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AT SOTHEBY’S DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray

James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray


Recently I was thrilled to attend the press preview of the second annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse where the fifth floor exhibition space is transformed into a rather elegant home. Here, thirteen select designers bring their considerable talents to bear on individual spaces while highlighting the broad range of objects and collecting categories available at Sotheby’s. Needless to say, it is really fascinating to see how each designer approaches their space. The show has produced quite a few different points of view (and should appeal to a correspondingly wide variety of prospective clients)!

For me a highlight at the showhouse is a creation by my friend and fellow interior designer, Janine Carendi MacMurray of Area Interior Design — She had the savvy to select the chicest and most engaging space — an octagonal entrance gallery. “Area” amazingly transformed their space in only three days, installing paneling and incorporating additional millwork to create an architecturally classical room that brilliantly juxtaposes a mix of modernist and antique pieces to create something that seems very much in touch with how people want to live today. BRAVO!

Sotheby’s brilliant concept presents a different way of looking at collecting and has oriented their upcoming auction to both the “seasoned collector and to those new to the auction world” presenting a plethora of ideas on how one might live with their many marvelous finds.

The Sotheby’s Showhouse exhibition is open until April 2015 followed by the dedicated auction on the 20th of April 2015 – certainly a not to be missed event!

Janine Carendi MacMurray’s ravishing room provides the most perfect backdrop for today’s post. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and black wool check jacket and pale blue silk knit tie, bespoke Turnbull and Asser shirt in forest micro check cotton with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet dark green and white retro print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Paul Smith grey wool pant, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci midnight leather loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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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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SAVOR MORE MOMENTS

James Andrew, Central Park

James Andrew, Central Park

Over a lifetime, so many of one’s experiences get blurred by the blistering speed of time, and ultimately become forgotten. Where did all that time go? It really is absolutely imperative to savor more of those moments — and to get present in the now — to take time to feel and express gratitude for the life we have. Aside from the peace of mind and tranquility a change of attitude like this brings, it can also bring other benefits, creating powerful vibrations that help attract and manifest more of our most cherished dreams.

After a sublime stroll through Central Park with Scott McBee, we took a few moments to become present — to feel the warm sunshine, to gaze deeply into the clear blue expanse of the sky, to listen to the promise of the emerging spring, and to give thanks for the perfection of the moment!

I am sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty pale blue suede motorcycle jacket and wool checked pants in blue, forest green, and gray, Tom Ford pale blue cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Borrelli forest green cashmere tie, Seamen Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Pierre Hardy royal suede demi boots, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford “Marco” sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and my fragrance is Jo Malone Amber and Lavender Cologne.

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