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ASCOTS AND SCARVES

James Andrew

James Andrew

As a child I was quite fascinated with the super sophistication and elegance of screen stars like Cary Grant and Fred Astair; they always looked sharp, whether they were in a scuffle or perhaps bounding about in a full-on musical number. On television too, I had favorites like dear old dapper James Backus as Thurston Howell III and more recently I do love Gossip Girl’s rakish Chuck Bass. It seems they all had a penchant for wearing lovely (and sometimes louche) ascots and scarves, which to my mind really are the most useful of accessories — they add that perfect bit of panache even to the most casual outfit and offer a rich yet relaxed alternative to ties and bow ties in a more formal ensemble. They can take the chill out of a slightly nippy spring day and, in my particular case, can help to harmonize the brashest of color combinations — You’ll have noticed I’ve been doing variations on the theme for some time! Witness some of these images from posts past:

A Tom Ford pink cotton voile scarf

A Tom Ford pink cotton voile scarf

Big Sur and The Hacienda -- a Ralph lauren woven cotton serape scarf

Big Sur and The Hacienda — a Ralph lauren woven cotton serape scarf

At Casa del Herrero -- a Le Noeud Papillon orange and navy dot silk ascot

At Casa del Herrero — a Le Noeud Papillon orange and navy dot silk ascot

En route to the TriBeCa Ball wearing a Le Noeud Papillon ascot

En route to the TriBeCa Ball wearing a Le Noeud Papillon ascot

Today’s primary image (top), taken by the multi talented Scott McBee, captures me sporting a simple Indian block print silk scarf with a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, lavender silk mini herringbone pant and orange, purple and lavender floral print silk pocket square, a custom Turnbull and Asser shirt in purple cotton with contrast white collar and cuffs, vintage moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, Etro orange suede tasseled loafers, Gucci python belt and sunglasses, Tom Ford – Lavender Palm fragrance, and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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EVOLUTION OF A BLOG

James Andrew.

James Andrew.

It all pretty much started with snapshots and a few words about what I was wearing. As things evolved I got to work with some rather talented photographers, and before we knew it, WIJW was garnering some interest from the global mainstream media. We had to start upping our game! As things progressed I certainly learned a lot about setting up interesting scenarios and I began to enjoy the platform as a way to share a wide range of inspirational stories and unusual experiences.

My own sartorial splendor has evolved a bit as well, and with age I think my emphasis has moved more to the classics with an Anglo/American inspired aesthetic that has touches of Italian flair – which probably has a lot to do with why I like clothing by Tom Ford so much! The pieces that I collect from Ford are often on par with the bespoke items I’d have a tailor create for me — of course I continue to have beautiful custom shirts made for me along with other items to add to my quiver, and happily these all pair quite nicely with the Ford articles I own. I can say that over the years I think I’ve become more secure with myself. I no longer feel the need to adhere religiously to particular labels. Truth be told, I’m simply more interested in what works and what will endure. Now of course I celebrate fashion and particular designers but I’m not wedded exclusively to one or to any particular current trend. Needless to say I can look back at some of the pieces that I’ve purchased that are, let’s say, of a certain moment and it is not surprising to me that I have given most of those particular items away!

James Andrew 2008

James Andrew 2008

A dear Palm Beach friend of mine has been having his clothing made on Savile Row for years. Many pieces were made in the late 1960’s but remain in pristine condition, and still fit my friend perfectly (which I suppose says as much about my friend’s ability to stay in shape as it does about his superb taste in clothes!). I too have learned to approach purchasing my wardrobe as more of a long term investment—one that will give me pleasure for many years to come!

Re-visiting the same Alexander Calder sidewalk on Madison Avenue that we blogged about some years ago, today (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty rose suede safari jacket, camel silk turtleneck sweater and tan leather tasseled loafers, Uniqlo white jeans, Hildestahl saddle leather tote, Tom Ford ” Dimitry” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne from Jo Malone and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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THIS MOMENT IS PERFECT

James Andrew

James Andrew

When all of the inherent baggage of the past drags one down, and fearful projections of future calamity find one utterly paralyzed, it’s time to get present — something as simple as taking time to observe one’s breath or just being aware of, say, the sunlight (if there happens to be any!) can bring some much needed grounding. It’s an age old technique and has been re-espoused and championed by nearly every modern master of the mind (Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Shunryu Suzuk, Jiddu Krishnamurti; the list goes on and on). Now is where everything that we know and experience is and always will be! If everything is a mess, well then, that is how it is. Whether one likes or dislikes that experience doesn’t actually have much to do with things — that mess has a perfection about it — a perfect mess! We only begin to have problems when we start to see things one way or another — when we start to fuss — and then we waste a LOT of energy running away from (or looking for, as the case may be) what we perceive to be a huge threat or an irresistible object of desire.

Of course one does need to try to create a better environment and reality for oneself and others, but taking it easy and being still is an absolute prerequisite to any effort. From there, we can scoop up some of the tremendous energy that is all around us right now, and if we want, fashion it with clarity into a better situation.

In this effort, it is really important to recognize how we perceive struggle; I find great comfort in the fine words of Neale Donald Walsch:

“It is okay to be at a place of struggle. Struggle is just another word for growth. Even the most evolved beings find themselves in a place of struggle now and then. In fact, struggle is a sure sign to them that they are expanding; it is their indication of real and important progress. The only one who doesn’t struggle is the one who doesn’t grow. So if you are struggling right now, see it as a terrific sign — and celebrate your struggle.”

As you know, I’m quite an experienced daydreamer (and it got me into no small bit of trouble as a youngster in school!), but even now, I quite often need to remind myself to use daydreaming in a more powerful way, and to be aware of the stories I’m telling myself. Those imaginings, whatever they may be, become reality! Try creating a truly palpable and beautiful daydream (that is, make believe as if it were already manifest) on a regular basis — I myself make this a daily routine — and watch your very best imaginings blossom in this wonderfully perfect moment!

Giving thanks for the sunlight (and the gorgeous strains of Carmen playing in the background), I’m thinking of the infinite potential of the here and now. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton velvet jacket, Tom Ford ink and ivory cotton plaid shirt, purple wool tie, purple glen plaid silk pocket square, glasses and black and tan leather loafers, Etro wool challis scarf in a Sonia Delaunay inspired print, Uniqlo slim jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford bronzing gel and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi’s, Garofano.

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