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A portrait of James Andrew by Alexis Zambrano

A painted portrait of James Andrew by Alexis Zambrano

Some of you may recall my young friend, artist, aesthete, and Renaissance man, Alexis Zambrano that we featured here on WIJW some time ago (see our previous post here).

And you may also recall that I am a huge fan of his work! I’ve been rather mesmerized by the portraits he has been painting lately, and thought it’d be a tremendous gift to myself to commission Zambrano to paint my portrait! He liked a photo of me by my super stylish friend Christopher Korey, and Zambrano used that as a basis for this lovely painting.

alexis Zambrano and James Andrew - photo Boris Glamocanin

lexis Zambrano and James Andrew – photo Boris Glamocanin

There is a touch of Sargent in Zambrano’s work I think – with an added refreshing modern twist. Why not have your friends, family and/or lovers captured by Zambrano’s exquisite eye?!


James Andrew, Morgan Library, NYC

James Andrew, Morgan Library, NYC

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately – lacking motivation and suffering from general malaise – with no apparent good reason to feel this way. Nothing really drastic, but something I’ve noticed. Of course, there are many possible common causes. Whatever they may be, I’m sure many of you can relate. Life always has these ups and downs.

In times like these, I like to sit with those feelings, breath, and relax. It can be exhausting to constantly have to seek antidotes – there can be a feeling that things shouldn’t be the way they are, and this can easily turn into less than useful thought-spirals.

All is just as it is – no more, no less. The magic is that opening up, being present with the natural state of things, both physically and mentally, can allow our innate inspiration some actual room to be heard. It’s always there, but so often it is simply too clouded by thoughts to be seen or heard. I often talk about the inner dialogue and and the stories we tell ourselves. I think it is really important to be aware of the things we’re constantly telling ourselves – things that cloud your best self. I encourage you to take it easy, let go of the caustic thoughts, and perhaps start to tell a better story.

Additionally one might take some small action – something as simple as dressing up in a fab ensemble can elevate one’s sense of self and shift one’s mood to a higher place.

I have always loved this quotation (often attributed to Regina Brett): “No matter how you feel. Get up. Dress up. Show up. And never give up.”

In that spirit, for today’s post, I dressed up in my Sunday best…and I have to say, I’m feeling better already 🙂 I hope some of these thoughts will be useful to some of you out there. Keep your chin up! Dress up today. Be the star that you are.

To elevate my spirits, I wore this tremendous Tom Ford cashmere wool check jacket, gray and black window pane plaid cotton shirt, purple and charcoal cashmere wool tie, ivory and grey silk pocket square,grey flannel pant, Tom Ford for YSL “Windsor” loafers,Cartier “Tank Divan,” Seaman Schepps grey peal cufflinks, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.


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.