Cover Artist: Gerry Davis

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Cover Artist: Gerry Davis

Native North Carolinian Gerry Davis studied fashion design at Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and after graduation lived in Paris studying fashion illustration at Cours Bercot, Dessin De Mode. He became an apprentice with a modeliste of Christian Dior in order to learn more about draping and design.

Returning to New York City, he met Brook Volland, who would become his partner in business and in life. Together they designed hats under the label Gerald-Brook. In 1964, an editor from Harper’s Bazaar came in to see the hats. Suddenly, the duo had their work on the cover, and by the fall of 1965 had their first millinery shop in New York.

A few years later the pair relocated to Wilson, North Carolina, near Gerry’s home of Farmville, and opened Gerald-Brook Boutique, which they ran for the next 28 years. A few years ago, the artist began creating whimsical, embellished shoe sculptures with names like, Cupid Did It, Rosie the Riveter, and Neptune’s WC. For more information about Gerry’s work, contact Sunset River Marketplace at 910-575-5999 or visit

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