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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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InSitu Works

Alexis Zambrano, Anna Cecilia Perez, and James Andrew at Insitu Works

Alexis Zambrano, Anna Cecilia Perez, and James Andrew at Insitu Works

I was thrilled recently to attend an evening pop up launch event for InSitu Works, the brain child of my exquisite friend, Alexis Zambrano and his childhood friend Anna Cecilia Perez (both originally from Monterrey, Mexico). For Zambrano, art has always been a great passion, but as things often go, it took a little while him to fully embrace that passion. Now he is not only creating his own art, but with Perez, curating the most fabulous works by other artists. Insitu Works is about empowering collectors while supporting emerging artists, providing a full-service experience for collectors to achieve their art collecting goals.

I had a chance to chat with Zambrano and Perez at their pop up launch event. “Our goal,” they conveyed, “is to find the perfect piece for your space, hence the name InSitu Works.” What is clear to me — and will be clear to you as well, when you visit their site — is they both have the most marvelous taste and it’s reflected in their art selection — and with a large stable of artists and a wide range of price points, there is something for everyone! As an interior designer, I’m always on the hunt for the best pictures to hang in my clients’ homes, and I’ll definitely be perusing the InSitu Works online site quite often. Do take a look!

I’m photographed above with the ever elegant Alexis Zambrano and the ravishing Anna Cecilia Perez. I’m sporting a Tom Ford linen, silk, cashmere glen plaid suit, pink mini check shirt, brown and pink floral silk tie and brown leather tasseled loafers, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square, a pink silk carnation boutonierre from Fort Belvedere and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud Fleur.

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