James Andrew at John Robshaw textiles.
John Robshaw is a must when looking to add a few beautiful touches of the exotic to a fine interior. After earning a degree in fine arts, Robshaw traveled to India to find natural indigo for his paintings, and in the process he fell in love with the indigenous textile tradition and culture there. Subsequently his love affair has grown into a fascinating journey as he searches out textiles, artisans, and craftsmen throughout the world – At his New York showroom you’ll find items from Thailand Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and most recently, Bolivia. It’s Robshaw’s mission to blend all of these magnificent multi-cultural elements together to create a line that offers a “vibrant mix of sophistication and romantic allure.” I can say that we at WIJW are happy to share in the fruits of his wonderful quest!
Robshaw's superb business card.
I’m pictured (top) at the John Robshaw showroom in New York city admiring a fantastic silver four poster bed and inlaid bone bench. I’ll be bringing you a closer look at some of these spectacular textiles in an upcoming post. I’m wearing a black cotton corduroy Norfolk style jacket by Gucci, a western style shirt in brown and ivory plaid and floral, python belt with silver double horse head buckle both by Gucci, black skinny jeans by Diesel, brown leather “Chelsea” boot and brown suede and leather satchel also by Gucci, sunglasses are KVA for Oliver Peoples.
I love to use historic hand printed wallpapers in the spaces I create, and they really are a signature of my high end classic interior. Recently the illustrious antiques dealer Mallett had a spectacular exhibition of vintage wallpapers titled “Wallpapers In Vogue” in collaboration with Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, the renowned expert in the field.
The exhibition included a number of papers that were shown for the first time in the United States, and I was thrilled to have been able to view some of these outrageously beautiful works of art in person. This was a sampling of the best of the best, and one of the most extensive selections of French wallpapers that has been assembled in America for many years.
Mallet was the perfect venue for such a collection. Sadly the exhibition has ended, but not to worry – one can still enjoy all the beauty of what I was able to enjoy in Carrolle Thibaut-Pomerantz’s stunning new book, “Wallpaper: a history of style and Trends.”
The panoramic scenic, Les Rives du Bosphore, was designed and printed by Joseph Dufour before 1812.
Jardin Anglais, formerly known as Jardin de Bagatelle, was manufactured by Joseph Dufour’s Mâcon firm in Paris before 1804 and designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin.
Jardin de Bagatelle (detail).
Standing in front of “Jardin Anglais” I’m wearing a slate blue corduroy jacket with leather and steel buttons, by Gucci, a white and forest green stripe shirt with french cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet Paris white and forest green retro print silk pocket square, black wool flannel pant by Gucci, “Blue jeans” blue leather belt with silver buckle by Hermes, Lanvin teal/turquoise suede sneakers.
James Andrew at Doyle.
Doyle New York, the premier auctioneers and appraisers, has been a true friend to several distinguished non-profit New York organizations over the years and I thought to mention their upcoming benefit for the 100 year old Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club on Monday. (November 2, 2009 from 6 pm until 8 pm RSVP early space is limited!)
Along with a silent auction there’ll be a book signing and cocktail reception for Caroline Rennolds Millbank’s, “Resort Fashion: Style in Sun Drenched Climates” – a must read celebrating the vibrant history of resort wear. I can’t wait to devour this volume, especially with resort season fast upon us! It is sure to provide buckets of inspiration and proceeds from the book sale will go to Kips Bay – so you’ll feel good inside and out!
As an added draw to what already promises to be a spectacular evening, guests are invited to a private preview for the upcoming auctions “High Society Sale,” and “Doyle + Design.”
I trust I’ll see some our WIJW readership there experiencing the deep joy that comes from giving with a generous heart!
(top) On a dreary New York day I’m sporting a Gucci tweed top coat in browns, greens, rusty orange and olive, a Mackintosh brown cotton corduroy (run horizontally ) down filled vest with an orange lining, white and forest green striped cotton shirt with French cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Vintage moonstone cufflinks and brown wool tie from Ralph Lauren, Gucci brown tweed motorcycle pants and python belt with silver double horse head buckle, my super chic Le Chameau Chasseur boots, a proper English umbrella by Swaine Adney Brigg with ash handle and an olive tote bag-from Range Rover.