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Be a Star

James Andrew

James Andrew

We are all intended to shine like the bright stars that we are!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

– Marianne Williamson

Some of us may have been taught not to draw attention to ourselves, and that it’s not polite to talk about ourselves — rather, it would be better to simply blend in. As an antidote to those awful little voices telling us to be “less than,” I thought to share Marianne Williamson’s inspiring words — I don’t know about you, but they elate my spirit and make me to want to be the very best version of myself that I can be! They make me want to think big and to indulge those outrageous dreams and fantasies I have. You might be feeling that way as well? Get busy then, and let your light shine — and perhaps inspire others to be their best selves as well…have a blast doing it!

Being fabulous in a perfectly elegant casual Summer ensemble, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era black linen denim jacket, kelly green cotton shirt, Tom Ford “Regency” pants in pink & green silk cotton madras check, black, white, and silver leather loafers by Gucci, vintage Rolex watch, antique moon stone cuff links, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square,Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses and my fragrance is is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.


James Andrew - architecture McKim, Mead & White

James Andrew - architecture McKim, Mead & White

If we cannot have connoisseurship in the young decorators, I would settle for a few history lessons. There is so little awareness of classical Greece, the neoclassical period, the eighteenth century, and the first half of the twentieth century. Without a foundation the house will crumble. What I am saying is not to be taken for nostalgia. Nothing is more exciting than the new. While you can build on the past, you can never really return to it.

– Albert Hadley

My esteemed friend and mentor, Hadley, always encouraged me to do historical research at the very outset of any design, but this approach certainly shouldn’t be limited to design and architecture, it can—and let’s just say should!—be applied to all creative endeavors: from design to fashion; film to photography. Of course, how one approaches the research can entail a vast variety of resources—from travel, books, magazines, lectures, movies, etc.—there is quite a limitless wellspring of inspiration and knowledge to be had!

Back in my showroom days, one of my other great teachers, Ralph Lauren, once told me “You need to learn the rules before you can break them.” With a good solid base of knowledge one can really proceed forward, confidently expressing perhaps a more unique, and personal point of view.

On a sublime Sunday afternoon, I’ve stopped to admire the work of McKim, Mead & White. I’m sporting a chartreuse suede safari jacket and chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle by Gucci, Tom Ford dusty rose check cotton shirt with French cuffs and woven pale olive suede espadrilles, vintage moon stone cuff links, Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and sunglasses by Gucci, my fragrance is Eua d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.


James Andrew at the Coqui Coqui Hotel - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at the Coqui Coqui Hotel - photo Scott McBee

Choice of hotel is an integral part of any trip, and as you’ve come to expect, I always seek out lodging that captures the essence of a place.

Enter Hotel Coqui Coqui.

A favored destination for yoga enthusiasts, hippies, expats, and international jet-setters alike, the Coqui captures exactly what Tulum is all about.

Sure, one could go to far more luxurious places, but we were drawn to the low key, laid back vibe of the place for our heliophilic getaway. In fact Hotel Coqui Coqui is exactly the boheme-lux sort of place one would hope to find.

Nicolas Malleville

Nicolas Malleville

Dreamed up by Nicolas Malleville (Argentinian botanist, model and landscape architect), the Coqui Coqui is the summation of his (and our own!) deepest childhood beach fantasies. A modern conflation of colonial and rustic Mayan, the place provides the perfect vantage to enjoy the most glorious beach and turquoise sea. Staffed by family members and their friends, the Coqui feels like a private home with that personal touch and attention to detail one doesn’t find often. This little hotel is also just steps away from some of the best restaurants in Tulum, making it an effortless thing to enjoy your super chic “hippie” holiday. A couple of days spent here, listening to the sea breeze, and you can kiss all of your frenetic city cares goodbye.

Perhaps a bit over-dressed for Tulum, but for effect, I’m pictured here in the gorgeous little courtyard of Hotel Coqui Coqui sporting a Tom Ford pale pink silk jacket and brown and ivory Glen plaid silk pocket square, Prada brown and white paisley cotton voile shirt, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and leather and woven fabric flip flops, Uniglo white jeans, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie, Paestum Rose.