Art WalkDowntown Lafayette
I walk into Genterie Supply Co
They're setting up for their guest artist/craftsman
Onezieme is there, as are his bags
I've seen his bags previously, at Genterie's & at Kiki's - RiverRanch
So his gentlemen bags at the first location & his ladies at the second
On the table by the door is a display of many of his bags
I spy a red/burgandy clutch that I immediately have to pick up & touch
I'm hugging it, as I say I love it & I've wanted one & later I will say I'm going to win it
(as one does when one is daydreaming that they'll win something/anything)
Ross, one of the Genterie shop owners is there in his lovely Paul Bunyan beard & I have to comment on it's shape - later I will ask about his sister living just outside of Paris, why he's not gone to visit her & then find out she's moving back stateside in January (now where to put good use of her French & her art - have bought at least 2 of her smaller black & white photographs when she's had them on display at the shop last holidays I think it was)
John, the other Genterie shop owner - without a beard - is also there & we chat about Social Media or odd things in the shop that suddenly get followed like Whiskey Stones, eccetera...
Onezieme is moving around constantly with straps of leather hanging on his arm/shoulder as he's getting ready to do a quick impromtu demo of how he puts these bags of his together - with just 6 straps & some bolts on the side
Other's are setting up computers, keypads, laptops--something to record it all I'm guessing
He thinks he's met me before, which I always wonder about...yes, I have lived here 3 other times in life & yes, I did also attend UL when it was USL...then I hear he's moved to Houston to the Montrose area, which I've lived there 3 times in life as well (I like the number 3 & so do it often in all forms)
Montrose is a very arts/warehouse district area of Houston & I like it a lot (my oldest son is just moving back to Houston but nearer downtown, closer to U of H - later I will tell him to watch out for Onezieme...) I've been told someone thinks they've met me before, so I will at times say I must have a twin--as someone in the past has sworn to me that I must have a twin in town...
Besides making leather bags Onezieme majored in Architecture & will be putting that to use in Houston, in the 'green' designs - that I've seen are becoming more of the Houston landscape & I like it a lot, especially it seems downtown (I can't wait to see his work there & where he'll sell his bags on the side--or if they will one day be his work & architecture will become the aside maybe)
Of course I have to ask about the name--I mean really, who has that name? nobody I've ever known or read about...so there's an ancient origin & then a French play on a name & then to it's final form I'm told (but as someone with Scotch/Irish orgin I know their names were also rearranged as immigrants)
I know I've probably picked up the red clutch bag at least 5 times by then, hugging it, holding it, smelling it... saying things like: so No Cow was harmed in the making of this bag right--I mean my sister (the animal rescuer) would have a c-ow...nevermind, I'm sounding rather girlish...
or another thing said like: Oh I can't get it but I would if I'd not already gotten my Christmas gift--some ink--while in Vegas recently (or so the hubby told me--that will be your Christmas present you know kind of thing...) Where? on my back, I don't show it off (not that it's not worthy, I'm just not that worthy of showing off my back or any other patch of skin on my entire body--esh...)
These bags of his I know go for hundreds, I've never owned a bag that was worth hundreds before--really I've never desired any designer bag that was worth that (or in those cases so said worth that, because mostly of a brand name or a designer's name)
Well, having to be off to Art Walk & theater volunteering--I'm told to go ahead & put my name in the drawing to win one of these bags (it will be winners pick he decides--which is very generous as they can run from I thought 200 up to 400) & this even though I can't stay for the demo...so John finds a notepad at first & then goes back for some stick it notes - I write my name on it & fold it stupidly with my name on the outside, while I was distracted by asking if I needed to put my contact info on it too & being told No, they know me/they know how to find me (& really as I'm a customer they also know where I live, literally)
This is what shopping local, shopping small businesses, keeping downtown alive means to me--these are 'nice' guys & I have 'nice' guys/my boys to buy good stuff for so I shop in their shop...at $500 purchases you get some kind of lifetime discount, so I'm working closer & closer to that goal--this including shopping for fun socks as well that don't always go to the boys (uh hum, nevermind that)
My stick it note in the fishbowl I shake hands with Onezieme, am sure I probably hugged Paul Bunyan bearded one & off I go into the night & Art Walk not even thinking that I could win a bag that night...
For Social Media sake & to help the guys out I get onto Facebook after having found Onezieme to add him or Onezieme Bags - then went on to get on Facebook to add a comment about Hey y'all don't bother (entering) I'm gonna win one of these beauties...
I was just kidding, really, but it was fun to pretend for the moment & if any kind of teasing gets these guys & their shop & this guy with the gorgeous bags noticed then I'll keep on kidding day & night?!
Love Art Walk, Love walking around Downtown Lafayette during Art Walk & now I've found out to go a bit early is fun too...was lovely walking thru AcA before the hoards accended as they do--which I've been there as a volunteer when someone doing the door count said the number was 800 people, so this was great being there when there was maybe 3 or 4 folks in the main gallery when I was there (after doing double duty & getting to make sure a poster got put up for one theater & another theater a correction postcard - just doing my arts volunteer duties, which can hardly call them that when they're such fun)
Arts & Fleas was outdoors this month & had more tables set up, out in front of Bolt - which was great of them to let them set up out there in their front courtyard, complete with Christmasy lights & on a perfect cool/not humid night...great fun seeing the local artists I've seen before & new ones & chatting with folks who haven't a clue at times where they live...
I get to tell people who live in Lafayette, who even live near Freetown for instance where Freetown is & that there's not only a Farmer's Market twice a week but also a Freetown Studio, plus can toss in there's even a Freetown Fries Food Truck there on Saturdays (then we're off on that topic--Oh there's Food Trucks in town...I swear some folks are 'living under a rock' as much as they notice what's going on in their own town?!)
Talking fries have to take a foodie break at Jefferson Street Pub, finally I got some of their famous fried pickles (that they keep running out of, which is what happened when I tried to order them another time for dinner) - Oh my, never thought I would like such things but you cannot just eat one...with that I had to try an adult grilled cheese too - so no snacks/wine out at Art Walk for me...again, dropped another poster--as my excuse for coming into the gastro-pub & Oh yeah why not let's order me some dinner too while I'm in there-haha of course
Off to the theater to watch the Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds--I think was the name of the TeaSippers show...after earlier having dropped off fruit for the baskets & Christmas cookies, which there wasn't even one left for me to try..sigh...so a baby lady apple instead...after that was over I didn't think anything about going home, walking the dogs, off to bed & almost forgot to check Social Media--then I remembered & wondered who won a bag by Onezieme...
There was a video of the drawing, I watched it--Ross had put the numerous now folded stick it notes into a bucket, then threw them up in the air--kinda sorta--while poor Onezieme had to try to grab one before it hit the floor...maybe he did, maybe he scooped one up--but when they read the name & started with Sharon--I thought wait a minute, can that be, is it...then came the last name & Yes it was Me, it was my name...
Immediate Face Splitting Grin appeared on my face & I started to glow I'm sure...
I'd won, I'd won something, I'd won a most beautiful something...
then I got to typing/gushing onto Facebook & Twitter & I don't know where else...
Next day I would take photos/others would take photos & there would be more Social Media sharing...
But what a lovely night's sleep, with visions of a ruby red clutch bag dancing in my head...
it was funny I did then proceed to dream about a red backpack by a pool that I left sitting there while in the water & someone ran off with it - but just one scene in a blurry dream sequence & when I woke up I knew I'd really won a red clutch that would not run off?!
Though I had a fleeting moment or two feeling guilty--should I take the bag, should I give the bag away, should I try to pay for the bag...I would not take it if the shop had to pay for the bag & then can I do justice to such a bag, can I share enough on Social Media to help any of these guys who are doing good things (I'd like to think they are also having fun while doing them) & good grief someone is going to have to take my photo because I've won something & really I do not take a great photo (like ever or maybe once when I had pig tails as a girl, but for sure not now...)
I got over it & got to downtown, after waiting for a wrought iron craftsman work on my stair rail--coming to the conclusion that really he had to have been the one to make them years ago, if not 4 or 5 years...which is such an interesting circle for us the 3rd owners to have ended up finding him again to come work on his stair rails--it's a small world in Lafayette, LA...
Even better arrive to find the Cafe Cohen Coffee Popup was at Genterie Supply Co for their Last Popup after they were suppose to just be doing it for the summer--got me a free Congrats Capp to go with my free Drawing Won Onezieme Red Clutch (that's a rectangular bag without a handle/arm strap on it, for you guys out there don't know your women's bags)
What a perfect way to spend a Sunday, hanging out, sitting on Geneterie's leather sofa hugging my new leather bag...tapping out Social Media love on my Droid (refusing still to get an iphone as that would mean I'd have to give up my Querty keypad)
I love these guys & their cozy shop--we discussed all that's needed now in there is a fireplace...more discussion on how to get in a fireplace without a chimney went on after that--even if they put in an art installation/aka fake one it would be just as fun & cozy or I think so
And I have to love the artist guy behind the bag, Onezieme--for making such wearable art to begin with & for giving one away at Art Walk & for, of course, drawing my name...so crazy fun how that all worked out (perhaps I shoulda bought a Lotto with all that lucky radiating off me?!)
Links to all things Onezieme Mouton...
"Onézieme Bags are an elegant synthesis of structure and aesthetics. Six pieces of genuine leather and six stainless steel rivets are combined with an integrated woven pattern to create a composition that reveals the bag's structural integrity in the clean lines of its form. Each component is essential to the architecture of the bag, and the detailing of each component is essential to the bag's aesthetic. The line is offered in four sizes and a variety of colors and finishes to fit a wide array of personalities."
Catherine Guidry Photography - advert photos on her blog of Onezieme's Exquisite Line...
Catherine Guidry Photography - this was my favorite photo from her set, Onezieme chose a close up for his fav shot...which I like too, but the straps in this shot I'm loving their kinetic energy
Shop Kiki Online - Onezieme's bags
note: only the clutch & the entreprenuer
"Abbeville, Louisiana native, Onézieme Mouton is all about form and function when it comes to designing his unisex bags. A man of many talents, this architect/actor/academic/designer creates bags with the bare essentials in mind. 6 Strips of leather and 6 rivets are all it takes to make an onézieme bag. The six strips of leather are woven to strengthen the bags form and integrity."
Fab Story about Kiki's daugther & the Clutch bag--so much so that the bag he says should be named after her, so Katie's Clutch (I apologize if I've spelled someone's name wrong here, but it sounds good) It seems or I was told that when Onezieme was showing them his bags he tossed a rubber sample on the floor & Katie went for it/loved it/said he had to make those & I'm guessing for their shop too...as it's only 1 of 2 bags that's on the online Kiki page, the Clutch...but really I don't think it's just a woman's bag thing, this clutch could be a laptop or a tablet/notebook bag or a portfolio bag or any number of other bags--tho mine just happens to be Ruby Red or Burgandy is the color name when you order it, so am not sure how gender-less that color happens to be (men wear pink shirts so why not carry red portfolio bags too...)
Anyway, someday I will have to wander into Kiki's shop & ask for Katie & just say Thank you (or I would never have won a gorgeous red leather clutch bag from Onezieme?!)
Genterie Supply Co
Shop Now - Onezieme's Explorer Shoulder bag
note: I think the Buck bag was the first one I saw & touched, it was nearly as lovely as picking up & touching the Clutch bag, nearly
"An elegant harmony of structure and aesthetics. Six pieces of genuine leather and six stainless steel rivets are combined with an integrated woven pattern to create a composition that reveals the bag's structural integrity in the clean lines of its form.
Each component is essential to the architecture of the bag, and the detailing of each component is essential to the bag's aesthetic.
+ Inside is unlined, meaning you can see the woven leather from the inside.
+ This bag is an absolute conversation starter..."
note: I love these guy's ads/marketing/social media & how they can turn a nice phrase or two as well... let's get this conversation started y'all--where is that beauty-ous bag of mine, all mine, mine, mine...my precious...oh wait--did the hobbits have bags...hmmm...Onezieme, maybe you should make a few bags for the hobbits (too bad the movie's are all done, or are they...)
Onezieme's (old) Blog
The Advocate wrote an article entitled: Bagman, about Onezieme
The Authored Ascension wrote an article...
Sew Chic: Onezieme Mouton Has Fashion Success in the Bag
The Patent (I had no idea you could find Patents online, on Google)
note: if this is true then what happens in 2018 when the term of the patent ends? do you get to renew these things or what--is that when folks get to start playing copycat for real...I just don't know & maybe I don't want to--I will enjoy my original Onezieme bag for now & for years to come, then we'll see what 2018 will bring (it's all I can do to get use to it being 2013 next year?!)
When he (Onezieme) was in Houston with Framework of Houston, TX
2004 International Aluminum Extrusion Design CompetitionProfessional Class Winning Entries
First Place Architectural: Smartframe
Submitted by Wyatt Frantom, Adam Janusz, Joe Meppelink, and Onezieme Mouton at FrameWork of Houston, Texas
Under Behind the Name you'll find that you can't find this spelling but you can find others...
The name Onezieme was not found.
Names that sound similar to ONEZIEME:
|ONÉSIME m French|
|ONESIMOS m Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek|
|ONESIMUS m Biblical, Biblical Latin|
|ONISIM m Russian|
|ONISIMU m Old Church Slavic|
|OYUNCHIMEG f Mongolian|
|UINSEANN m Irish|
I will look up it's origin another time
There--I'm done with everything Onezieme
other than to say thank you Thank You THANK YOU!!!
again my DropBox photos can't be added right away until I delete photos it seems over on Picasa
thanks be to Google (I am not going to pay?!)
whatever am I doing wrong now or more likely what is it I need to learn yet, hmmm
Social Media fun can sometimes be unfun