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WIJW Triennial

James Andrew with a mural by Tristan Eaton - photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew with a mural by Tristan Eaton - photo by Gabriel Everett

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
Max Frisch

And we’ve been doing quite a lot of unfolding this past year—so much so in fact, that the advent of our triennial has caught us a bit by surprise!

It’s been truly an exceptional year, filled with media engagements, travel, meetings with new and old WIJW friends, fine dining, shopping, and bringing it all here online to share—and I must say, the sharing part continues to be hugely rewarding. Without an appreciative and engaged global audience, WIJW wouldn’t be much fun at all—so thank you, thank you, thank you, and stay dialed in for more WIJW in the coming twelve months! We’ll be doing our best to make it worth your while.

This next year of WIJW promises to be quite exciting with more than a few projects in the works!

• We’re sorting through our most interesting images for a glorious WIJW book with chapters like Sartorial Splendor, Stylish Travel, and
Lofty Dreams to name a few.

• I’ve been asked to design a line of shirts, cuff links, and belts.

• We’re planing on mixing in more online video content to keep things dynamic—moving tours of some of our favorite haunts are part of those plans.

• We’ll be bringing you more fabulous Jet-set fantasy destinations, including travel to London, Paris, Monaco, Newport, Lyford Cay, the Bahamas, and Rio de Janeiro.

• We’ve also been asked to contribute our thoughts to The Rake—one of our absolute favorite gentleman’s magazines. Do have a look.

So just a few projects highlighted here to give you an idea of what’s in store.

Thanks to all those who make WIJW happen!

We’ll leave you with this photograph by Gabriel Everett. My friend Keith Adams scouted the rather fabulous location—a mural by the brilliant Brooklyn based street artist, Tristan Eaton—definitely apocalyptic, but we love shaking up the status quo.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen jacket with suede elbow patches and black and white silk mini hounds tooth pant, black and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar by Richard James London, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, red alligator belt with silver buckle by Ralph Lauren, Dior sunglasses, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square and black and saddle leather loafers, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Mellisime.

Juame Plensa, Echo @ Mad. Sq. Park

James Andrew with Jaume Plensa work in Madison Square Park

One of my favorite little parks here in New York City is Madison Square Park. Besides providing visitors with the most lovely escape, this “museum without walls” is now recognized worldwide for its public art. Here, four times a year, you can see new work by a diverse group of artists—from the emerging to the internationally recognized.

The latest work, Echo, comes to us from the Barcelona based artist Jaume Plensa—it’s a monumental 44 foot tall bust of a young woman. There are some startling proportional tweaks as you may have noticed, that have one wondering if one’s eyes have gone suddenly and completely astigmatic (we’re thinking El Greco). I had to blink a few times to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing.

Surprise gives way to something completely different here in Plensa’s work. Ultimately the effect is one of spiritual introspection—pristine and still amidst the hustle of city life, the work creates a sympathetic state of mind—an echo?—that calls distracted onlookers to take pause, and as Pensa says, “…maybe they can listen a little bit to themselves.” We can confirm absolutely that the work delivers on its intent—it is a true, not-to-be-missed wonder!

For a bit of cosmopolitan bliss and perhaps some inner reflection, do make a visit to Madison Square Park.

On one of my many repeat visits to my favorite little park, I’m sporting a Gucci white, black and saddle leather jacket, python belt with silver double horse head buckle and saddle leather tasseled loafers, Tom Ford shirt in black and white cotton stripes and french cuffs, vintage moon stone cuff links, Dior shocking pink jean and sunglasses, “Valfrid” leather tote by Hildestahl and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

Clic Gallery

James Andrew at Clic Gallery. photo Matt Dean.

Both fine art gallery and bookshop, Clic is the brilliant concept of founder Christiane Celle. Her mission was, as she put it, to simply “…create a welcoming space devoted to the art of photography;” Clic is now frequented by some of the most illustrious art directors, fashion and interior designers, stylists, and other creatives types in search of inspiration. Stocked with an exceptional selection of photographic and design books, including a number of rare titles, limited editions and signed copies, the Clic gallery is the penultimate place to indulge one’s deepest bibliophilic tendencies. Here too you’ll find a rotating exhibit of important photographs by legendary artists and a tastefully curated selection of emerging artists’ work as well. Obviously, as an interior designer, I’m always on the hunt for fine art—with its wide inventory, Clic makes it easy to fulfill any project requirements, no matter what the budget. If Clic is not yet on your resource list, then it should be. Happily for us there are also Clic galleries in the Hamptons and St Barths!

James Andrew at Clic Gallery. photo Matt Dean.

Be sure not to miss the upcoming Clic book signing by photographer Mark Seliger on Febuary 17th.

Courting the creative muse at Clic I am wearing a bottle green leather bomber jacket and wool check pants both by Gucci, “blue jean” blue leather belt is by Hermes, Tom Ford black and white stripe cotton shirt with french cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, black and white silk polka dot scarf by Ralph Lauren, Pierre Hardy royal blue suede boots, sunglasses are Dior, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.