James Andrew at Metro Curates
As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.
300 year old pancho Metro Curates
Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!
Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates
Folk art bust, Metro Curates
I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.
James Andrew, Lyford – after Slim Aarons’ Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.
For an artist who most enjoyed “…photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” it’s no wonder that Slim Aarons found himself quite at home in Lyford. From its inception the Lyford Cay Club sought to attract the rich. the interesting, and the beautiful as members — and unlike many clubs in places like Palm Beach, Lyford welcomed all sorts without the dogmatic discrimination and antisemitism that pervaded so many social clubs of the day.
A long time Lyford member, Commander Edward Whitehead has to be the original mold for the “most interesting man in the world.” A former British Royal Navy officer and head of Schweppes USA, Commander Whitehead became the face of Schweppes, with the now classic ad campaign portraying the Englishman delivering highbrow discourse on the beverage’s “Schweppervescence.” He also wrote a treatise How to Live the Good Life: The Commander Tells You How based on words he delivered aboard the Cunard liner, QE2. My friends who knew him at Lyford tell me he was a delightful, dashing, and debonaire man. Needless to say he is a man after my own heart. I’m sure he would have had a blog if he were with us today!
Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons
For today’s post, I’m paying homage to Commander Whitehead and his brilliant portrait by Slim Aarons. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs and white cotton twill pants, Ralph Lauren silk and linen pink, ivory and pale blue stripe tie, pink silk pocket square by Charvet, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red and blue bi-color braided belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, navy suede Gucci loafers, Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.
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James Andrew and Matthew Niewenhous
When WIJW was in its infancy, I was incredibly moved by the tremendous support that I received from fellow bloggers — so I am always thrilled when I can promote a site that I think has a unique voice. When WIJW shared a visit to the event, “Mansions in May” at Blairsden (read here), Matthew J. Niewenhous, — who had done a treatment on Blairsden himself — nicely reached out to me to have a look at his site, The Gilded Butler. Needless to say, I became an instant fan. We eventually arranged a meet, and over a few martinis we decided to make this collaborative post!
Old Westbury Gardens
Niewenhous combines stunning photographs — mostly in black and white, which adds to the glow of nostalgia — with considerable research. He skillfully renders his finds into an engaging historical and personal account, giving one an exceptionally well rounded glimpse into both the past and the present. No one knew more about the inner workings of a house and its family than its butler—and we think Niewenhous, with his similarly penetrating insight, has created the most perfectly fitting rubric for his blog.
Old Westbury Gardens
I’m sharing here a few of my favorite aspects of Old Westbury Gardens as well as a pretty striking portrait of the dashing Niewenhous and yours truly – but do stop in over at The Gilded Butler – I am sure you will be as enthralled as I am.
Old Westbury Gardens
For an afternoon at Old Westbury Gardens my ensemble is inspired by the brilliant Italian film ” La Grande Bellezza” and the sartorial splendor of its lead character, Jep Gambardella. I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, white cotton twill pant and white suede cap toe lace up shoes, Charvet white silk pocket square, JKP woven white cotton belt, vintage straw hat, moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance Creed Windsor.* * *