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B VIZ DESIGN

B Viz Design

B Viz Design

It is indeed time to get into the holiday spirit, and to help smooth the way, I’ll be sharing a few of my ideas and musings on holiday style!

B Viz Designs is famous for their pillows. It’s no surprise that founder Rebecca Vizard was an interior designer herself — she knows well what makes a spectacular piece! Realized in fragments of tapestry, needlework, antique textile, and even fabulous Fortuny fabrics, they’re simply gorgeous! Needless to say, B Viz Design really is THE go to resource for me when I’m looking for one-of-a-kind super chic pillows, but that’s not all they do, not by a long shot! One thing that I’m just wild about are the B Viz Design mini-stockings — made from antique textiles and trims, and other choice fabrics, they make marvelous additions to Xmas holiday place settings, they’re perfect for stuffing with lovely little things, and it goes without saying that they make great xmas tree ornaments as well!

Do peruse her website for all kinds of goodies – and don’t forget to have a look at her Fortuny dog collars and leashes for your extra special furry friend!

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DESIGN VALET

James Andrew at George N, NYC

James Andrew at George N, NYC

Most of an interior designer’s time is spent on the hunt for gorgeous and unusual things for clients — antiques, art, fabrics, etc. — and massive projects with enormous lists of objects to track down can often be a bit overwhelming!

A remarkably innovative website for designers and dealers, Design Valet, is about to alleviate a great deal of that stress. At Design Valet, designers simply submit lists of what they are looking for to the “Live Design Exchange” section and dealers from around the world respond with offerings that match the designers’ criteria. Imagine the time, effort, and energy that can be saved when dealers also become one’s own personal shopping assistant!

And of course it’s a pretty sweet service for dealers as well — instead of just sitting on pieces in their shops, galleries, and warehouses for days, waiting for designers to happen upon them, dealers can now be pro-active, bringing specific wares directly to the designers — and let’s not forget this’ll be a global network. E-commerce is nothing new, but this is e-commerce at its most efficiently wonderful. Needless to say, I’m really quite excited about the idea. It’ll be pretty marvelous to be lounging pool-side in Lyford and have dealers come to me with well considered one-of-a-kind things (that I very likely would have missed) for my projects and clients! If this sounds like your kind of thing too, do pop over to the website and have a sniff around Design Valet to learn a bit more about this marvelous new Trade Only website where designers and vetted dealers can engage in real time. You can thank me later! ;)

To celebrate the launch of Design Valet and to get a glimpse of many of the gorgeous objects at one of my favorite antiques dealers, George N, I’m sporting a Tom Ford amethyst, grey, and purple window pane wool and silk tweed jacket and black and white striped cotton shirt, antique moon stone cuff links, Etro wool challis scarf, Turnbull and Asser grey and black dot silk pocket square, Polo Ralph Lauren purple cotton corduroy pants, Tom Ford era Gucci black leather tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex, Paul Stuart grey suede gloves, Creed “Himalaya” fragrance, and Tom Ford bronzing gel for a sun kissed glow.

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BRUCE CAMERON CLARK BESPOKE CLOTHIER

James Andrew Palm Beach

James Andrew Palm Beach

I usually have a good idea of the kinds of pieces I want to add to my wardrobe, but it is not always the case that I can actually find the envisioned article at one of my usual haunts. Enter the bespoke clothier Bruce Cameron Clark, who cut his teeth under the Savile Row, Tommy Nutter (the illustrious tailor who along with Mr. Fish essentially re-invented the Savile Row look in the 60s and 70s for an adventurous set of globe trotters, and who’s eye inspired countless present day designers like Tom Ford. See our piece Real Men Wear Whatever they Want.

Bruce Cameron Clark shirt for WIJW

Bruce Cameron Clark shirt for WIJW

Clark brings that Savile Row legacy to the table, offering the best of all worlds, and has simply dressed everyone — from rock stars to royalty. Knowing I was to spend Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, the challenge I set forth was to create a 60s 70s hey day Palm Beach look, and enthusiastically Clark (I think my daring has made a steadfast friend in the man) showed me this superb Liberty-of-London-esque micro orchid print in shades of red, pink, and navy, and we agreed that a contrast white collar and French cuffs would make the whole thing impossibly fresh. It’s a hit, and I must say I’ve received torrents of unsolicited inquiries regarding this beautiful shirt!

Perhaps you’d like to have your own bespoke creation? Do give Bruce Cameron Clark a ring and make an appointment to visit him at his atelier: Bruce Cameron Clark Bespoke Clothier, 968 Lexington Avenue New York City, Tel. 212-772-7701 — tell him that we sent you!

For a most perfect Palm Beach day, I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, a brilliant Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a Liberty-of-London-esque micro orchid cotton print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Tom Ford blue and white print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, woven red and navy belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, pearl with pale blue sapphire cuff links, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a sun kissed glow via Tom Ford bronzing gel.

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