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EDITORS' PICK!
WHERE TRAVELER GUESTBOOK 2011-2012
Fashion Afoot

photo ©Chris Loomis
Tamera Lyndsay’s custom-made shoes have encased the feet of such famous songbirds as Annie Lennox, Joan Jett and Sheryl Crow. From her workshop in Jerome, the master shoe designer creates styles that include sleek mules and slinky sandals as well as kneehigh snap boots. One eye-catching red leather mule, called Devil’s Cin, has horns and a pointed tail that dramatically wraps a slender foot. Not content to keep her talents to herself, Lyndsay also founded The Shoe College, aka Universite de Chaussures, modeled on the training programs she uses for her own employees. The campus for shoe “U” is the Mingus Arts Center, the former Jerome High School. “I’m hoping to help the shoe industry return stateside by fostering its growth and educating designers about the actual product they design, by fabricating a prototype,” she says. “It’s something that the design and fashion schools don’t teach anymore.” Lyndsay’s talents and skills emerged from the High Design movement in downtown New York during the 1980s when she produced millinery lines, accessories and jewelry. Her broad-based technical education included an apprenticeship with Bob McLean, a custom boot maker in Sedona. A few years ago, her original design wrist wallets were tagged to be part of the swag in Grammy Award gift bags. A favorite of rockers and their crews, the soft black leather wallet holds paper currency and credit cards as it masquerades as a fashion accessory. It looks equally cool lashed around a wrist or the handlebars of a Harley-Davidson. Rebekah Kennedy, owner of the store My Vintage Vixen in Jerome, regularly stocks Lyndsay’s Prive line of handmade shoes in sizes 7, 8 and 9. “All special orders are sent directly to Tamera,” she says. Custom-built boots and shoes require a measuring session at the maker’s workshop, a six-month wait, and a cost starting at $300.


Read What People Are Saying About Tamera Lyndsay and Wilma Accessories

"Tamera made a pair of custom boots for me which I cherish. The entire experience of having a pair of shoes custom-made was great due to her passion about the final product and her acute sense of detail."
-Mary Palafox, Levi Strauss & Co.

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Dear WilmaWorld staff, I received my wrist wallet order, today. It was worth the wait! WOW! This can't be a wallet...it's too beautiful! The craftsmanship, quality of the leather, and the fact that it's one size fits all, really blows me away. I tried on the wrist wallet and it fit me perfectly. I love the earthy feel and natural appearance. Although I can use it for keeping my money, it will be more of a bracelet. If anyone asks me (they will!) I will direct them to your website. THANK YOU so very much! Sincerely, Jo-Ann R.

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"Tamera is an outstanding designer, and she is truly brilliant as an engineer and craftsperson. It is rare that an individual can excel in these very distinct stages from concept to completion. The shoes, boots and accessories that Tamera designs are not only eye catching but they hold your interest over time. This makes the engineering and quality of workmanship very important, as these are likely to become your favorite wear-them-all-the-time articles. You want them to last, and they will!"
-Michael Barron, Director of Operations at Tzell Travel

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"Tamera is a uniquely talented designer and craftsperson, and the unusual designs that she creates are exquisitely made. Her work is always on time, and her commitment to quality is evident. She is also a pleasure to work with, and listens carefully to what is being asked of her, and always has a sense of humor."
- Blair Breard, Producer/UPM at B. Breard Productions

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"I have known Tamera for many years and as a Designer myself I am very judgmental of other's design. Her grasp of the design process and the following coordination to finished product is amazing. I am the proud owner of many of her works and cherish them dearly. She is one of a kind"
-Glen Yank, Emergency Exit, NYC

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"Tamera is an extremely driven designer who strives for perfection. Her attention to detail is amazing and only adds to the quality of the product she designs. She is always looking for new ways to do things. I highly recommend her work and she would be an asset to any organization."
- Louise Seeber, George Little Management

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Hi its peaches here Just wanted to thank you for the rad bikini top and leather wrist wear. Everything is so perfect. Im gonna get a lot of use out of all of it! WoW Xxx peach

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Dear Tamera, Just a note to tell you how much I love the leather journals, checkbook covers and accessories I ordered from your company. I placed an order on a "leap of faith" from a postcard picture...but the workmanship is without flaw and your artistic talents are evident in all the pieces that I purchased. I am thrilled to have found your company and I look forward to ordering more in the future. Sincerely, Linda Burke, President Statements Design & Building Co., Inc.

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"Tamera is an unusually talented craftsperson and designer who has supplied me with amazingly creative and wonderfully crafted shoes and leather goods of consistently high-end quality and workmanship. She has been a pleasure to work with and always delivers on time. I highly recommend her services and products."
-Kristen Reed, Graphic Design and Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional

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hi, Tamera just wanted to say i loved everything you gave me and will get a lot of wear out of it all!!! I really want to work with you in the future look forward to it!!! keep in touch ... xxx peach

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-Wilmaworld, I saw one of your wrist wallets on my best friend, and we were trying to figure out exactly where to go on the Internet, when he opened it up and saw your website embossed inside on the leather.
I bought three that day, and today I'm buying another one, all for myself. These are the coolest things I have seen in a long time...
When people ask me about my wrist wallet, it's so easy to open it and show them what it is and have the website information right on the inside for them. Great idea! Keep it up!...
...I just wanted to commend you on your success, and tell you I think you have a great product going. Prosper and keep up the great work.
Thank You very much,
-Douglas D

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Hi Tamara, Yes...love your wrist wallet and I purchased mine about 5 years ago. It's been around. I wear it riding my horse, on the back of a Harley and recently it has been with me at the CMA Awards (Country Music Awards) in NYC when I was working for them. Couldn't carry around a purse so it was perfect and I received so many compliments from the country music artists!
Glad to see they are going in gift bags at the Grammy's. Sorry mine won't be there, but who knows where it might venture to next!
Sincerely,
-Marilyn

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I love my wrist wallet! I pretty much wear it to every concert, and I bought especially for when I go see Dave Matthews cause I never has a place for my ID and money and HATE carrying a purse at shows.
Also I get so many compliments on it and one of my friends said it reminded her of the cuffs He-Man and She-Ra wore in the cartoons. How 80s. hehehe So funny.
Thanks again!
-Monica

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