. It's motivating and keeps me learning. Also, to approach every day as with a beginner's mind, sets me up for finding inspiration.”

FF: Are these new lines and shapes of your purses playing homage to anything specific?

“They're certainly going back to my roots. I began with some of these shapes. I love acknowledging my past and what I had created. I'm also just dabbling into the things I've been wanting to do for a very long time. I wait until I'm ready to do certain things. When I feel it in my body, then it's time and I go for it.”

FF: What has been your favorite piece and why?

“Oh man. Who knows? I like a lot of pieces. That might be one of the reasons I name all of my bags after women. Every woman is rare and unique. I feel the same way about my handbags. I can tell you that I've definitely had my moments where I'm super excited about a design or colors I've used. I've been carrying my traveler everyday and throwing a clutch or crossbody in it. It's my favorite size right now because I carry so much throughout the day. But again, they're all beauties.”

Interview and Photography by Emma Marlow @emmamaarlow

www.bravadobrunette.wordpress.com

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