THE WIMMER HERITAGE


THE BEST AND BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD CANNOT BE SEEN OR EVEN TOUCHED - THEY MUST BE FELT WITH THE HEART.
--HELEN KELLER



FROM AN EARLY AGE, BAHAMIAN BORN AND AUSTRIAN RAISED GABRIELLA WIMMER WASN'T LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS. SHE WANTED A BARBIE WITH DISTINCT STYLE AND FLAIR. SO, SHE DESIGNED HER DOLLS' CLOTHES HERSELF. GLOBETROTTING FROM THE EARLY AGE OF THREE, WIMMER'S VAST EXPERIENCES TRAVELING TO EUROPE EVERY YEAR, DROVE HER TO SHAPE A VERY UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW IN HOW SHE SAW THE WORLD, CULTURE AND STYLE. SHE WAS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY BAROQUE, ROCOCO, RENAISSANCE AND GOTHIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE. SHE WOULD SPEND HOURS STARING AT STRUCTURES AND MASTERPIECES, LITTLE BY LITTLE ABSORBING IT ALL - APPRECIATING THE INTRICACIES AND THE HAND CRAFTSMANSHIP ATTRIBUTED TO EACH WISTFUL STROKE OF THE PAINTBRUSH OR A WOODWORKER'S KNIFE TO CREATE GREAT WOODEN DECORATIVE PIECES. THIS SOLIDIFIED HER DESIRE TO CREATE LUXURIOUS ARTISANAL BAGS - THE ATTENTION AND FOCUS TO DETAIL GIVEN TO EACH PIECE TO CREATE THE WHOLE.

NOW, ONE OF THE WORLD'S ONLY HAUTE COUTURE HANDBAG DESIGNERS, SHE TRAVELS FREQUENTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK, MIAMI AND TUSCANY, THE HEART AND SOURCE OF INSPIRATION OF ITALIAN GOLDSMITHS AND LEATHER CRAFTSMEN. HER EXTRAORDINARY HANDBAGS AND THE WOMEN WHO WEAR THEM ARE FEMININE, SEDUCTIVE AND UNCOMPROMISING.

WIMMER CALLS HER WORK, "AN INNATE CALLING. I CAN'T SAY WHY I AM DOING WHAT I AM DOING, EXCEPT THAT IF I WERE NOT, I WOULD FEEL INCOMPLETE AS AN ARTIST." SINCE AN INSPIRING TRIP TO SEVILLA FIVE YEARS AGO, GABRIELLA WORKED TOWARDS CREATING THE MOST EXCLUSIVE AND UNIQUE HANDBAG COLLECTION IN THE MOST SUMPTUOUS EXOTIC LEATHERS AND BRILLIANT DIAMONDS. THE ICON THAT INSPIRES HER MOST IS NOT A PERSON, BUT RATHER A DIAMOND, THE IMPRESSIVELY LARGE, 530 CARAT, GREAT STAR OF AFRICA.

GABRIELLA CHOSE THE MEDIUM OF EXOTIC LEATHERS BECAUSE THERE IS AN EARTHLY QUALITY THAT INSPIRES HER. EACH PIECE TELLS A STORY, UNIQUE LIKE A FINGERPRINT. WHEN SHE IS PRESENTED WITH A PIECE OF LEATHER, IT INSPIRES HER TO CREATE. THE SMELL, THE FEEL, THE COLOR, THE NATURAL BEAUTY, THE INTRINSIC QUALITIES DICTATE TO HER THE BAG THAT WILL BE REALIZED. ONCE SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH AN INCREDIBLY OVERSIZED, PERFECT ALLIGATOR SKIN. IT WAS SO LUSCIOUS AND SOFT, THE SCALES SO LARGE AND MASCULINE, THAT SHE JUST WANTED TO ROLL HERSELF UP IN IT LIKE A CHILD WITH HER SAFETY BLANKET.

WIMMER DRAWS HER INSPIRATION FROM UNEXPECTED AND FAMILIAR PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS. SHE CITES HER FAVORITE MOVIE AS "MATRIX", AS IT REMINDS HER HOW WE CAN LOOK AT THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY, BY IMAGINING DIFFERENTLY AND TAKING RISKS. SHE IS OBSESSED BY COCO CHANEL'S ABILITY TO CREATE THINGS OF BEAUTY THAT WILL BE DESIRABLE BY GENERATIONS AND GENERATIONS. LAST, SHE LOVES THE THRILL OF COMPETITIVE CAR RACING, HAVING SUCCESSFULLY TESTED HER DRIVING PROWESS IN BAHRAIN. "THERE IS SOMETHING VERY FREEING ABOUT RACING AGAINST TIME ON A TRACK AND FOCUSING ON THAT SINGLE PURSUIT," SHE SAYS.




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