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James Andrew - Central Park, NYC

James Andrew – Central Park, NYC

I just adore Spring, especially after a long, hideous Winter here in the city. As much as I enjoy the four seasons, I think you’ll all agree that this year’s so-called polar vortex made things particularly unpleasant.

Spring has sprung, though, and with that a joyful sense of re-awakening and rebirth is in the air. Just as life begins anew, we too can begin afresh. The opportunity to grow and evolve is always there for us just as in nature…seed to bud to flower and back again.

Enlightenment is a process—we have to continue to grow and learn, despite the ruts and seemingly insurmountable setbacks—one must persevere! For me, a stroll through New York’s Central Park is a rather glorious way to re-group and celebrate all the possibilities we can create. It’s the perfect way to let go of the winter doldrums and forge ahead with big plans and dreams for a super-fab future!

Looking a bit like a Gucci clad leather-daddy, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty pale blue suede biker jacket, purple feather weight cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Dior sunglasses, vintage Rolex, YSL “Eton” aubergine suede boots, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud Fleur.

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A Palm Beach selfie.

A Palm Beach selfie.

The Palm Beach area is where I spent the bulk of my time on my recent Florida expedition. I have a wonderful collection of friends there and I am quite sentimental about it all. I think a lot of those feelings are based on my early visits in the 70′s. Palm Beach was a very different place in those day – it was a bit more the way Lyford feels today—a bastian of old-world manners, charm, and politesse—a place where people cared enough to get properly dressed for dinner and parties. It has changed quite a bit now, though there are indeed a select few who still bask in the chic that was once Palm Beach. Whatever the case may be, I do believe one needs to bring one’s own brand of chic WHEREVER one might go. Needless to say, when I go to Palm Beach I certainly dress for dinner or, say, a stroll down Worth Avenue.

I often wonder if I were to spend more of my life in Florida, where would it be? Despite all of the change, there is still so much I adore about Palm Beach, and the idea of splitting my time between New York and Florida is becoming more appealing! I guess we shall see how these thoughts unfold.

While pondering questions like these, I took this selfie on a friend’s Palm Beach terrace. I’m sporting a Tom Ford pale blue oxford shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford glasses and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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James Andrew - Scott McBee's new maisonnette

James Andrew – Scott McBee’s new maisonnette

It’s official! After a great deal of searching, we’ve found Scott McBee a marvelous maisonette to act as home, studio and personal gallery. I have to admit, it was great fun acting as his real estate adviser. His actual realtor was thrilled to be spared the time and effort since I was able to envision what was needed and quickly recognize a space that had the right potential – i.e., an undervalued jewel box, with great space and light. Maisonettes here in town are generally worth looking at — spaces that often feel more like a house than an apartment, and that can have higher than usual ceilings (McBee’s maisonette, for instance, has quite substantial twelve foot ceilings).

The space is in relatively good condition, but you can be sure we’ll be taking it to that James Andrew Interior Design level. For McBee’s space, I’m planning to incorporate many Parish-Hadley style details in a transitional interpretation of pre-war elegance. What a magnificent backdrop this will become to showcase McBee’s fine art.

We have been rather busy with the whole design process and look forward to sharing a few tidbits along the way, while reserving the finished project for our editor friends to publish.

Do stay tuned!

In any case, we’re off to Florida this weekend to see old clients (and meet a few new ones). We’ll be dashing between Palm Beach and Miami, but I’ll be sure and share a few Instagramable moments until we get back and can give you the full WIJW story.

For today’s shot, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Tom Ford slate cashmere flannel pants , Tom Ford era Gucci ” Belgian” style black suede slippers, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford “London.”

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