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July, 2016:


James Andrew - D'Ascoli & Company textile

James Andrew – D’Ascoli & Company textile – photo by Boris Glamocanin

When my friend, textile designer Peter D’Ascoli, saw that I was attempting to recreate a version of Lee Radziwel’s Renzo Mongiardino designed London drawing room, he offered his assistance. I count myself as very lucky indeed!

D’Ascoli (based in India) has the most exquisite eye and is designing a truly marvelous mix of textiles. His atelier offers a full range – from custom embroideries to classic chintz patterns to more exotic designs – all in custom colorations of course.

In particular, we’re working to recreate Indian bedspread style fabrics in order to realize my Mongiardino fantasy for our very own Scott McBee’s bedroom. The whole concept is rather intoxicating!

Peter D'Ascoli

Peter D’Ascoli

D’Ascoli grew up in New York, and has always loved art and drawing (he also developed a passion for surfing and sailing!). Upon a teacher’s recommendation, D’Ascoli went to study textile design at FIT, and while working at a summer job designing men’s textiles, he was asked to go to India to monitor production. India made a lasting impression on the young D’Ascoli, but as he tells us, it took many years before he returned. “This was more than 30 years ago, before the trade agreements and technological advances that created globalization. During that time, I met Indian government officials from the Ministry of Textiles who invited me to return to India after graduation to work with craftspeople across India developing products for export. I did return and spent almost two years learning about Indian handicrafts before heading back home to Manhattan where I worked for the next two decades before going back to India to open the Talianna Studio in Delhi.”

Talianna Studio

Talianna Studio, Delhi

D'Ascoli & Company. Coromandel Collection

D’Ascoli & Company. Coromandel Collection

Embroidering Coramandel - D'Ascoli & Company

Embroidering Coramandel – D’Ascoli & Company

As many of my clients know, I approach interior design as a couturier would, creating fully bespoke interiors. To this end, finding a creative wellspring like D’Ascoli & Company is invaluable, and it won’t surprise you to know they have become my go-to resource.

For enquiries, email D’Ascoli here:

I’m photographed in my little jewel box of a dining room library by the endlessly talented Boris Glamocanin. It’s amazing how D’Ascoli and Company’s Gilded Age Chintz pattern on shocking pink Duchess silk so thoroughly elevates the room. I’m sporting a Tom Ford grey and white hounds tooth wool hemp jacket, shocking pink silk cotton pants, a shocking pink and white abstract floral print silk pocket sqare and a shocking pink large check silk tie, Paul Stuart Bespoke cotton shirt in white, grey and pink stripes, Ralph Lauren black crocodile belt with sterling buckle, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford era YSL “Windsor” black leather loafers, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel keeping me looking tan, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.


James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons.

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons.

I’m happy to say that I nearly always become friends with my clients – the fact is, it does help that clients tend to be thrilled with the interiors I create for them! As a result, I often receive some very nice offers – like a recent invitation from some super chic client/friends of mine to spend the weekend in South Hampton. Needless to say. the Vuitton was packed and I was hopping on the Jitney in no time!

Our friend-clients in the Hamptons are the most generous and gracious of hosts – and they spare no effort to make their guests comfortable. In preparation for such occasions, I do take care to organize a few fabulous ensembles, and I always try to be at my genial best. As the Duchess of Windsor once said: “If you accept a dinner invitation you have the moral obligation to be amusing.” Being well dressed, to me, should be included in said moral obligation!

There, we were treated to the most delicious food, wonderful wines, most entertaining and stimulating conversation, and plenty of lounging by the property’s pool. It is no coincidence that our friends’ estate is named “Sheer Bliss!” We also thoroughly enjoyed the compulsory cocktail hour (Pimms cups in hand) and croquet played on the front lawn surrounded by monumental privet hedges and hydrangea bushes. Again, sheer bliss.

Day one (at top) found me dressed for croquet and a later dinner in a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, royal and white dot print shirt and a royal and white silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, white jeans by Uniqlo, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

For day two (see below), I dressed for more croquet and yet another fabulous dinner in a Polo Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collar sweater, linen pinstripe pants and orange suede espadrilles, Michael Bastian for Uniqlo navy cotton pique polo shirt, Tom Ford royal and white silk scarf, vintage Rolex, rope belt by Orlebar Brown, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons


Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton in his drawing room at Reddish House in Wiltshire, England. Photograph by Arnold Newman.

Many considered Cecil Beaton to be the ultimate aesthete – I know I certainly do! Artist, photographer, writer, costume designer – he was a true Renaissance man. Much has been written about him, yet astonishingly, his personal wardrobe has been nearly completely overlooked – until recently, that is! Through Benjamin Wild’s tremendous tome, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton, we are given a glorious glimpse into the evolution of Beaton’s personal style, from the 1920’s right on up until his passing. Each period is documented with stunning photographs and engaging recollections. Beaton was a master of an elegant and eclectic mix of styles – I’m particularly fond of his Austrian jackets!


The author, Benjamin Wild, has gleaned wonderfully pithy words illustrating Beaton’s approach to fashion. Take for instance: “I don’t want people to know me as I really am – but as I’m trying and pretending to be.” How perfect!

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton is a must-have addition to one’s library and a most excellent summer read!