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SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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NORTH FORK AND THE INNER CHILD

James Andrew - the North Fork

James Andrew – the North Fork

There is so much to love about North Fork, and a simple bike ride sure can bring back some carefree childhood days. It’s actually important I think to stay in touch with that; a place where anything is possible, where we aren’t really caught up in the fear of making mistakes, (and often those mistakes lead to new and wonderful discoveries), in short, a place where imagination and fantasy are the rule of the day. I say, don’t grow up. Just be Mr. or Miss Super-Fabulous. Don’t be ashamed to really shine. Pursue those big dreams and crazy fantasies. And, you know, I walk my talk here on WIJW. I love dressing up with friends, wearing Tom Ford, and feeling like a star — when those thoughts, feelings, and a good dose of action are in play, we’re well on the way to making things happen. Let’s bring a little of that childhood excitement into everything that we do!

How do you celebrate your inner child?

Biking through the North Fork, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, white linen with pale blue embroidered edged pocket square by G. Inglese, Michael Bastian red and white striped cotton seersucker hoody, Club Monaco madras plaid shorts, Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoes, vintage Rolex, Gucci sunglasses, and Jo Malone 154 Cologne.

PAJAMA SHIRT

James Andrew Pajama-style shirt

James Andrew Pajama-style shirt


For years, legendary style icons have been wearing clothing in unconventional ways, which is probably why I love this pajama-style top for day wear! Not only is it a bit unconventional, it’s comfortable, chic, and oh so fresh.

There are a few high profile trend-setters like the very talented Ryan Gosling who’ve gone for the look — see the Ferragamo navy pajama top with white piping he rocked at the Cannes Film Festival — very dashing. My friend Juan Avellaneda, the Barcelona based designer, also features the look, having been inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s character, Dickie Greenleaf, who spent his days in a Mediterranean village, enjoying the sun and sea. Needless to say, that sounds pretty good to us, and we’re wild about this relaxed, bon-vivant collection.

Juan Avellaneda wearing his own Pyjama--Style shirt

Juan Avellaneda wearing his own Pyjama–Style shirt

Vibing a 50s/ 60s/ 70s international jet set look (top), I’m sporting an indigo with white piping cotton pajama shirt by Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren linen and silk pin stripe pants, Ralph Lauren madras espadrilles, navy and red belt by Adriano Meneghetti, vintage Rolex, my fragrance is Creed Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium, and I’m using some Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun-kissed glow.