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Creed Spice and Wood

James Andrew at Creed - photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at Creed - photo by Gabriel Everett

It’s not uncommon to find this time of year a bit challenging. Thankfully Scott McBee and I have a week long getaway to the rustic chic Tulum, Mexico, coming up. Finding myself in need of a more immediate lift, however, I recently dropped by the Creed Boutique (794 Madison Avenue, tel. 877-273-3344) for a dose of olfactory antidepressant. As one might expect, my friends at Creed are an all-encompassing resource when it comes to matters of the nose, and (being familiar with said late winter malaise), thusly prescribed Creed’s Royal Exclusives, “Spice and Wood,” a bracing fragrance to help carry me through this last little bit of the season. Needless to say, whatever you are drawn to, you can be sure that Creed will find just the thing to elevate the senses and enrich the soul.


Creed Spice and Wood

At the exquisite Creed Boutique, I’m pictured wearing a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, black, gray and white mini check shirt with French cuffs and charcoal wool tie, Uniglo dark denim slim jeans, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with silver buckle, YSL camo and paisley print silk pocket square, black pearl cuff links and black suede “Belgian” style loafers by Gucci, Rolex oyster perpetual watch and my fragrance is Creed Spice and Wood.

Hunt Slonem

James Andrew at the Hunt Slonem studio

James Andrew at the Hunt Slonem studio

My friend Harrison Morgan recently arranged for a gathering with the legendary Hunt Slonem at the artist’s home, studio, gallery, garden, and yes, aviary. The space is 15,000 square feet of pure hypnagogia—and very much the extension of Slonem’s art as well as the perfect launching point for the artist’s further creative investigations.

It seems this is exactly the psychophysical space needed to incorporate and so gloriously resolve the great cacophony of exotic birds, bugs, rabbits, butterflies, monkeys, voodoo saints, and even depictions of our beloved Abraham Lincoln that inhabit Slonem’s vision.

Work by Hunt Slonem

Work by Hunt Slonem

As you might imagine, I’m now quite excited about the possibilities Slonem’s work presents for the interiors I’m creating. Do have a look at The Worlds of Hunt Slonem when you’re in the mood for a wondrous adventure!

I’m sporting a red leather biker jacket by Gucci, blue plaid cotton shirt by Tom Ford, Paul Smith pale gray light weight wool pant, Gucci patent and silver leather belt, Yves Saint Laurent “Windsor” loafers in black leather and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

The 2011 Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

James Andrew in an Aurelien Gallet interior. Photo by Lars Stephan

The announcement of the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House had us thoroughly excited, and so we quite promptly set off to the High Line Park area to have a personal look. Elle Decor’s select “Designers to Watch” here are paired with leading modern brands, and we’re happy to report that these young designers came up with some truly stunning interiors—quite forward looking, in fact, while maintaining an appreciative eye to the past. The contrasting aesthetic within is refreshing and, perhaps not surprisingly, well balanced—this is an Elle Decor production after all!

I’m pictured (top) in Aurelien Gallet’s super sexy and richly atmospheric interior.

In rather stark contrast, I’m also photographed in a wonderfully ethereal room by Marie Turner.


Detail from the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House.

Detail of a room by Sara Story whose travel to exotic lands inspires her work.

The EDMLCH is only open until June 5th, so do make a point to see it ASAP and be sure to work in a nice stroll along the new extension to the High Line Park!

Oh, and it should be noted that while you are enjoying your visit, your ticket sales go to benefit Housing Works whose dual mission is to end homelessness and AIDS – We here at WIJW have always found the combination of altruism and fine design totally irresistible!

I’m sporting a wild mix of patterns—Gucci white and black window pane plaid silk/cotton jacket, navy linen pin stripe pants, black patent belt and loafers in black, white, and silver leather, Tom Ford shirt in a midnight cotton dotted herringbone print, Yves Saint Laurent silk paisley and camouflage print pocket square, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime.