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James Andrew -- early autumn ensemble

James Andrew — early autumn ensemble

I’m not sure what happened. I was enjoying my extension of summer and suddenly it’s Autumn!

And so I’m reluctantly retiring my summer ensembles — as well as the rosé I’ve been drinking, I’ll have to shelve it for something more full bodied – something that can take the chill out of the air!

Transitional times of year can leave one in a sort of no man’s land when it comes to wardrobe choices. Of course, this rather drastic meteorological shift toward darker, cooler climes comes with some emotional changes as well, but sorting out one’s wardrobe can certainly help one feel a bit better about the whole thing!

I’m thinking it may be too early for tweed, but perhaps corduroy, camel hair, and cashmere might provide just the right level of insulation for now — we’ll graduate to heavier fabrics as the season progresses. Time to break out some of my warmer/richer toned fragrance favorites as well! Tom Ford London and Tuscan Leather; Creed Bois du Portugal and Vintage Taborome; Jo Malone Amber and Lavender; all seem right for this time of year. Needless to say, I’m scrambling to put together finishing touches and track down pieces where there are gaps – the right ties, shirts, shoes, gloves, scarves, etc., to flesh out and complete a fabulous fall look.

By the way, eBay has offered some rather spectacular finds and I can’t wait to sport some of these new pieces for you. I’ll be mixing it up a bit with my tried and tested staple pieces, giving all new life and interest.

A perfect early autumn ensemble starts with this sublime camel hair and cashmere jacket with suede accents by Tom Ford, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren purple cotton corduroy pants, vintage Gucci purple foulard silk scarf and python belt with silver double horse head buckle, vintage orange, purple, and lavender plaid silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Polo Ralph Lauren sneaker boots (an eBay steal), and my fragrance is Jo Malone Amber and Lavender.

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  1. Karena says:

    James, you look great and the air is chilling here as well. I love the transition time and always hope that Autumn lasts as long as possible!!

    Did you see that I featured you and one of your designs on my post!?

    The Arts by Karena
    Parish-Hadley Tree of Life

  2. James I love this post and your every outfit is fabulous!

  3. James you look fabulous! It rained here yesterday!!

    (it was my doing rain-dances….no selfies!!)

    And now perhaps you can return ……things were so dry I was almost in tears!!

    The pond is lined….the ducks are fine….so all is right with the world!!!
    Can’t we have some rain from Charleston? Poor Carolyne Roehm!!!! Lordy!!!

  4. Dean Farris says:


    Another dynamite story on WIJW!
    You look beyond amazing !
    Happy October!


  5. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Ah, my Darling. It might be time, to put away the summer wine and break out the Bourbon (or in my case, Martinis!), ice clinking in heavy glass, and embrace the scent of leather, the feel of tweed, cashmere and wide wale corduroy , a crackling fire, and someone who has your heart (I know who that is ;)until Spring . But whatever it is is you wear, or wherever you are, to my mind, you are always the most elegant man in the room-actually you and the wonderful Mr. McBee. But not just for your wonderful fashion sense and eye for colour and scale (evident in your design work as well as his art). Your elegance comes from your gracious and kind manner, the way in which you treat each and every man, woman, child and dog you meet. It is such a dying art, that. Bravo to you both, as you bravely keep the torch burning. Now, let’s make those martinis…

  6. James Andrew says:

    my Dear Karena,

    Yes and Thank You!!!!

    This is an odd time – that transition is quite often so sudden we are caught off guard – I certainly enjoy the change and the diversity that these changes bring to our “Sartorial Splendour”



  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope Bianchi

    I have been visualizing rain for you all – I am soooo beyond thrilled to hear that you and the ducks are all safe and wet.

    Much Love


  8. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean

    You are so delicious!

    Thank You


  9. James Andrew says:

    Darling La Comtesse Lola,

    The sterling martini shaker awaits your arrival – onions or olives ?

    It is that odd time of year – not quit cold enough yet still a bit warm – and the what to wear conundrum can be a challenge

    Much Love


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