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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.

Charitable Carlton Hobbs

James Andrew at Carlton Hobbs - Photo by Christian Fuchs

Aside from being dealers in the most spectacular and historically significant antiques, we’d like to point out that Carlton Hobbs and Stefanie Rinza devote a great deal of their time, effort, and resources to animal rescue. Certainly when one considers how many innocent animals suffer, one could easily become overwhelmed, but Hobbs and Rinza have an antidote, and that’s action! We’ll be doing a follow up piece shortly with a focus on some effective ways one might help to ensure that animals are being treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. In the meantime, here’s to our beautiful furry and feathered friends.

I’m photographed by the tremendously talented Christian Fuchs at Carlton Hobbs. I’m sporting a bright blue cotton sateen jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford long sleeve polo shirt in royal blue cotton toweling, Uniglo white jeans, Charvet pocket square, Hadleighs navy gingham tasseled slippers, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram sunglasses by Gucci and my fragrance is Creed Erolfa.