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NORTH FORK THE UN-HAMPTONS

James Andrew in North Fork

James Andrew in North Fork

A few years ago the New York Times did a piece on the Long Island’s North Fork, nicknaming it the “un-Hampton” — needless to say when dear friends from Palm Beach told me they were renting a house there and expected me to be a regular guest, we were on our way on the first Jitney! Everything about North Fork is what the Hamptons were like twenty-five years ago — seaside /country living — so charming and unpretentious, North Fork was exactly what we needed for a genuine weekend escape from the city.

North Fork

North Fork

We had a couple of long and luxurious days lounging on one of the little beaches, strolling through the towns, eating lovely luncheons and divine dinners (all served al fresco, of course). The whole experience was just heavenly!

North Fork interior

North Fork interior

I’m photographed by Scott McBee (top) in front of the Webb House – a marvelous mansion that apparently provided legendary architect David Adler with inspiration for the doors he designed for the William McCormick Blairs Lake Bluff home.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, a Moth of Sydney – Paddington Moth shirt in a tangerine Italian cotton jersey with navy trim, Ralph Lauren floral shorts and orange suede espadrilles, Battisitoni navy and white dot print silk pocket square, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, my fragrance Creed Acqua Originale Cedre Blanc and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel providing a sun kissed glow.

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ROARK MODERN A VENUE TO INSPIRE

James at Roark Modern - Photo:  Boris Glamocanin

James at Roark Modern – Photo: Boris Glamocanin

With the look and feel of a glamorous uber chic Tribeca loft, Roark Modern is certainly one of my favorite destinations for antique furniture. This indispensable resource is the brainchild of Lisa Bowles who began her career as an interior designer. She’s always sought out-of-the-way places — the back streets of Paris, remote villages in Southern France, Spain, Italy, etc. — to bring her clients the most unusual and rarely seen furniture and objects. Fortunately for all of us, Bowles brings this same approach to her ravishing showroom, sharing a masterful mix of styles and periods selected with natural flair and a deep knowledge of all things antique.

Roark Modern

Roark Modern

Here the super stylish Bowles is constantly arranging and re-arranging, creating what she likes to call moments — vignettes and interesting juxtapositions of periods and styles inviting one to look at things with fresh eyes. Of course these ravishing vignettes never last very long because the pieces are always quickly snapped up by some of the most influential designers and taste makers around! That being said, do make a point to visit Roark Modern often – there will always be something new to delight and inspire!

Roark Modern

Roark Modern

Photographed at Roark Modern (top) by photographer Boris Glamocanin, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Wetherby” suit in ocean blue wool silk linen melange, royal and white cotton silk polka dot print french cuff shirt, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet navy and royal retro print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Pierre Hardy cobalt suede demi boots, my fragrance is Tom Ford Madorino Di Amalfi and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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CONSERVATORY GARDEN

James Andrew Conservatory Garden

James Andrew Conservatory Garden

After a great deal of restless anticipation, many of the spring wonders at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden can now be enjoyed! For those who don’t know, the 1937 Gilmore D. Clark designed garden is really a grouping of three gardens in one; an Italian style garden flanked by a French garden and an English garden. It’s a bit like ordering every dessert on the menu! Combined, they more than make up for the fact that they are the only formal gardens in Central Park — and are singularity marked and celebrated as such by the most monumentally magnificent gates, a grand passage that once served as the Vanderbilt mansion’s own entrance.

The Conservatory Garden

The Conservatory Garden

Magnolia and lilac are now once again blooming in the English garden; allées of crab apple tree are beginning to burst with magical blossoms scenting the air with subtle fragrance in the Italian garden; and masses of tulips and lilac trees fill the French garden with a marvelous riot of color. I just can’t get enough! Over the next few weeks I’ll be certain to be making many pilgrimages to the Conservatory Garden for some lifting of the spirit and psyche. One can check the bloom schedule here, but if I were you, I wouldn’t really wait! Just drop everything and dash to Conservatory Garden now! It’s a not to be missed pleasure to behold.

Basking in the beauty of this magical Conservatory, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Spencer” jacket in pink silk and a dusty rose mini check cotton shirt, antique moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, Ralph Lauren pink paisley cotton voile pocket square, vintage Gucci python belt, Uniqlo dusty pink cotton pant, and Lanvin beige suede sneakers. My fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose. Tom Ford Bronzing Gel adds a healthy glow.

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