James Andrew — North Fork
North Fork provided our own Scott McBee and I with some truly lovely languid days — reading, lounging and generally being grateful for the change of pace. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends while getting aquatinted with this beautiful place.
A few minutes walk is the village of Orient where we had a bite at the charming little Orient Country Store — for the most scrumptious desserts one only has to head to the Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop. If you are in the mood, a little shopping at the Old Orchard Farm Store will find you a sensational assortment of reasonably priced things.
A little tour on our hosts’ boat gave us an entirely different perspective of North Fork and its sublime seaside setting — needless to say, we’ve already sorted out a plan for the 4th of July holiday weekend there.
Seaside at North Fork
I am photographed (top) taking a moment before cocktail hour — I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, pale blue cotton mini herringbone weave shirt and a royal dot print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, an Adriano Meneghetti braided cotton belt (detail below).
Adrianno Meneghetti braided belt
I’m also wearing Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Creed Cedre Blanc fragrance and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.
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James Andrew at Metro Curates
As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.
300 year old pancho Metro Curates
Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!
Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates
Folk art bust, Metro Curates
I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.
James Andrew – Katherine Hepburn Garden
I totally have a thing for treillage – I just cannot get enough of it! Emerging in the 12th century as a mostly utilitarian latticework for gardners to support climbing vines, it wasn’t until the 17th century when Louis XIV hired Le Notre to design the gardens at Versailles that the art of treillage really reached outrageous heights. For a good read on the subject see here.
Katherine Hepburn Garden
Whether I’m designing an interior treillage (in the round or as a classic print) to give the feeling of a garden pavilion, or I’m in the garden creating fantasies and follies, I am of course beyond elated whenever I can employ treillage. In fact, I currently have clients with a fabulous outdoor space that has sadly been a bit neglected, and I’ve been looking to design an element for them that can be enjoyed from both interior and exterior perspectives. The environment is a bit modern, so the design has to be somewhat minimal – a transitional work that can bridge both classic and modern aesthetics. While pondering this, a serendipitous walk home through the Katherine Hepburn Garden (located in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza) has provided me with just the inspiration I need. It’s a marvelous stretch that pays homage to Hepburn for her work with the Turtle Bay Association (which she had been active in since 50s), and it is replete with a fabulous series of follies and a splendid demilune colonnade. I think it has just the right balance of old and new for my client’s aesthetic!
Taking time to study this tremendous use of treillage, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket, Michael Kors off white cotton knit top with crocheted placket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply black paisley print linen canvas shorts, KJP woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square and “Marco” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, Louboutin black leather sandal espadrilles, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is a mix of Tom Ford Wood Oud and Oud Fleur.
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