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California Here We Come

Packed and ready to go.

Packed and ready to go.

Our adventure is finally upon us! In fact we’ll be jetting across this grand country to San Francisco just as this little post goes live.

We’ve put quite a lot of care and research into making this journey, and indeed it promises to be a rather ravishing road trip.

Many of our fabulous friends and fans have already reached out and we are quite excited to connect with all of them along the way.

Quickly to warn you that our posts will be sporadic at best, but rest assured that we’ll be sharing a bit of what we are experiencing along the way – with a complete recap upon our return.

During my travels, I’ve learned a thing or two about packing and I’ve actually managed to fit a terrific traveling wardrobe into these two small cases: a T. Anthony classic garment bag and my Louis Vuitton duffle. I think they complement each other quite nicely!

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Brian Gorman – Hotelier

James Andrew and Brian Gorman - photo Scott McBee

On our recent trip to Miami, my dear friend, the super chic hotelier Brian Gorman, and I co-hosted a fabulous cocktail fete at his ultra glam Lords South Beach Cha Cha Rooster Bar. I had the great pleasure to connect with old friends as well as some fabulous local WIJW fans over drinks—do try the Cha Cha’s mojitos when you go, they’re simply superb! While there we took the opportunity to chat with the brilliant Gorman about his latest venture, Lords South Beach Hotel.

WIJW: What do you mean when you say Lords is “an appropriately orientated hotel?
BG: The hotel is a place for all to feel comfortable, relax and have a good time. It means you don’t have to be something for us; we will be something for you.

WIJW: What were some of your core design concepts when creating Lords?
BG: We wanted the hotel to encourage people to have fun and for this to be communicated in the spirit of the design. The décor is deliberately playful with bold colors, cabana stripes, and quirky details throughout – such as our lobby polar bear and the vintage photos in our restaurant of the old ladies of Miami Beach. We liked the idea of mixing-in these unexpected touches.

WIJW: I also liked what you said about bringing your own cool to a place – can you elaborate on that? You had likened the idea of a studio 54 kind of place where people felt free to be themselves- gay – straight – etc.
BG: Being different, being happy, being comfortable – this is cool. It’s the people that make a place cool and we like to celebrate their differences. That said, we do seem to have an unusually high demographic of handsome people hanging out by the pool and eating in the restaurant! (Laughs).

WIJW: What are some of your aspirations and fantasies as a hotelier?
BG: To continue creating environments where people enjoy spending time and feel part of a community. We believe the Lords brand could work in many cities throughout the country and we are actively exploring these opportunities.

WIJW: I’m sure it would please our WIJW audience if you’de tell us a bit about what you are wearing.
BG: Jeans, always Prada. Jacket and tie, YSL. Shirt, Charvet. Shoes Louis Vuitton.

Glitter Stairway at Lords South Beach Hotel.

A kiss with the super chic Brian Gorman (top), I’m sporting a “Spencer” sports jacket in rose silk linen basket weave and a white cotton shirt with french cuffs by Tom Ford, Seaman Schepps coral and shell cuff links, shocking pink jeans by Dior, silk floral print pocket square and ivory suede loafers both by Tom Ford, python belt with silver buckle by Gucci and my fragrance is fragrance is Creed Erolfa.

Evergreen Antiques


I’ve been admiring this exceptionally handsome secretaire – it’s furniture like this that brings me to Evergreen Antiques again and again. I’m drawn to Scandinavian and Northern European design for its confluence of sublime proportion, understated elegance, and utility. The superlative work pictured here is the perfect example – Incredibly versatile, this fall-front piece, with its rich mahogany finish and brass fittings simply exudes luxury and will go equally well in an upscale traditional interior as well as in an opulent contemporary setting.

Determining where I might best use this lovely piece I’m wearing a beige silk, wool and cotton jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford lavender end on end cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Tom Ford magenta and white silk pocket square, Dior shocking pink jean cut pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, Gucci saddle leather tassled loafers, Louis Vuitton document folder and sunglasses by Tom Ford.