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PALM BEACH AND THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL

In one of the many courtyards at the Brazilian Court heading to dinner, I’m captured wearing a Tom Ford cotton silk floral dinner jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, white cotton twill pants, fuchsia velvet ikat slippers, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell and pink sapphire. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

The Brazilian Court Hotel is literally steps away from most of what one would want to experience in Palm Beach, i.e. the beach, Worth Avenue, and all the best restaurants. And the attentive staff, lush tropical gardens, and the amazing architecture at the Brazilian Court makes a stay in Palm Beach an absolute dream!

As many of our readers here at WIJW know by now, I prefer “old school” Palm Beach, so McBee and I made a point to dine at classic restaurants like Cafe L’Europe serving continental cuisine in an elegant setting (and the best martinis btw). Another one of my favorites is Taboo: a vintage 1941 era bistro. Request a table at the front of the restaurant where you’ll find lovely treillaged walls and tropical murals.

Pre-dinner poolside at the Brazilian Court Hotel. I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest pink silk suit, pink and white checked cotton shirt and pink silk brocade slippers, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan, and Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cuff links. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Do sort out your rooms at The Brazilian Court Hotel and pack up your finest jewels and other finery, because Palm Beach is certainly one of the best places to showcase your sartorial splendor!

EXTENDED SUMMER AT THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL PALM BEACH

James Andrew – The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach. Sporting a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, white cotton French cuff shirt, pink and green silk madras pants, pink silk brocade slippers, green and white silk hounds tooth pocket square, Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cufflinks, Cartier “Tank Divan,” and Creed Windsor fragrance.

Scott McBee and I have been pretty busy this summer and haven’t really had time for proper holidays, so we treated ourselves to a few mini-getaways instead!

Palm Beach is always a preferred destination and quite handy to New York – just a quick 2 hour flight. Some super chic friends of ours recently shared their gorgeous photos of the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Suitably intrigued, it was not long before McBee and I sorted some rooms there and were on our way!

I’ve always looked for hotels that capture the essence of a place, and I am quite pleased to say the Brazilian Court captures Palm Beach in the most wonderful way. The hotel was designed by famed architect Rosario Candela in 1926 and doubled in size come the mid-30s at the hand of the legendary Palm Beach architect, Maurice Fatio. A series of courtyards, lush tropical gardens, and classical/Renaissance architecture in the Mediterranean style give it a crisp elegant beauty. While there (and we were treated to the sublime “Astaire Suite”) one has the feeling of being a guest at a marvelous Palm Beach estate – true tropical splendor! And it is located right in the center of town with all the best of Palm Beach only a short stroll away.

We really had no mission other than to luxuriate and decompress – so most days we started with a brilliant breakfast at Cafe Boulud – the hotel’s restaurant), then we’d head off to lounge poolside. Later, we’d take a walk to the beach, maybe promenade down Worth Avenue, and follow this by a relaxing lunch at the Surfside Diner.

James Andrew. At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach wearing a Tom Ford cotton floral shirt, white cotton twill pants, magenta ikat velvet slippers, “Sergio” sunglasses, Lock & Co Hatters – straw panama hat, Cartier Tank Divan, James Kiel Patrick woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance.

We’d get dressed for the evenings, and dined at some of our favorite “old school” Palm Beach restaurants like Bice which has magnificent Milanese cuisine. On another night our dear friend Tom Samet gathered together a chic collection of friends and took us to a divine dinner at Buccan which serves innovative American cuisine made with fresh well-sourced ingredients.

September is a marvelous month to visit Palm Beach, with amazing deals to be had on hotels and dining, and it is so incredibly peaceful. It’s almost as hot in New York as it is in Palm Beach but one has a pool and the beach to enjoy, making it the perfect venue for an extended summer getaway.

TENNIS ANYONE?

James Andrew – Tennis!

As a boy, tennis was one of the only sports that I actually enjoyed and had some success at, and my high school was pretty progressive offering it year round! Team sports never appealed to me much – with individual sports, how well or poorly you do is completely up to you, you only have yourself to answer to!

I continued to play here and there throughout my life, but less and less frequently as time went on. This past week I was in Bedford NY with a dear client who plays with a tennis pro. She insisted that I bat a few balls around. Somewhat reluctantly I agreed – it really had been some time since I’d picked up a racquet. Well it was an instant reconnect for me – and reminded me of the pleasure I’d taken in tennis. Thankfully a few years ago I scored a fab pair of Tom Ford tennis shorts (read: hot pants), so now being already well attired, I am happy to say I am back in the game! Tennis anyone?

I’m photographed wearing an old school 70s style tennis ensemble – Tom Ford ivory tennis shorts, Uniqlo cotton mesh shirt, Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes, Cartier Tank Divan, and a Head tennis racquet.