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INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew North Fork

James Andrew North Fork

As you may have gathered by now, we’re in love with the North Fork –– its quaint charm and refreshing un-Hampton vibe is the perfect escape from summer in the city. Needless to say during our last month’s weekend there, we promptly reserved Independence Day weekend for a lovely return visit.

NRP Sagres III

NRP Sagres III

Besides getting to spend quality time with some exquisite and gracious friends, we took part in quite a few enjoyable activities, including the local “Heritage Day” festivities along with a viewing of some grand tall ships in Greenport.

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

A visit to the Oyster Ponds Historical Society was also a delight — an exhibition there of 1940s seascape/marine oil paintings depicting scenes based in Orient and East Marion by the artist Elliot A. Brooks (1888– 1949) was an added treat. There’s a wonderfully life-affirming wholesomeness about these painterly oils that left us all feeling recharged and appreciating the long seafaring heritage of the area.

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

I’m not sure the locals fully appreciated my sartorial splendor — in fact I was bellowed at, one fellow indicating that I was over-dressed (we were on our way to our photo shoot), my response was simply to quote Oscar Wilde, “one can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Dressed for an Independence Day Weekend dinner party I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a mini floral Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage red, white and royal silk pocket square, Adriano Menneghetti navy and red belt, Tom Ford white cotton pants, Hadleigh’s royal and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers, Jo Malone 154 Cologne and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.

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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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