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James Andrew, Lyford - after Slim Aarons' Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

James Andrew, Lyford – after Slim Aarons’ Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

For an artist who most enjoyed “…photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” it’s no wonder that Slim Aarons found himself quite at home in Lyford. From its inception the Lyford Cay Club sought to attract the rich. the interesting, and the beautiful as members — and unlike many clubs in places like Palm Beach, Lyford welcomed all sorts without the dogmatic discrimination and antisemitism that pervaded so many social clubs of the day.

A long time Lyford member, Commander Edward Whitehead has to be the original mold for the “most interesting man in the world.” A former British Royal Navy officer and head of Schweppes USA, Commander Whitehead became the face of Schweppes, with the now classic ad campaign portraying the Englishman delivering highbrow discourse on the beverage’s “Schweppervescence.” He also wrote a treatise How to Live the Good Life: The Commander Tells You How based on words he delivered aboard the Cunard liner, QE2. My friends who knew him at Lyford tell me he was a delightful, dashing, and debonaire man. Needless to say he is a man after my own heart. I’m sure he would have had a blog if he were with us today!

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

For today’s post, I’m paying homage to Commander Whitehead and his brilliant portrait by Slim Aarons. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs and white cotton twill pants, Ralph Lauren silk and linen pink, ivory and pale blue stripe tie, pink silk pocket square by Charvet, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red and blue bi-color braided belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, navy suede Gucci loafers, Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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James Andrew at Frederick P Victoria

James Andrew at Frederick P Victoria

No doubt, many of you are familiar with the genius that is Fredrick P. Victoria. Since the 1930’s they have played a rather important role in defining what is chic in the interior design industry. I became an instant fan from the moment my mentor Albert Hadley took me to their ravishing gallery on East 55th Street many years ago. The selection of both vintage and bespoke possibilities there have always been quite endless.

I recently paid a visit to my exquisite friends Tony and Freddy Victoria there to see what beauties I might add to both my own and my clients’ collections. I’m always able to find something, as they have an almost overwhelming selection of objects, and in every style imaginable! Their atelier is now located in Long Island City, and a preview of their current floor model sale can be found of the fabulous Peak of Chic site or visit F.P. Victoria’s Floor Model Sale. Of course, one doesn’t really need an excuse to visit and peruse their incredible treasure trove – it is always worth a trip for the inspiration alone. All this being said, I urge you to take advantage of some of the remarkable bargains you’ll find at the wondrous Frederick P. Victoria, and prepare yourself to be delighted!

Spending a sublime afternoon with the Victorias, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, linen plaid shirt in turquoise and lavender and black leather tasseled loafers, Tom Ford lavender silk mini herringbone weave pants, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Charvet Paris turquoise silk pocket square and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

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James Andrew - Cape Cod

James Andrew – Cape Cod

Sadly, our Cape holiday’s end seemed to come all too quickly, but spending five delightful days with fabulous friends, sunshine, and incredible food, was just what was needed before heading back to mid-summer in the city.

For the most part, we had delicious home-cooked dinners with copious amounts of sensational summer sea food, all grilled to perfection, and paired with well-selected wines. However as you may know, I do love to sample local restaurants to get a full picture of a place, so eating out was part of our holiday agenda as well.

Our super chic friends suggested the most perfect place for our farewell dinner, the Rye Tavern (originally named the Wright Tavern). A “slice of Colonial America,” Chef Andrew Swain’s menu is a terrific take on “farm to table” cuisine, with only the freshest ingredients and some truly unique combinations of flavors. Totally sensational. We enjoyed pre-dinner martinis in the garden while waiting to dine al fresco on the tavern’s patio — all the more to enjoy every last bit of our vacation outside in such lovely surrounds.

Dressed for dinner, I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, pink and white glen plaid cotton shirt with French cuffs, vintage moon stone cuff links, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white jeans, KJP Briggs Capeside Docks woven white cotton belt, white woven leather flip flops from Schettino de Capri, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoressi, Iporbarea.

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