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October, 2015:

PORTUGAL BOUND

Duke and Duchess in Portugal

Duke and Duchess in Portugal

It has all been rather last minute, but somehow McBee and I have assembled a delightful touring adventure. We have ten tremendous days ahead of us in Portugal, starting in Lisbon, then to Porto, and ending up in Sintra.

great_houses_smallEver since I was a young man, I’ve been enchanted by Portugal — I used to marvel over Sacheverell Sitwell’s legendary 1970s book, The Great Houses of Europe, with Palacio Quelez on the cover and the many unusual palaces celebrated within its pages. Going to Portugal now really is a dream come true. For the past few months I’ve been doing some quite in depth research on the place, and look forward to sharing our finds!

Incidentally the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s visit to Portugal provided me with inspiration for my traveling wardrobe—so stay tuned for what is sure to be one of the most spectacular WIJW seasons yet!

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WIJW FRIENDS

James Andrew - photo by Jeff Sternfeld

James Andrew – photo by Jeff Sternfeld

WIJW has become an incredible venue for meeting brilliant, lovely and talented people from around the world! While WIJW has aforded us quite a few perks (yes we’ve been wined and dined!), the most spectacular gift have been the people, and the wonderful opportunity to give and receive inspiration. Marvelous muses constantly present themselves — artists, artisans, designers, photographers — and so many have combined their talents to making WIJW what it is.

And boy do we love hearing appreciative words – this for instance:

“….I can imagine, but for only just a single breath of time, what it must be like to feel myself in a bespoke Dior suit over a fitted dress shirt; the crisp cuffs of which are just peeking out from my blazer sleeve. Cuff links gleaming in the sunlight as I check my perfectly polished watch.

My point is that you make clothing so appealing that, even as a woman, I want to dress like you. Or really, a feminine version but with much more elegance and sophistication than I am currently showcasing.

Please know that I am extraordinarily aware of the time, money, effort and years of learning and perfecting that has brought you to where you are and I respect every moment of it. You have perfected dressing to such a point that you actually make it look easy. Which, of course, it is most certainly not.

You’ve inspired me to begin my own journey to find clothing that can be fitted just right to my frame and that will hold up, in style as well as quality, for decades. I don’t need to spend a fortune, however, I don’t need seven cheaply made black dresses that fit poorly, either. I need one that fits and compliments my frame and makes me feel good when I wear it. I want clothing from now on that draws attention my assets and away from my perceived flaws. I know this is not a days worth of work, however, I know it will be worth the time spent. …..”

Unbelievably touching and beautifully put! Thank you Cayta Jordan!

james_andrew_bwFor our pictures today, I spent an afternoon with my dear friend Jeff Sternfeld who I met via WIJW – he’s a dashing and super sophisticated young entrepreneur and as you can see from the photo (top), he’s also quite a gifted photographer! I’m dressed in a Tom Ford brown/black wool cashmere plaid jacket, brown and white cotton micro hounds tooth shirt with French cuffs, brown cotton corduroy pants, brown wool knit tie, brown and ivory silk glen plaid pocket square, brown suede tasseled loafers, brown leather belt with rose gold buckle and Tom Ford Dimitry sunglasses, antique Scottish agate cuff links, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

FYI We have finally sorted out a last minute trip to Portugal and my fabulous friends and fans in Portugal have been reaching out across the Atlantic to help us create the most spectacular journey to share with you all. I am so excited to finally meet so many of my gorgeous Portuguese fans!

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LIKE DUSK TO DAWN

Birthday at the Four Seasons

Birthday at the Four Seasons

Another birthday has come and gone, and I’m finding Aerosmith’s Dream On particularly pertinent….

“Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way”

Time really is just jetting by at an exponential rate, and despite the fact that I’ve got a touch of Dorian Grey in me, one does begin to notice the lines, graying hair, etc!

As we age, we inevitably change, and these changes are something to embrace. Nothing remains the same. In fact, stagnation really is more akin to death. One has to embrace and savor every aspect of this journey, wherever we are on the journey. Of course, birthdays do give one pause to reflect, and perhaps one isn’t always exactly thrilled with one’s progress, but perhaps we are exactly where we need to be and all is unfolding quite as it should…delays do not mean denials!

The Four Seasons Restaurant

The Four Seasons Restaurant

All this being said, McBee and I had a wonderful time out at the Four Seasons restaurant. With the impending closure in July of 2016, we thought it a good idea to catch it before it goes. We really are stunned and perplexed that the owner of the Seagrams building would not want to preserve the Four Seasons in its present state. It is the perfect space, but sadly protests seem for naught. Perhaps the lesson is (and this goes for getting older as well), enjoy what one has, while one has it!

The Four Seasons Restaurant Bar

The Four Seasons Restaurant Bar

Celebrating a birthday at the iconic Four Seasons restaurant (top), I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere tartan jacket, Tom Ford black and white window pane check cotton shirt, black silk tie. charcoal wool cashmere pants , black and saddle leather loafers, vintage black silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Windsor is my fragrance.

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