Gracie Lee Gracie James, Artful Living Address 7938 Herschel Ave, #E La Jolla, CA 92037 Phone 858.291.8041 Email email@example.com Web graciejames.com “Art is often thought of as an ‘ultimate luxury,’ but is instead a window into the pulse of all cultures throughout all time.” Fashion designer Gracie Lee started her career in the early 1990s fresh out of college. Today, this multitalented manufacturer, designer and purveyor of functional art brings a vast selection of functional art, jewelry, furnishings and clothing to the public via her new La Jolla Village store, Gracie James. Lee’s infectiously vibrant, warm and compassionate heart is contagious as she explains the stories behind each thoughtfully curated piece to her customers. Her inspiration and point of view derives from her passion for cultural anthropology, placing an emphasis on the aesthetics, history and people behind each work of art — whether it be a chieftain tribal belt from Nigeria; hand-woven bags from a women’s cooperative in Kenya; local wood master artisans who design tables from re-purposed Torrey Pines wood; or vintage necklaces that support downtown L.A.’s homeless population. “True art is validated by the purity of the voice in its expression — the voice of the peoples’ past, present and future,” she says. “Art is often thought of as an ‘ultimate luxury,’ but is instead a window into the pulse of all cultures throughout all time. It is a story of where we came from, where we are now and where we are destined to go.” In the end, Lee aims to share her knowledge and passion with everyone she meets. “If we can — with humility — thoughtfully, honestly and respectfully accept and share with open hearts, we may not even need words,” says Lee, who also is a stanch supporter of various women’s cancer groups and other organizations that mitigate the effects of social injustice.