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Always Keep Your Eyes Open

Keeping my eyes open.

I’m of course captivated by the fabulous film “The September Issue.” VOGUE’s Grace Coddington stole my heart with her warmth, passion and deeply felt aesthetic. I’m particularly taken with the scene where she is on her way to Versailles (see the clip below ).

Coddington relays the rather sage advice given to her by the legendary photographer Norman Parkinson, who taught her to always keep her eyes open, …”never fall asleep in a car or anything like that, to keep watching, because whatever one might see out the window or wherever, might inspire you.”

In an age where most of us have our lives buried in our cell phones, we are quite possibly missing out on some marvelous moments! At the very least, being a bit more present and aware can bring some much needed respite from an overworked and scattered mind.

Taking the advice to keep my eyes open, I found myself strolling along the West Side Highway and happened upon this most magnificent little cobble stone alley set against a modernist stone wall and the most gorgeous row of trees—I stopped for a moment to enjoy the contrasting beauty of this wonderful little place. Perfection!

I am sporting a chartreuse suede safari jacket and python belt with silver buckle both Tom Ford era Gucci, Tom Ford brown cotton safari shirt, mushroom silk pant and brown suede tasseled loafers, pale olive silk scarf from Paul Smith, Lanvin sunglasses and my fragrance is Creed Bois du Portugal.


  1. lorenzo says:

    James in green, like a beautiful Peter Pan!

  2. Maria La Torre says:

    Me encanta como tes ves James luces como siempre hermoso!



  3. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James, you look great in green! I love your suede jacket!

    big hug,


  4. Brian J Cook says:

    Wonderful shot, James.!

  5. Dean says:

    A very charming shot, featuring a very charming young man, looking quite decorative in that amazing Paul Smith scarf!

  6. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Lieber James, ich war sehr lange weg und zwar in Afrika, hab oft an Dich gedacht, jetzt bin ich wieder in Deutschland und werde ab und zu schreiben!

    Liebste Grüsse,

    Deine Mara

  7. Martina says:

    Hola James me encanta tu blog, un gran saludo desde México!

  8. Lil´Lilly says:

    Hello my dear James, how have you been? I´ve been very busy, had a lot of work but I am always happy to read your blog!

    lots of love


  9. That was one of the most poetic moments in ‘The September Issue’. I am delighted that you chose to focus on it.

  10. James Andrew says:

    Hello Mr World Man About Town,

    I am so happy you enjoyed it!

    My favorite scene in the film.



  11. Lola Montes says:

    Hola querido James, a mi tambien me encanto Sempember Issue! Yo he. Estado muy ocupada en el ultimo tiempo pues me estoy mudando de casa, te mando un beso!


  12. Dean says:

    James, WIJW

    Thanks for sharing a tender moment

  13. Forest Green in Paris. Who’s that? Description of color yes, a man could be,yes. I don’t know,but that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw you. You are a character to me with many roles. This is the character I see today.Which I truly enjoy ,What James is Wearing.Camouflage with Decadent! The smooth sliding of the Drapery-meer scarf, Superb!

  14. Gavin Brown says:

    The September Issue is also a favorite of mine and Grace has many sage words. The clip in Paris and Versailles is recalling exactly what I’m seeing at the moment, although we have forsaken Versailles for Chantilly and Fontainebleau. Take a peek at my blog http://nic-nakcastle.blogspot.com/ and especially at the Arty Dandy post and link as I think it is a shop you will enjoy.


  15. Jen says:

    I love this outfit! Beautiful, beautiful green. And I love NP’s advice.

  16. James Andrew says:

    Hello Gavin,

    I have just taken a few minutes to look at your blog- love the ikat plates!

    I could not find the Arty Dandy post and I have to say I am quite intrigued.



  17. James Andrew says:


    Thank You – I was inspired by a hipstamatic coloration!

    NP’s advice is certainly life changing.



  18. Gavin Brown says:

    Sorry James,
    the post is Dandy Paris, follow this link
    Then link thru to Arty Dandy under the first picture.

    Yes the Ikat plates are fantastic. We left Istanbul with a swag of Ikat fabrics destined for home.


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