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CHARTREUSE AND INDIGO

James Andrew

James Andrew

I started WIJW with the idea that there was a fundamental connection between one’s personal sartorial splendour and one’s interior design aesthetic. Whether dressing oneself, or decorating a room, there are definitely many mutual considerations. In interior design, one begins by attending to the architecture — one gets it as good as it can be — and then the planning and furniture arrangements are sorted out. Here one begins to establish a palette and the kinds of fabrics that’ll be used. To contiue with our comparison, when one dresses, one thinks about the place, season, and the nature of one’s day or evening plans, etc.— it’s just so when planning a room — one thinks about the essence of place, it’s architecture, setting, intended use, etc, and from this, one creates a design that is suitable for a client. Really, I don’t see any real boundaries between various design diciplines. For me, there is always some crossover between fashion and the interiors I create. In fact, I often glean inspiration for a particular interior color palette from clothing fashions I see and wear.

My own ensemble today is a marvelous mix of chartreuse and indigo that I think would make for a super chic color combination in the creation of a ravishing room! I just adore chartreuse and find it works well with almost any color.

My Sunday afternoon ensemble consists of a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gant by Michael Bastian olive cotton safari shirt, Burberry Prorsum indigo ikat pants, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

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The de Ravenels at Lyford

James Andrew and the de Ravenels

James Andrew and the de Ravenels

E.P. Taylor, business tycoon and horse breeder, founded the Lyford Cay Club in the late 1950’s. The idea, was to offer a perfectly peaceful and private place of residence, on an idyllic and beautiful island ideally positioned halfway between the United States and the Caribbean. Taylor set out to attract the most interesting, successful, and sophisticated people that the world had to offer, and provide them with a stunning tropical backdrop to enjoy the good life.

In those early days, the Club attracted a remarkable set of accomplished individuals including the founder of CBS William Paley and his iconic wife Babe, Roy Larsen of Time Inc., the president of the Herald Tribune, Walter Thayer and his wife Jean, the land developer Sir Harold Christie and his wife lady Virginia, the CEO of Heinz Jack Heinz and his wife Drue, John Loeb of the banking family and his wife Peter, the shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, Lord Derby, etc, etc… The list goes on.

This wildly exclusive enclave was decorated in the early days by Lady Ann Orr-Lewis whose ultra chic sensibilities set a high standard for Lyford. Nowadays the club has turned to famous New York based decorator Tom Scheerer to maintain this very high standard, and he’s accompanied in this formidable task by a force of celebrated decorators and trend-setters like Amanda Lindroth and John Fondas who spare no efforts in fashioning house interiors to satisfy the desires of Lyford’s esteemed new members—many of them, the sons, daughters or grandchildren of the founding members.

Needless to say, it’s the residents at Lyford that make this Bahamian retreat so exceptional—my fabulous friends the de Ravenels, for instance, are a perfect example of the sort of effortless chic and elegance that so embody the spirit of the place. After many beautiful stays at Lyford, they fell in love with the people and the climate, and decided several years ago to make Lyford Cay their permanent residence. You’ll recall our WIJW piece on Jean-Charles de Ravenel’s exquisite artwork, and his hugely successful exhibition at the Chinese Porcelain Company. And the family talent continues in designer Jackie de Ravenel who epitomizes the sort of elegance and beauty that one has come to expect at Lyford. You’ll have seen the ravishing Rebecca de Ravenel’s interior design work featured in Vogue columnist Lauren Santa Domingo’s piece on vogue.com — here, Rebecca de Ravenel showcases her fantasy “Island Living” interior,” in which she’s brought the spirit of Lyford to her New York City apartment. In addition, she is founder of The Goombay Bazaar, a traveling pop-up shop that sells one-of-a-kind wares from all over the world. As a global nomad she brings back a truly diverse selection of special and exotic finds.

For more, keep your eyes peeled for the May issue of Departures—our friend Alex Hitz, in his column entitled “Places That Still Matter,” will be featuring the de Ravenels and their stunning Lyford home which was decorated by Jackie and Rebecca de Ravenel.

Taking a break between house tours, I’m pictured (above) luxuriating with the de Ravenels at their stunning seaside home—They, dressed in their perfect island attire, and I myself (way in the back there) am sporting Burberry Prorsum indigo cotton ikat pants, Tom Ford abstract floral print cotton shirt and eye glasses, Ralph Lauren cobalt suede espadrilles, Orlebar Brown rope belt, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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Palm Beach Boheme

James Andrew, Palm Beach

James Andrew, Palm Beach

from the Mediterranean and Moroccan inspired homes created by Mizner to the Lily Pulitzer frocked beauties strolling barefoot along Worth Avenue, Palm Beach has always had an element of the opulent boheme…. It is, after all, the tropics, and so why not infuse one’s home and wardrobe with a bit of bohemian exoticism! For the interiors I create for my clients, I always try to capture the essence of a place, and Palm Beach makes for the perfect combination of old world elegance and relaxed tropical beach resort – big, bold, and beautiful statements that compliment a number of different architectural styles are a key factor in creating a super chic Palm Beach style – think: rooms tented in batik fabrics, Moroccan furniture with mother of pearl inlay, and a ravishing riot of color.

Contrasting exotic and classical elements, I’m playing the part of the Palm Beach boheme. I’m wearing a crisp white linen jacket by Gucci and the quintessential navy suede Gucci loafers worn with a Rag and Bone, Indigo batik tunic and navy ikat pants by Burberry Prorsum, vintage Rolex, Royal blue silk polka dot pocket square by Tom Ford and my fragrance is Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia.