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James Andrew - East 60th Street.

I love creating something that clients never dreamed possible (or possibly never knew they wanted)! – The challenge is to produce a cohesive statement that reflects the tastes of the the clients – creating an environment that not only soothes and comforts but elates and inspires the spirit.

An indispensable part of being a successful designer is having exceptional resources – one such resource lies at East 60th Street here in New York City – there you will find a brilliant collection of some of the finest antiques and decorations – some of my favorites like David Duncan, Ann Morris Antiques, John Salibello Antiques and many more – Most of these suppliers are only available to the trade – so hire a decorator and create something extraordinary together! Almost every spectacular project has been the result of creative collaboration! You can play Louis XIV and I’ll be your Louis Le Vau – and I know where we’ll find an André Le Nôtre to help us with the garden – lets make your Versailles visions a reality!

I’m here on East 60th Street shopping for several clients wearing a Ralph Lauren silver ski parka, teal cashmere turtleneck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen herringbone wool tweed cargo style pant, Lanvin teal suede sneakers, Gucci black leather tote and glasses, Sermoneta purple leather gloves.

Creed New York City

James Andrew at Creed

James Andrew at Creed - photo Lars Stephan.

To celebrate its 250th year, Creed opened its only boutique in the U.S. at 794 Madison @ 67th St in New York City. Creed, has served royal houses and discerning seekers of rarefied osmogues since 1760 – The privately held company has remained in the Creed family for generations with Créateur Pafumeur, Oliver Creed, now applying his family’s centuries of experience towards the craft.

Windsor by Creed.

Windsor by Creed.

As part of the celebration, Creed is offering to the public for the first time, Windsor, which was expressly created for King Edward VIII of England in 1936. A green citrus scent with a mix of British Gin, Jamaican lime, Scottish Highland Pine, “Duke of Windsor” roses, Bahamian orange, Canadian cedar and a touch of Australian Eucalyptus, Creed likens Windsor to a tour of the empire Edward once ruled, (and this is not simply a figurative tour since all of the ingredients were grown within the bounds of the British Empire). Only 320 bottles and 70 facons will be available in the United States and WIJW has one of them! I would strongly suggest that you place your order for this most elegant of olfactory offerings with all due haste!

Another favorite of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor was Citrus Bigarrade which means “bitter citrus” in French, and is redolent of the many exotic destinations the Duke and Duchess favored, – from the Bahamas, to Palm Beach, to Southern Spain. I’ll be sure to be wearing this to the upcoming Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique show – more on that in a later post though.

For the modern day House of Windsor, Master Perfumer Olivier Creed created Royal Water as a “tribute to the next generation of The House of Windsor, Britain’s young royals.” A suitably understated yet regal fragrance, Royal Water has got to be one of my all time favorites!

Creed, Madison Avenue.

Creed, Madison Avenue.

Want to feel like a Windsor or perhaps just smell like one? Stop by Creed to satisfy your sniffer and take home a few of these fine bottled dreams for yourself.

I’m pictured at the uber luxurious Creed boutique on Madison Avenue stocking up on all my favorite fragrances, wearing my wedgewood blue cotton corduroy jacket and red feather weight micro ribbed cashmere turtleneck both by Gucci, vintage wool tartan Scottish scarf, herringbone wool tweed cargo style pants by Alexander McQueen, red leather gloves by Sermoneta, silver leather sneakers and glasses both by Dior.

Photo by Lars Stephan.

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”
– Beverley Nichols

WIJW to you!

James Andrew - NYC - photo by Lars Stephan.

James Andrew - NYC - photo by Lars Stephan.

I was recently approached by Dolce & Gabbana’s blog, Swide, to be featured on their wonderful site – I’m thrilled, as you might imagine, and I’ll let you know when to look for it!

The people at D&G as well as many of you do seem curious about our process here at WIJW so I thought to introduce/re-introduce some of the players and give a quick glimpse behind the scenes.

WIJW in process - Turner photgraphs Stephan photographing me!

WIJW in process - Turner photgraphs Stephan photographing me!

While much of the original idea for a piece can be quite spontaneous, the bulk of what happens here comes from some fairly methodical planning on my part, which is done a good two to three weeks in advance. There are quite a few elements that need to be sorted out – from scouting a location; to formulating an original idea; finding the most intriguing aspect of the story; to wardrobe planning and securing photographers; etc. etc. – All these logistical aspects can certainly have one’s head spinning, so I do rely quite a bit on a good support team comprised primarily of accomplished artists.

Alexander Scott

Alexander Scott

I teleconference with my “silent” creative partner and online image manager Alexander Scott in Boston virtually every night (sometimes quite late!) and he edits my written thoughts and raw images, fashioning them into what you see (and hopefully enjoy) the next morning. I’ve always loved his art and design work, as well as his way with words – so bringing him on board was a no-brainer. He also continually applies his discerning eye and technical know-how to create the site’s look with the WIJW aesthetic in mind.

james_pics_nyFor photography and illustration here in NYC I rely heavily on the efforts of three artists whose efforts are integral to WIJW – Scott McBee, Lars Stephan, and
Nicholas Turner.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the behind the scenes goings-ons at WIJW so I got Nicholas Turner to shoot Lars Stephan shooting me! The concept is a celebration of New York City, so on a rather gray and dreary day we headed over to Brooklyn to take advantage of some of the grand views. I’m sporting a black cotton wide wale corduroy jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser purple cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Tom Ford cashmere/silk large scale check tie in black, white and purple, Alexander McQueen herringbone wool tweed cargo style pant, silver leather sneakers by Dior and umbrella by Swaine Adeney Brigg.