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March, 2013:

Prepping for Spring

For Spring - James Andrew

For Spring – James Andrew

Spring weather has nearly sprung despite the fact that persistently chilly days here in New York City make new warmer climes seem a very long way off!

But we’ll simply have to trust that the world is spinning in the right direction, and therefore some hard thought regarding the upcoming sartorial season is overdue! In fact, I’ve actually been thinking about Spring/Summer for several months, and with trips planned for Lyford and an upcoming project in Palm Beach, I’m ready to actually start prepping for spring.

As per my usual modus operandi, my process starts with a good look at my existing spring/summer wardrobe—examining where a few voids might be, so that I can think about filling out a delicious new narrative. A new look doesn’t mean one discards everything one has to start anew; sometimes the simplest article can transform pieces one might already own; case and point, I think this new rather terrific Tom Ford silk paisley bow tie in shades of purple, periwinkle, and blue, really pops up my Gucci dove gray and white stiped cotton suit—throw in a Turnbull and Asser purple gingham check cotton shirt and a Tom Ford purple mini glen plaid cotton pocket square…and bam, over-the-top fabulousness.

For the upcoming season, I’ll also be adding orange, shades of pale mango, and tangerine as well as gray mixed with whites, and pastels in lavender, pink, and mauve. What will you be wearing? Whatever it is, I hope you’re starting to prep for Spring—it’ll be here before you know it!

Interior Designer as Real Estate Advisor

James Andrew - Financial District, NYC

James Andrew – Financial District, NYC

As an interior designer, I’m often called upon to take on many other less defined roles. We’ve mentioned, I often act as art advisor, but my role often extends well beyond being a decorator; in fact, I work with many of my clients and a network of realtors to pinpoint the perfect home when need be—essentially acting as a real estate advisor. I’m able to save all involved a great deal of time and effort, since I’m preeminently qualified to assess what one can do, decoratively as well as architecturally, with a space. I can then determine if a space is worth actually showing my client.

I spent the day today with a very special client and a realtor friend exploring New York City’s Financial District (think old-school Gotham). We saw several possibilities with some solid investment potential, and I look forward to sharing the whole process here on WIJW; from finding the perfect place, to renovation, and finally to decoration!

Exploring downtown, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black cotton corduroy jacket and black and white striped cotton shirt, Ralph Lauren ivory cotton cable knit shawl collared cardigan and black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Le Noued Papillion off white and black polka dot silk ascot, J Brand Kane jean, Pierre Hardy cobalt suede demi boots, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi, Garafano. Its base of carnation, rose, and geranium has me feeling like a modern day dandy.

Asia Week NY 2013 and the Lesley Kehoe Galleries

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery - photo John Mazlish

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

Asia Week NY 2013 is in full swing here in New York City! With a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in New York City, Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area. In short, it presents the most perfect opportunity to fall even more deeply in love with art from the Asian art.

My first stop? The superlative Lesley Kehoe Galleries, of course. A visit there is sure to transport one to a world of fantasy and romance—to “an environment of beauty” as they tell us—a place that “..indulges the senses, provokes the intellect, and stirs the heart.”

Well to be sure, my heart certainly did begin to race upon seeing the magnificent work of Maio Motoko whose exhibition, Deconstructing Tradition: Contemporary Japan is highlighted at the Lesley Kehoe Galleries to celebrate Asia Week.

Maio Motoko – Moment by Moment Heartbeat by Heartbeat (Exhibiting Asia Week New York 2013) from Lesley Kehoe Galleries on Vimeo.

With several possible configurations, the unique thirteen-fold graduated screen I’m pictured with, for instance, folds into a trapezoidal form which stands alone as a sculptural object, totally concealing its potential as a massive canvas. Primarily made from antique Japanese textiles cut and pieced together to create a symphony of color and pattern, Motoko has taken one of the most traditional of Japanese art forms and created something that speaks to the 21st Century. Needless to say, I’d be thrilled to see one of these masterpieces installed in one of my interiors.

James Andrew and work by  Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

Admiring Maio Motoko’s work, Fleeting Moments (Y side), I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, black wool flannel pant and purple and ivory glen plaid silk pocket square, Turnbull & Asser purple cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, antique moon stone cuff links, black alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, vintage Rolex watch, Navy leather slip on shoes and my fragrance is Creed Royal-Oud.

photos by John Mazlish