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Posts from ‘March, 2012’

Formal Fridays

James Andrew - Formal Friday - brought to you by M.de Phocas

James Andrew - Formal Friday - brought to you by M.de Phocas

As mentioned in our previous post, my super chic young friends, Alexis Zambrano and Jesus Torres of M.de Phocas, have started the most marvelous tradition they call “Formal Fridays.”

I absolutely love the concept!

A playful antidote to the rather disastrous casual Friday dress code, it’s the perfect opportunity to don one’s very finest and perhaps hit a fabulous restaurant or lounge. You’ll be sure to turn some heads!

Evening set by M. de Phocas

Evening set by M. de Phocas

On my way out for an evening of elegance and glamor, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black silk moire evening jacket and black wool barathea tuxedo pants, Tom Ford lavender cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black and white silk polka dot bow tie, black and white silk pocket square and black patent leather opera pumps, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Milllesime and of course my pearl and diamond evening set is by the incomparable M. de Phocas.

M. de Phocas

James Andrew with Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano of M. de Phocas

James Andrew with Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano of M. de Phocas

When my young friends, Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano, had difficulty finding fine men’s accessories, they took matters into their own hands, and decided to make their own!

Named after the French author Jean Lorrain’s dandy character, Monsieur de Phocas, Toress and Zambro’s brand finds inspiration in their grandfathers’ attire. Whether it be dressing “…for social functions or merely retrieving the mail…,” collar bars, tie pins and the like were requisite—the accoutrement’s that have, (Torres and Zambrano lament on their site), “…been forgotten in the rush for expediency.” As you might imagine, I’m thrilled to see these kindred spirits reviving the elegance of a lost era.

lapis and diamond evening set M. de Phocas

Lapis and diamond evening set M. de Phocas

I was introduced to their company, M.de Phocas, through the brilliant blog, Le Noued Papillion, and became immediately enthralled by the marvelous and innovative things they were doing with cuff links and evening sets as well as with other accessories.

Agate cufflinks in an evening set by M. de Phocas

Agate cufflinks in an evening set by M. de Phocas

“Our creations are…for those who find pleasure…in selecting their accessories and wardrobe not through rules, but through the true understanding of style…,a statement of their own identity…[an] expression that makes a man unique and is presented in ways that enhances [his] sense of style.” – Excerpt from the M.de Phocas site.

M. de Phocas is also available to create fabulous bespoke pieces. “Whether our client’s need…us to make a monocle, a cigarette case, a cigar box, or even a golden toothpick, we always take pleasure in ambitious proposals…beyond the ordinary.”

Pearl and diamond evening set by M. de Phocas.

Pearl and diamond evening set by M. de Phocas.

Spending some time with Torres and Zambrano on one of their “formal Fridays,” I’m sporting a Gucci silk tapestry evening suit, with a Tom Ford white cotton micro pleated tuxedo shirt, black silk bow tie and cummerbund, black patent opera pumps, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime, and, of course, my Agate evening set is by M. de Phocas.

Feel free to follow M. de Phocas on Facebook! as well.

Te Amo Tulum

James Andrew at Casa Jaguar - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at Casa Jaguar - photo Scott McBee

And as all things must, our unforgettable week in Tulum has come to a close.

As you might imagine, one does feel more than a bit melancholy leaving such a beautiful place, but we’re feeling invigorated, and so with clear heads and a bright new outlook, we’re optimistically diving headlong into a NYC spring!

Big thanks go out to the friends that encouraged us to make this heavenly place our holiday destination (did I mention we’re already planning our return?).

I’m pictured here, poised for a last breakfast at Casa Jaguar, which serves fantastic food in a lush tropical jungle garden setting. I’m wearing a Cuban Guaybera shirt in white linen by Michael Bastian, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo, Tom Ford “Cyrille” sunglasses and brown suede tasseled loafers, rock crystal pendant from Las Dahlias hippie Market in Ibiza, vintage “parabuntal” straw hat, Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and my fragrance is Coqui Coqui’s – Floplum.