James Andrew at the New York Botanical Gardens - photo Gabriel Everett
I’ve just returned from a beautiful Sunday afternoon spent strolling with friends through the magnificent New York Botanical Gardens. Only twenty minutes via train from Grand Central Station, it’s well worth a quick trip to the NYBG which never fails to refresh and renew. While an example of nature contained (albeit over a substantial 250 acres), one cannot help but marvel at the complex diversity of plant-life represented here. Truly as Thoreau put it, “Nature is full of genius…,” and the glorious spectacle, well away from frenetic noises of city-life, quite inevitably leads one to relaxed contemplation.
A quick note: Do mark your calendars for the ultra chic Conservatory Ball—a marvelous party benefiting children’s education, plant research and the conservation programs at the NYBG. It’s certainly one of the most important events of the season, and a hugely worthy cause. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Dressed in deference to the venerable New York Botanical Gardens, (one can only imagine the sort of elevated weekend attire one might have seen here in the 1890′s!), I’m wearing a Tom Ford era Gucci ivory and gray striped cotton suit, Tom Ford pink plaid cotton shirt with French cuffs and a pink and white floral silk pocket square, vintage moon stone cuff links, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, Gucci sunglasses and black , white and silver leather loafers, a loosely tied white and black silk polka dot ascot by Le Noeud Papillion, straw hat with black gross grain ribbon from India Hick’s boutique, The Sugar Mill, and my fragrance (well suited to a day like today) is Creed White Flowers.
James Andrew, NYC. photo by the incomparable Gabriel Everett
I can’t believe it has already been a year since I was introduced to the brilliant photographer, Gabriel Everett. Perhaps it was our shared constellation (Libra) that had us in agreement on so many levels. Whatever it was, we began an instantaneous and rather epic bromance…and, if you have not noticed, we’ve produced quite a lot of work together as well! In fact, I often half jokingly liken our collaboration to that of Garbo and von Sternberg. And so, a special thanks goes to Everett for his marvelous WIJW photos! We look forward to many more iconic images!
Captured by none other than our favorite Gabriel Everett, I’m sporting a Tom Ford suit in charcoal wool cashmere Prince of Wales plaid, and black and white silk pocket square, a Richard James black and white cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, vintage cuff links in shell with coral beads, Gucci black leather tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch, a loosely tied white and black silk polka dot ascot by Le Noeud Papillion and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.
As mentioned, I do love this time of year, and in concert with the new season, I usually make a shift in fragrance to a lighter citrus/floral mixture.
Enter Creed Royal Exclusive’s White Flowers. With notes like Parma violet leaves, green apple, Calabrian lemon, jasmine, geranium, rose, and sandalwood, it has all the freshness one could desire in a Spring/Summer fragrance, without sacrificing the rich sophistication of Creed’s heavier bodied scents. Need I say it’s one of my new favorites?
Why not stop by Creed for a refreshing spritz, and add White Flower to your Spring/Summer kit!