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THE LAST WEEK OF WINTER

James Andrew, NYC

James Andrew, NYC


Are you as baffled as I am that this is actually the last week of winter? Where did it all go? It sort of whisked by, barely noticed here on the East Coast with its unseasonably warm temperatures. I barely got to wear my new Tom Ford navy cashmere plaid overcoat! Oh well, time to move forward – and depending on how this week and the beginning of spring unfolds, perhaps opportunities will present themselves to wear a few more of my winter beauties.

As many of our WIJW fans must know by now, I’m all about what is appropriate to the weather versus antiquated rules regarding what should and should not be warn on such and such a date. Just because spring is pending does not mean that I have to break out the pastels — I mean, an unexpected snow storm might show up (and when you live around here, you know that is always a strong possibility)!

February/March is typically when I begin to think about my spring/summer wardrobe, and what I may want to add to enhance my sartorial splendor. This year, I’m leaning toward turquoise, pale blue, and lime green, and I’m already obsessing over a few exceptional pieces. Hopefully they will come my way! This is also a time when I’m in serious need of a tropical getaway! Palm Beach here we come! We’re heading down to catch up with clients and friends from March 16-21 and the Colony Palm Beach will provide for a lovely base of operations!

Celebrating the last days of winter, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere/wool tartan jacket, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo red down vest, Tom Ford charcoal wool flannel pants. Max Verre red leather tasseled loafers, Sermonetta red leather gloves, vintage Rolex, Charvet black silk pocket square, Tom Ford Marco sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MIX

James Andrew – photo by  Boris Glamocanin

James Andrew – photo by Boris Glamocanin


Whether I’m creating rooms for a client or working on my own sartorial splendor, it’s all in the mix!

For me, a traditional interior really comes alive with the addition of modern art and photography. This marvelous juxtaposition of classic and contemporary is so impossibly fresh and chic. Conversely, an architecturally modern apartment can really make an exceptional antique piece sing – highlighting and enhancing the effect of its sculptural qualities, and giving an otherwise chilly interior a bit of warmth and soul.

When putting together a clothing ensemble, I love combining sportier elements with tailored pieces – this is something very American I think, and adds a touch of edgy chic to things. The ensemble featured today is a perfect example of that idea – mixing a down vest with tweeds and corduroy (and in this particular case, it provides a much needed layer of practical warmth as well)!

I have a rather extensive collection of formal dinner jackets which I sadly do not wear enough. But occasionally I wear one of these jackets with a white shirt, white pants, scarf, and white loafers — creating a less formal ensemble for a dinner or cocktail party. In fact I’ve put together just this outfit for an upcoming Palm Beach trip so stay tuned! A variation might be a dinner jacket with a black turtleneck, black pants, leopard slippers, and voila, a super chic. fun, semi formal look!

My point is, don’t be afraid to mix things up and have fun. Be inspired by style icons who were brave enough to experiment without needing approval!

I was thrilled to work again with my endlessly talented friend, Boris Glamocanin – his images add a seductive edginess which we adore! I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, teal cotton corduroy pants, black and white window windowpane plaid shirt with French cuffs, teal and charcoal check cashmere wool tie, teal silk pocket square, brown leather tasseled loafers, Hawke & Co charcoal down vest, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, Tom Ford London fragrance, and a bit of my trusty Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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FAREWELL PORTUGAL SINTRA AND THE TIVOLI PALACIO DE SETEAIS

james Andrew at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

james Andrew at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

Our final installment from our journey Portugaise finds me still reeling from the beauty of it all. And as always, we are thrilled to hear such wonderful feedback! I sense we will be returning to Portugal in the very near future.

We simply did not want to leave Tivoli Palacio de Seteais (our home in Sintra) yet with so much left to see during our remaining day, McBee and I managed to tear ourselves away after a hearty breakfast.

There are two more not-to-be-missed palaces in Sintra: The Palacio Nacional de Sintra located and the Palacio da Pena.

The former is located in the heart of the old town, and was a residence of Portuguese royalty until 1910. Its marvelous mix of Moorish architectural styles, amazing azulejos, painted ceilings, and fabulous furnishings make the Palacio Nacional de Sintra a true delight to behold.

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

The latter, Palacio da Pena, was used as the royal summer residence up until 1910. Perched on the highest peaks of Sintra and realized in a dizzying conflation of architectural styles, it is one of the finest examples of Portuguese Romanticism, and as would be expected, it is replete with enchanted park grounds. A fog rolled in towards the end of our visit there, creating the most pictorially perfect ending to our visit. Just a five minute walk from there, we had a lovely Portuguese luncheon at Tacho Real, and later to celebrate our last night in Sintra, we dined at the divinely elegant Tivoli Palacio de Seteais.

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Gardens at Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Gardens at Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Taking time to bask in the beauty of our palatial room at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford wool/cashmere suit in an ivory, charcoal and claret check, black and white striped cotton shirt and black and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Charvet Paris black silk pocket square, red wool socks from Barney’s NY, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor. I’ve also applied a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide a healthy glow.

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