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James Andrew -- early autumn ensemble

James Andrew — early autumn ensemble

I’m not sure what happened. I was enjoying my extension of summer and suddenly it’s Autumn!

And so I’m reluctantly retiring my summer ensembles — as well as the rosé I’ve been drinking, I’ll have to shelve it for something more full bodied – something that can take the chill out of the air!

Transitional times of year can leave one in a sort of no man’s land when it comes to wardrobe choices. Of course, this rather drastic meteorological shift toward darker, cooler climes comes with some emotional changes as well, but sorting out one’s wardrobe can certainly help one feel a bit better about the whole thing!

I’m thinking it may be too early for tweed, but perhaps corduroy, camel hair, and cashmere might provide just the right level of insulation for now — we’ll graduate to heavier fabrics as the season progresses. Time to break out some of my warmer/richer toned fragrance favorites as well! Tom Ford London and Tuscan Leather; Creed Bois du Portugal and Vintage Taborome; Jo Malone Amber and Lavender; all seem right for this time of year. Needless to say, I’m scrambling to put together finishing touches and track down pieces where there are gaps – the right ties, shirts, shoes, gloves, scarves, etc., to flesh out and complete a fabulous fall look.

By the way, eBay has offered some rather spectacular finds and I can’t wait to sport some of these new pieces for you. I’ll be mixing it up a bit with my tried and tested staple pieces, giving all new life and interest.

A perfect early autumn ensemble starts with this sublime camel hair and cashmere jacket with suede accents by Tom Ford, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren purple cotton corduroy pants, vintage Gucci purple foulard silk scarf and python belt with silver double horse head buckle, vintage orange, purple, and lavender plaid silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Polo Ralph Lauren sneaker boots (an eBay steal), and my fragrance is Jo Malone Amber and Lavender.

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James Andrew

James Andrew

So often in life we are presented with problems – our initial reaction is to judge the situation as “bad.” We get caught up in the drama of it all and often end up in a downward spiral, adding fuel to that descent as we go. In the thick of it, it is rather challenging to take a moment to see that opportunities can come disguised as problems.

When I was in the employ of Ralph Lauren I was offered a situation working for both Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales — the mission was to create more authentic Ralph Lauren Boutiques within the Bloomingdales stores. Well, it didn’t turn out well, and it was a torturous year for me. The position was soon eliminated and I was left without a job. The only position available was to work as a salesperson at the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue. My ego was telling me that this was a real step down. To add to things, I had not done retail sales in years. Well, it turned out that the job was an absolute goldmine for interior design clients. New projects were constantly coming my way. One day I’d just totally burned out on the retail world, and I told myself that if I got one more client, I’d give notice. That very afternoon, I found a new client and thus began James Andrew Interior Design Inc., and a new chapter in my life.

Life is never perfect, there will always be issues. It really comes down to how we deal with them. The best advice I know is to focus on solutions and not “problems.” Take time to find the gift within — even if it is seems too difficult during the worst of things, trust that the opportunity will reveal itself soon enough!

James Andrew ensemble. detail

James Andrew ensemble. detail

To get a much needed dose of the countryside while remaining in NYC, I headed to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. In 1826, the bustle of the city didn’t extend beyond 14th Street, and the Mount Vernon was considered a fashionable country resort! I am sporting a Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, chartreuse linen cardigan, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren khaki pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford pale olive woven suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.



James Andrew -- the Polo Bar

James Andrew — the Polo Bar

I’m hearing a lot of chatter about Labor Day weekend marking the unofficial end of the summer season. I don’t get it. I for one am planning to extend summer right on through October! A jaunt to Palm Beach, Miami or Lyford may help with all of this and, fingers crossed, a nice trip to Portugal in October will complete our vacation trifecta. The fact is, we love off-season travel — fewer traveling throngs to compete with, and more beach front vistas (and rosé!) for us!

JamesAndrew Polo Bar ensemble.

James Andrew Polo Bar ensemble.

With all of our upcoming plans still in the works, we spent a lovely Labor Day weekend in town. I took my beloved Scott McBee to the uber chic Polo Bar. It’s a restaurant that feels more like a private club (and is one of Ralph Lauren’s favorites). Old School fabulousness all ’round, the place is absolute perfection. We can’t wait to return!

James Andrew -- Seagram fountain.

James Andrew — Seagram fountain.

For a special evening, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren madras jacket and needlepoint slippers, Tom Ford white cotton pants, a Charvet yellow and ivory retro print silk pocket square, a bespoke shirt in a mini floral, Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs by Savile Row tailor, Bruce Cameron Clark, a navy and red regimental striped belt by Adrianno Meneghetti, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is the newly launched Creed Mayfair, a fragrance originally called Windsor and created for the Duke of Windsor.