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METRO CURATES

James Andrew at Metro Curates

James Andrew at Metro Curates

As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.

300 year old pancho Metro Curates

300 year old pancho Metro Curates

Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!

Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates

Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates

Folk art bust, Metro Curates

Folk art bust, Metro Curates

I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

James Andrew, Winter 2015

James Andrew, Winter 2015

The polar vortex has once again decended upon us here in the city, and I’m pretty grateful that I’ve spent the time to make my home a nice refuge — the place is appointed only with things that uplift: fine china, crystal, linens, (and my friend Alex Hitz’s My Beverly Hills Kitchen cookbook and House Beautiful column for cuisine ideas)! I have down pillows and couches for me and my friends to lounge on, massive well-stocked book shelves (and an equally well-stocked bar, of course) and all of the amenities to fare the worst of the season in elevated style. Every surface is tailored to provide visual and tactile comfort. It’s part of my full sensory approach, and as a professional designer it goes without saying that I’m always considering how best to provide that same level of livability for my clients, giving them a cozy, elevated retreat from whatever might be happening outside.

Braving the winter, I’m captured here next to the beautifully frozen fountain at Bryant Park. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat, Tom Ford charcoal tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, Tom Ford brown cotton corduroy pants, amber cashgora sweater and brown leather tasseled loafers, brown cashmere turtleneck from Uniqlo, Dark brown peccary gloves by Fort Belvedere, vintage wool challis paisley scarf, Gucci sunglasses, Gucci suede bag, and my fragrance is Creed’s Vintage Tabarome.

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VIA VESPA

James Andrew - vintage Vesp

James Andrew – vintage Vespa


While driving a golf cart through Lyford and West Palm Beach is pretty fun, I recently took a spin on one of my client’s gorgeous vintage Vespas, and I’m hooked! I often work with clients to scout out perfect properties around the world, and I pride myself with having a comprehensive sense of what my clients prefer, what their needs are, and whether a property has potential to fill those needs — generally this saves a great deal of time and effort for all involved!

A couple of clients who are currently living in “Welly World” (an insider’s term for the Palm Beach Polo Club and the general surrounds 20 minutes west of Palm Beach) are looking to switch homes, so I spent a bit of time recently sifting through possibilities. Most of Palm Beach Polo was developed in the 70s and 80s and now many of these homes are in need of a facelift, but there really is a lot one can do with some judicious landscaping and a few well selected edits to transform many of these places into rather ravishing homes! Taking a spin around on a vintage Vespa was not only great fun but a highly effective way to get the lay of the land, so to speak, and I did happen to find a few places that look quite promising! We’ll see where this all leads. ;)

Dressed for my Vespa adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford Indigo and Ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal cotton pants, pale blue micro herringbone cotton shirt with French cuffs, ocean blue and white dot print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, woven blue leather Adriano Meneghetti belt, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Costa Azzura fragrance and a touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for that sun kissed glow.

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