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WIJW is off to Paris!

Accelerotica, 2001, 75cm x 150cm lightjet print by A. C. Scott.

WIJW is off to Paris! – Sadly not supersonically (a la A. C. Scott’s crazy beautiful Concorde image above) – we would if we could, but we’re going as fast as we can go. We’ll be back this coming week, and we’re planning to bring you some fantastic posts on and from Versailles, The Hôtel de Crillon, Les Deux Magots, Maxims de Paris and as much of this most splendid city as we possibly can. Can’t wait!

À bientôt….

April Flowers

James Andrew at the Union Square Farmers Market.

A quick snap taken at our local farmers market in Union Square and as you can see, I couldn’t help but bring home buckets full of blossoms to fill my home! I think it might also be fairly evident that I absolutely adore the intoxicating fragrance and uplifting tones of lilacs (though I do feature lily of the valley quite often as well). Having a respectable vase or two going year round at home replete with the season’s best offerings is a simple yet indispensable luxury that is sure to brighten the senses, and elevate the spirit – and as you know by now, we’re all about that here at WIJW!

I’m wearing a pieced cognac suede jacket, lavender micro corduroy pants, brown suede and leather satchel and python loafers all by Gucci, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, brown end on end cotton shirt with french cuffs and contrast white collar by Tom Ford, vintage moon stone cufflinks from Ralph Lauren and Sunglasses by Lanvin – my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat (mixed with more than a hint of lilac in this case)!

Albert’s Bench

James Andrew and Albert's Bench.

One simply cannot resist being drawn to a moment’s respite on Tucker Robbins’ creation, Albert’s Bench. Commissioned by my oft mentioned design mentor Albert Hadley himself in 1986, this bench is based on a design Robbins found at a coffee plantation in Guatemala – apparently it took a bit of coaxing to get the plantation owners to allow Robbins to reproduce it! Quite classical with its prominent ionic arms, decorative skirt, clean turned legs, and perfect proportions, it adds a wonderfully elegant and lyrical touch to any refined interior. Finished in chalky white, I’ve found absolutely THE most beautiful place for it with my clients in Montauk.

Bringing traditionally “outdoor” elements indoors was a Billy Baldwin signature, and it is interesting to note that Hadley, being particularly fond of this bench, once used it in a Billy Baldwin inspired vignette.

On a rather chilly Spring day in Montauk, I’m sporting a white cotton corduroy jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford Polo shirt in royal blue cotton toweling, pale blue cotton jean cut pant by Uniglo, Turnbull and Asser pale blue, white and royal blue silk pocket square, navy suede Gucci loafers, KVA sunglasses by Oliver Peoples and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.