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THE FRICK SAVED

James Andrew, The Frick.

James Andrew, The Frick.

In a letter from the Frick’s director Ian Wardropper, we’ve receive the best news we could possibly hope for:

After months of public dialogue and thoughtful consideration and weighing the potential for a protracted appoval process against the Frick’s pressing needs, the Board of Trustees has decided to approach the expansion plan in a way that avoids building on the garden site.

In short, our beloved Russell Page garden at the Frick has been saved! Turns out our votes counted and our voices were heard — it shows that collectively we can indeed make a difference!

The Frick Garden by Kate Schelter

The Frick Garden by Kate Schelter

The Frick Garden by Jonathan Myles Lea

The Frick Garden by Jonathan Myles Lea

There are so many who should be thanked for their tireless efforts, ideas, support, and resources — Marina Rust, Kate Schelter, Kate Belin, Jonathan Myles-Lea, Madison Cox, Annette de la Renta, Giancarlo Giammetti, Peter Pennoyer, Robert A.M. Stern, fellow bloggers like Heather Clawson, etc. etc. Rachel Feinstein who was instrumental in mobilizing artists to create a group letter, the Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side, the expertise and leadership of the Cultural Landscape Foundation as well as the Garden Club of America, and of course everyone at Unite to Save the Frick — all of whose collective efforts have been critical in persuading the powers that be to preserve this glorious bit of hallowed ground.

The Frick Garden by Annika Connor

The Frick Garden by Annika Connor

Celebrating the saving of the Russell Page garden at the Frick, I’m decked out in my “flowers not towers” Tom Ford floral silk/cotton pants (a special thank you to Jeffrey Sternfeld for finding these beauties for me), lavender silk wook jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs and a royal dot print silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Hadliegh royal blue gingham tasseled slippers, Creed Pure White Cologne and a bit of a sun kissed glow via Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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Ciao Capri!

James Andrew in Capri - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew in Capri - photo Scott McBee

We’re back now, and ready to share some of our recent glorious getaway!

There are so many things about Capri that I find intoxicating: the pine, juniper and jasmine scented air, the dramatic landscape, the aquamarine sea, the amazing architecture, and of course, the cuisine. Ah, the cuisine! In a word, superb. A client of mine remarked not long ago that all the restaurants in Capri share the same kitchen, that is, it’s virtually impossible to have a bad meal here!

Upon arriving at the port, hotel staff is there to greet you and collect your luggage, then it’s a quick ride on the funiculore to La Piazzetta, and from here you can walk to just about anywhere. Countless super chic boutiques make Capri a shopper’s paradise and temptations do abound!

Most hotels offer stunning views of the sea and/or lush Mediterranean gardens, and I can tell you a bit of luxury pool-side and a lovely lunch is just the thing to rejuvenate the weary traveler. A pre-dinner stroll is always in order; my favorite walk is along Via Tragara, with it’s spectacular views and lush gardens. Then off to the Hotel Quisisana for drinks on their fabulous terrace and the best martinis in Capri (with equally brilliant people watching as well). Dinner at the famous La Capannina, which has attracted glamorous cliental since 1931, is always a must.

Dressed in suitable Capri-style dinner attire (though a tie is not generally required), I’m pictured here catching some of the last golden rays of the day in front of Villa Capricorna, which some may know was the lucus for some incredibly decadent Bob Hornstein parties in the 1960s. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, pale blue cotton herring bone weave shirt with French cuffs, royal and pale blue silk dot tie and blue and white silk pocket square, vintage pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, navy and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers by Hadleigh Bespoke, and my fragrance is Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino.

Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

James Andrew - Photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew - Photo by Gabriel Everett

I tend to dress up a bit more while in town, generally going for a more elegant look—jackets most days, and ties quite often.

However, if I do decide to wear something more casual, I still make an effort to put together a look that is interesting, cohesive and chic. There is some debate amongst those who care regarding the appropriateness of shorts for gentlemen in the city, but I feel that as long as shorts are done tastefully (and one is not attending an important meeting or event) they can work quite well–rules, after all, are there to be broken!

Of course I’ll offset those shorts with a blazer or jacket and some fabulous shoes as I did recently on a lovely afternoon in my favorite little oasis, Paley Park. Here I’m sporting a Gucci navy safari jacket, Rag and Bone V-Neck shirt in indigo paisley, navy and white micro check linen shorts by Lavo and blue and white gingham tasseled loafers by Hadleigh’s, rock crystal pendants from Las Dalias Hippie Market and my fragrance Iperborea by Lorenzo Villoressi.