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EXPERIMENT IN SELF PORTRAITURE

James Andrew - November

James Andrew – November


I apologize for the sporadic postings as of late. Hands have been full with design projects, and as usual it is a challenge to coordinate the right story, location, ensemble and photographer!

Over the years I have worked with so many brilliant photographers and through the process my understanding of photography has grown – how the camera reads me etc. My life in general provides me with ample opportunities for stories and I’ve no shortage of intriguing locations, and I always put myself together clothing wise – what remains a the final piece of the puzzle is having a photographer on-hand to capture what I envisage.

My super stylish friend Christopher Korey has become an Insta-star and he has figured out how to self-capture with actually rather striking results. Inspired by this, I’m looking to explore the possibilities of some self portraiture. I have the Olympus EPL8 and a 45mm lens on my holiday shopping list – Hopefully it will allow me greater ease and flexibility in creating posts on my own terms. In the meantime I’ve got my cell taking pictures on a little tripod, so bear with me!

With my first experiment in self-portraiture, a fall snapshot – I’m sporting a Tom Ford black and white hounds tooth wool tweed overcoat and white cotton shirt,black wool cardigan from Uniqlo, Michael Bastian red corduroy pants, vintage black alligator belt with silver buckle and black and white dot print silk scarf, Cartier “Tank Divan,” Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, and my fragrance is Creed Cedre Blanc.

HAUTE BOHEMIANS

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We’re back from Tangier and have been attacking a stack of tremendous tomes. One particular standout is photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna’s sumptuous Haute Bohemians (with a forward by Amy Astley).

In an era of manufactured and commercialized style, it is refreshing to see such a collection of distinctive homes. Here (from the introduction) Flores-Vianna approaches home as a visual narrative, the “geography of a life,” and reverently extols these houses as nothing less than poetry.

Absolutely divine!

Haute Bohemians. Christopher Gibbs, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Christopher Gibbs, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Christopher Gibbs, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Christopher Gibbs, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Haute Bohemians. Madison Cox, Tangier

Flores-Vianna notes a common thread characterizing his seemingly disparate subjects: curiosity, acceptance, and wealth. “Curiosity for a wider world and the pleasure that new discoveries bring. Acceptance of the differences that distinguish cultures and enrich us all. All the subjects in the book, all these haute bohemians, in the end inhabit a world of their own making that, regardless of actual monetary value, is true wealth. For this honesty, nobility, all these haute bohemians are, to my eyes, heroes as well.”

This is certainly a #musthave #mustread, and would make a glorious gift during this upcoming holiday season. Inspiration to live an extraordinary life! Do snap up your copy of Haute Bohemians today.

PRIVATE TANGIER

James Andrew, Sidi Hosni palace, the former home of Barbara Hutton

James Andrew, Sidi Hosni palace, the former home of Barbara Hutton

There are not a whole lot of tourist attractions in Tangier, and most those can be seen within a few days time. Of course there is quite a bit of shopping to be done (my favorites were certainly Laure Welfling and de Velasco) and there are fabulous restaurants as well as some divine day-trips to be made, but the truth is that much of the best of Tangier exists behind closed doors. Thankfully we were rather blessed to have our friend Monica di Valmarana who is available, on a very select and limited bases, for tours of a more private sort.

With her invaluable guidance we were granted access to the Tangier we had always dreamt of. Particularly memorable was a cocktail party in the absolutely otherworldly woodland garden of the legendary and delightful Anna McKew. We also had a sublime soirée with the chicest of guests at designer Nicolo Castellini Baldissera’s ravishing riad, which is featured in The World of Interior. Another highlight was a visit to Barbara Hutton’s former home, “Sidi Hosni” palace, which is made up of several structures pieced together to form one monumental palace. The present owners first purchased the riad next door and refurbished it in a Parisian David Hicks style. When Sidi Hosni came on the market they purchased it to guarantee its preservation. I’ve heard it might actually be available for rent! I’m crossing my fingers and stocking up on kaftans to wear while basking in the beauty of it all.

My most favorite visit must have been to the home of legendary designer Laure Welfling and her husband Guidi de Richemont Salvy where we had a lovely luncheon hosted by Welfling and her divine daughter, India. Built in the late 18th century as Spain’s first legation in Tangier, the house, Dar Cherif, is the largest single-family dwelling in the old city. The place is magical, and showcases the family’s endless talents. An elegant, eclectic, and fantastical mix – all that one might hope to find in Tangier.

Without our fabulous friend Monica di Valmarana, none of this would have been possible, and we owe our deepest gratitude! We were beyond blessed to have this very private look within the walls of Tangier, and we’ve now made so many new friends!