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Pascal Boyer Gallery

James Andrew at the Pascal Boyer Gallery

James Andrew at the Pascal Boyer Gallery

From military school, to enrollment in law school, to a stint in a New York fashion house—an unpleasant experience that gave him the resolve never to work for anyone else again—the French born Pascal Boyer took many detours along the way to becoming the successful and highly esteemed antiques dealer he is today

It was by lucky happenstance, (for both him and us!), that the somewhat “adrift” Boyer noticed the high prices NYC galleries and vintage shops were already commanding in the late 1990s for French 20th century furniture. One only has to look back at auction prices for the likes of Paul Dupré-Lafon and Jean-Michel Frank to see how hot French furniture had already become! He felt confident that his expertise and family connections, (he had brothers in the trade), could eventually land him similar prices. Thus began a life-long passion which took him from the French flea markets to the trade shows, from the opening of a Beacon NY shop, and in 2004, to the creation of what we now know as the spectacular Pascal Boyer Gallery.

While he is well beyond his humble flea market beginnings now—light years beyond we should say—Boyer’s curatorial approach has not wavered, “I strictly buy what I would put in my house. If I can’t put it in my living room, I can’t defend it.”

Along with Boyer’s undeniably elevated taste, we’re pleased to say he’s managed to retain a wonderfully disarming modesty that makes a trip to the Pascal Boyer Gallery a true delight.

Recently Boyer’s six year old son asked him: “What do you do?” Boyer tells us he deemed an answer of “antiques/art dealer” too obnoxious. After some consideration, he finally told his son: “I recycle son, I recycle.”

Needless to say, we here at WIJW, (along with a great bevy of top list PB clients), are convinced that Boyer’s wares are well worth recycling!

On my visit to the Pascal Boyer Gallery I was particularly taken by a few lacquer and gilt bronze pieces by French decorator and furniture designer Raffel Raphael.

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery


At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery


At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

At the Pascal Boyer Gallery

I’m pictured (top) at the gorgeous Pascal Boyer Gallery—we’re thinking this would make a super chic WIJW office, what do you think? I’m sporting (top) a pale pink silk jacket by Tom Ford, Gucci silk butterfly print shirt, brown silk tie by Ralph Lauren, Uniglo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

Lorenzo Villoresi – Iperborea

iperborea

Certainly a lot can be found in a name. Take for instance the world renowned Florentine Perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi’s creation, Iperborea. Mentioned by Herodotus who cited even earlier sources, including Homer, the Hyperboreans were a people said to inhabit a utopic land beyond Boreas, the North Wind—a land thusly referred to as Hyperborea (or Iperborea).

With a dreamy blend of exotic aromatic woods, fruits, and a bouquet of flowers like lily-of-the-valley and magnolia among others, it’s only natural that Villoresi would reserve this bit of liquid perfection, Iperborea, for his Fantasy Fragrance collection—a scent that conveys all the mystery and wonder one might associate with its mythic namesake.

You may recall my encounter with some massive magnolia blossoms during a visit to the “Jardines de Sabatini” in Madrid? (I’ve buried my face in one of them at left)—well the remembrance of that intoxicating scent has been haunting me ever since. And so, as you might imagine, I was absolutely thrilled to come across Iperborea, with its delicious touches of magnolia—and what is more, I recently had the pleasure of meeting the Master Perfumer, Villoresi himself, at a super chic dinner held in his honor. A brilliant, prolific, fascinating man, it wasn’t terribly surprising to learn that Villoresi has an academic background in Ancient philosophy, and is quite well versed in psychology—knowledge he has most adeptly conscripted to the service of his craft!

Do make a splash of Iperborea a part of your most perfect world. I have!

Taste

James Andrew - photo by Justin Williams

James Andrew - photo by Justin Williams

Taste is an ongoing and evolving thing born from continued exposure to beauty in all its myriad forms. In fact Mozi, the 5th century BC, Chinese philosopher postulated that it takes three generations to develop taste and a truly educated appreciation for art. While we’re not sure how long it takes, we are certain that it is something that takes time. And one shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry either, the pursuit is actually where all the fun of discovery is! There are so many resources one can take advantage of today to help one along the way—we probably don’t have to list them here do we?

As with anything—business, spiritual awakening, aesthetics, etc.—one should absolutely take advantage of the education acknowledged experts can provide, whether it be through a well curated museum show, or the writings and images of the great style-makers of the past. It may interest you to note that the root meaning of the word “original” isn’t necessarily about what is new, rather it has to do with “origins,” as in beginnings! Of course, to be clear, I’m not advocating rote imitation—as far as I’m concerned, the only real fashion faux pas is being boring—one should instead contemplate what has come before, understand it, and then have the courage to build on one’s aesthetic, trying out fresh and innovative things along the way.

To this end, we hope that what we share here on WIJW has become a sounding board of sorts, as you develop your own unique tastes!

Incidentally, check out my James_Andrew Instagram account (get the app on iphone) — I’m sharing quite a few visual musings there.

Dressed in my own brand of sartorial splendor, I’m off to face the world sporting a Tom Ford era pale beige linen and silk jacket and navy pinstripe linen pant, my shirt is navy cotton with contrast white collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires by Seaman Schepps, sun glasses and python belt by Gucci, pale pink and navy paisley cotton voile pocket square from Ralph Lauren, vintage Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram, ivory suede loafers by Tom Ford and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.