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August, 2018:


James Andrew – Tennis!

As a boy, tennis was one of the only sports that I actually enjoyed and had some success at, and my high school was pretty progressive offering it year round! Team sports never appealed to me much – with individual sports, how well or poorly you do is completely up to you, you only have yourself to answer to!

I continued to play here and there throughout my life, but less and less frequently as time went on. This past week I was in Bedford NY with a dear client who plays with a tennis pro. She insisted that I bat a few balls around. Somewhat reluctantly I agreed – it really had been some time since I’d picked up a racquet. Well it was an instant reconnect for me – and reminded me of the pleasure I’d taken in tennis. Thankfully a few years ago I scored a fab pair of Tom Ford tennis shorts (read: hot pants), so now being already well attired, I am happy to say I am back in the game! Tennis anyone?

I’m photographed wearing an old school 70s style tennis ensemble – Tom Ford ivory tennis shorts, Uniqlo cotton mesh shirt, Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes, Cartier Tank Divan, and a Head tennis racquet.


I’m dressed to celebrate our last evening at the Four Seasons Surf Club with a farewell dinner at Le Sirenuse Miami in a Tom Ford Ivory linen sateen suite, linen voile royal blue gingham shirt, royal and ivory silk dot print pocket square, blue silk brocade evening slippers, Cartier Tank Divan, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor

A few long, languid, and luxurious days are just what we needed, and the Four Seasons Surf Club provided us with the most sublime backdrop. We really had no desire to leave the property as everything one could possibly want was already there! Winston Churchill once proclaimed as a guest at the legendary Surf Club: “I just want a little sun, solitude, serenity, and something to eat and perhaps something to drink.” We are quite confident that the statesmen’s needs were more than met!

The Surf Club archive is not simply the story of The Surf Club; it’s a tale of America itself, a gorgeous parade of lost evenings that makes you ache with longing for a time when people dressed for dinner, smoked and drank heedlessly, and never ever broke their aesthetic stride in their pursuit of a good time.
– From Tom Austin’s Assouline book: The Surf Club

All this being said, I did want to get into the spirit of things when the Surf Club was a place where people would dress up, so every night I did indeed dress up for dinner and had great fun in my tropical fineries!

Dressed for a pre-dinner cocktail at the Le Sirenuse Miami Champagne Bar, then off to dinner in Coral Gables with legendary aesthete Juan P Luria. I am sporting a linen guayabera, by Debra Torres, Tom Ford floral pants, Ralph Lauren white leather driving shoes, Cartier Tank Divan watch, my fragrance Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi

We did have one irresistible invitation from the legendary aesthete Juan P. Luria that drew us away from our digs to dine in Coral Gables where Luria served us the most delicious food, accompanied by endless glasses of champagne and wine. All was served with elegant china, crystal, and silver. Of course the topic of discussion revolved around beauty in all its forms. It was a magical evening.

We returned to Le Sirenuse on our last night for a fabulous farewell Miami dinner. We just couldn’t get enough of the Sersale’s brilliance! It is certainly one of the chicest places in Florida if not all of the US.

We booked an early evening flight from Miami to return to New York which gave us almost a full day to soak up a few more moments of luxury. It was a most perfect summer holiday and we cannot wait to return!


Dressed for dinner on our first night at the Four Seasons Surf Club I am sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket, Tom Ford black and white cotton gingham shirt, royal cotton pants, black suede espadrilles and a black, blues and ivory silk pocket square, Cartier “Tank Divan” watch and my fragrance Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi

Last year on a mini-getaway to Miami, McBee and I were drawn to Antonio Sersale’s latest venture: Le Sirenuse Miami nestled in the exquisite Four Seasons Surf Club. It bears repeating that it was the highlight of our trip – a pristine preservation of the legendary Surf Club perfectly contrasted with the modernist vision of Richard Meier – doubly chic! And we do love Joseph Dirand interiors. So we vowed to make reservations there on our next visit to Miami.

This summer has been incredibly busy for McBee and I (a very good thing) yet we hadn’t been able to take a proper summer holiday, so as soon as I wrapped up one of the projects I was working on, we sorted out a very long weekend escape. It’s a brilliant time of year to go to Miami – off season rates, and a little more room to ourselves sounded like just the thing to counteract the oppressive heat of New York. Of course The Four Seasons Surf Club was at the top of our list!

“Since opening its doors in the 1930’s, the legendary Surf Club has echoed the illustrious history of Miami Beach. From its origins as a host to society’s elite, the members only club has welcomed Roosevelts and Rockefellers, Hollywood stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Tony Bennett, royalty such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, political figures including Winston Churchill who painted sea scapes from his Surf Club Cabana.”
– from Tom Austin’s book: The Surf Club.

Now in its new incarnation the Four Season Surf Club marvelously melds the spirit of the legendary Surf Club with the luxury and chic of today!

Our stay at the Four Seasons Surf Club went well beyond all our expectations – they just get everything right. The staff is delightful, and aesthetically the place is very well considered – every detail (and as you might have guessed I am rather difficult to please on this front!). It’s simply bliss the second one sets foot there.

Each morning we took breakfast at Le Sirenuse, followed by some lounging poolside. Then luncheon at the poolside cafe with mini lobster rolls, salad and a glass of rose. Then more lounging followed by cocktail hour served poolside. Suitably primed, we dressed for another round of drinks at the Champagne bar, and then off to dinner.

While lounging at the fabulous Four Seasons Surf Club my day ensembles were mostly shorts, swim shorts, and shirts. Here I am photographed after breakfast sporting a Lock & Co mens rollable panama hat, Ralph Lauren Purple label black cotton mesh short sleeve shirt, RL Denim and Supply black paisley shorts, Tom Ford Sergio sunglasses, black suede espadrilles, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor

On our first night I was craving Cuban food (getting back to my roots) and we were directed to the nearby Sazon restaurant for the best Cuban food in Miami. It’s a little local haunt and the dinner and cocktails were sublime: mojitos, vaca frita, lobster and shrimp with yellow rice, maduros and frijoles negros!

The second night we treated ourselves to cocktails and dinner at the Champagne Bar at Le Sirenuse – the barmen are magicians, concocting the most divine cocktails, and the cuisine at Le Sirenuse is sublime, bringing a bit of Positano to Miami! Incredible ingredients perfectly prepared.

While at the Four Seasons Surf Club, we dined at Le Sirenuse twice. Each time I felt like dressing up to celebrate the occasion! Here I’m wearing a Tom Ford linen silk floral dinner jacket, black linen pants, white cotton shirt, blue silk brocade evening slippers, black and ivory silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps black and white shell cuff links with turquoise beads, Cartier Tank Divan Watch and my fragrance is Creed Windsor

We’ll have a bit more of our time in Miami in a second installment here on WIJW shortly!