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James Andrew –East Hampton weekend

James Andrew –East Hampton weekend

We trust our American readership is recuperating from Thanksgiving festivities! We here at WIJW had a sublime little dinner at home and come Friday we did the classic dash to East Hampton for the long weekend.

My exquisite and rather fabulous friend Tom Samet (who by the way has an incredible Instagram feed if you’d like to follow him @tomsamet) and his partner Nathan Wold graciously put us up in a most sublime home. These guys simply get everything right – old school manners, elegance, and charm – and a refined aesthetic that perfectly captures the essence of the place. The Samet/Wold interior creates the quintessential Hamptons environment – country/seaside living at its best!

Scott McBee and I arrived on Friday just in time to catch the tail end of a lovely luncheon and then we had time to hit the Village of Sag Harbor for a little shopping. We returned for drinks then we were whisked off to a cocktail party at the Maidstone Club celebrating the East Hampton Historical Society House & Garden Tour – I was pleased to see the recent work there by our friend Tom Scheerer who updated the interiors at the club. Afterwards, we were treated to the most divine dinner party (the idea behind the get-together was to bring ten new friends – Scott Mcbee and I were lucky enough to be included)! More cocktails were followed by a delicious dinner and an evening of music and dancing. I have not had so much fun in years – nor have I danced in years – we need to dance more often!

Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast and a bit of basking in the beauty of it all, we began the house & garden tour. First on the list was a house with interiors designed by our friends Samet and Wold with architecture by the late Francis Fleetwood.

East Hampton. Fleetwood: architect. Samet & Wold: interior design. Photo by Tom Samet

East Hampton. Fleetwood: architect. Samet & Wold: interior design. Photo by Tom Samet

By happenstance, the owners of said house had been on a similar historical house tour some years back that featured another interior designed by Samet and Wold, and they were quite taken with the interiors. It took a few years but eventually our friends were hired to decorate this project. Fleetwood created a stunning classical shingle style cottage – perfect in every way, and it is thoroughly complimented by the chic of Samet and Wold! Certainly the Samet and Wold house was the highlight of the tour.

We took a lunch break at Babette’s in town and then on to more houses. We all rendezvoused back home for yet another cocktail hour and then were treated to dinner at the American Hotel in Sag Harbour – the most perfect end to our weekend!

Sunday morning we enjoyed a stroll to see the infamous “Grey Gardens” house which was just down the street – a quick luncheon followed. Fortified, we worked our way back to the city.

We are ever grateful for the graciousness and generosity of these fabulous friends!

Arriving in East Hampton, I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown cashmere wool herringbone tweed topcoat, vintage amber silk/wool paisley scarf, a silk/cashmere camel jacket, amber cashgora sweater, a checked cotton shirt in loden, brown and teal – all by Tom Ford – Polo Ralph Lauren loden micro-herringbone flannel pants, Tom Ford era Gucci brown leather “Chelsea Boots,” brown peccary gloves by Fort Belvedere, my favorite Louis Vuitton weekend bag, Tom Ford Oud fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.


  1. My brother-in-law Beaumont Barnaby Bianchi (I could not make that up!), every now and then says something is the “last bastion of civility and elegance”!

    You just experienced many examples of this! RARE indeed!

    What a lovely weekend….and what talented people! I adore the Maidstone; and am so happy to hear the talented Tom Scheerer did the new decorating…..after his total triumph at Lyford. It warms my heart taste is still extant!
    Bravo; and love to Mr. McBee!!! Fetching as always!!!

  2. Charles Allen says:

    Such a lovely read! Thanks!
    Charles Allen
    Daytona Beach, FLorida

  3. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope Bianchi,

    DO you know my exquisite friend Tom Samet ? I know you would get on like a house on fire!

    I had not been to the Maidstone in years it was brilliant to see Tom Scheerer’s refreshing of it! – Nothing as chic as Lyford but still fab!

    Btw we are in California April of 2017

    Hope we can spend some time together!

    Much Love


  4. James Andrew says:

    Dear Charles Allen,

    Thank You!

    We had such a lovely time!!!

    Can’t wait to go back – off season is the best time our East!

    All Best


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