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WIJW in Saint-Barth

James Andrew poolside at Hotel Christopher, Saint-Barth

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I was recently treated by my beloved Scott McBee to a stay on the super stylish island of Saint-Barth. Of course the weather was far more pleasant than New York City, and with its gorgeous beaches, pools, and lush surrounds, Saint-Barth provided a much needed getaway from the summer heat. We took accommodations at the newly renovated Hotel Christopher – the most perfectly peaceful base from which to explore the island. The hotel is what one would imagine a Caribbean AMAN resort would be, with a design that truly captures the essence of the local while allowing for a modernist sensibility.

In any case, just a quick glimpse today – We’ll be sharing more on Saint-Barth this week.

À bientôt!

St Barth is definitely one of the more sophisticated Caribbean islands, and accordingly I’ve gone for a casual chic vibe with an eye toward staying cool in these tropical climes. I’m pictured poolside at Hotel Christopher, wearing a Balenciaga black and white silk and cotton micro striped shirt with drawstring neck, Dior shocking pink jeans, Christian Louboutin black leather sandal/ espadrilles, Lanvin glasses, and my fragrance is Creed Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse.

Villa Cimbrone

James Andrew at Villa Cimbrone.

James Andrew at Villa Cimbrone.

If you have always wanted to play the eccentric English aristocrat, then you couldn’t do much better than to set your wildest of fantasies at the Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone was in fact the home of Lord Grimthorpe who built the villa in the 1910’s on a pre-existing property that dates back to the eleventh century. Gimthorpe devoted much of his life to creating his fantasy Villa as well as Cimbrone’s world class grounds which contain what are considered to be some of the most important English Romantic Mediterranean gardens, (perhaps only rivaled by Russel Page’s “La Mortella” on Ischia).

Villa Cimbrone.

Villa Cimbrone.

The interiors are very much in keeping with a turn of the century Englishman’s vision of the ultimate Italian Palazzo and, as such, are replete with frescoed ceilings and Neopolitan tiles.

Interior at Villa Cimbrone.

Interior at Villa Cimbrone.

Flowers at Villa Cimbrone.

Flowers at Villa Cimbrone.

Here in the tranquil pool area of the garden (top) I find myself quite overwhelmed by the surrounding beauty! I’m sporting a Tom Ford hot pink cotton polo shirt, Lova shorts are a linen cotton indigo mini hounds tooth, woven white cotton belt with bamboo d – ring, brown crocodile details and brown leather sandals both by Gucci, KVA sunglasses – not seen navy blue Balenciaga bikini.

Dreams to Reality

James Andrew at Ralph Lauren.

We here at WIJW make no excuse for being escapists – in fact we think a good dose of it is a must, if only for our health. And when we think Escapism with a capital “E,” our minds invariably take us to the South of France – and how about let’s set things seaside a la 1950’s when people were smart, beautiful, unbelievably wealthy, and every single ray of sun glancing off that azure ocean said “all is well, all is well.” Impossibly perfect you say? – Well I’ll tell you it sure beats most of the “realistic” scenarios constantly trying to crowd our heads!

Although it may appear that I’m standing here in a handsome Juan-les-Pins villa, I’m actually at the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Madison Avenue @ East 72nd Street here in New York City where it is always easy to elicit some of our favorite dreams. As I’ve mentioned, I did put in several years at Ralph Lauren, learning my craft while creating similar scenarios for them. This being said, it will come as no surprise that I would become particularly excited whenever a “South of France ” collection came along, and it always gave me the welcome opportunity to make my very best SOF design dreams a reality. Even now at James Andrew Interior Design I still draw on Ralph Lauren and collections like this one to help produce many of my own fine interiors!

Antibes from the South of France collection at Ralph Lauren.

La Plage, is the name of their latest “South of France” incarnation, and I have to say I am loving this collection – The Antibes rattan lounge chair (right) is absolute perfection and I cant wait to use it along with many other items from this collection in upcoming JAID interiors!

Transitioning from winter to spring, I’m sporting an azure cotton corduroy jacket and skinny khaki pant both by Gucci, Balenciaga chambray band collar shirt with contrast blue and white cotton stripe lined collar,placket and cuffs, Turnbull and Asser pale blue silk pocket square, Hermes “blue jeans” blue leather belt with silver buckle, Lanvin taupe suede and patent leather sneakers, Oliver Peoples KVA glasses and my fragrance is Creed Citrus Bigarrade which conjures up images of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor living in glamorous exile at their palatial villa in Cap D’Antibes – La Croe.