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Farewell Espana

James Andrew in a room by Lorenzo Castillo.

James Andrew in a room by Lorenzo Castillo.

After a glorious time in the Balearic Islands we returned to Madrid to enjoy a bit more of this marvelous city. We were so taken by our spectacular suite at the Villa Magna Hotel the last we were here in Madrid that we checked right back in again!

Villa Magna.

Villa Magna.

Villa Magna reflecting pools.

Villa Magna reflecting pools.

Then it was off to spend some more time with the brilliant and wonderful Lorenzo Castillo, one of Spain’s most esteemed interior designers. It was truly an honor to meet him and tour his stunning home—certainly has me thinking about my own townhouse dreams. We enjoyed pre-lunch cocktails while admiring his palacio and then went for a lovely lunch at Restaurante Esteban where we feasted on delicious traditional Spanish cuisine paired with a remarkable Rioja. A stroll through the Parque del Retiro is an absolute must—once the private playground of the royal family, it is now the perfect place unwind in lush surrounds.

Villa Magna.

Villa Magna.

The glorious terraces, bar, and lounge make Villa Magna a really superb place to meet friends for coffee or drinks before dinner. We had the occasion to meet with our fabulous friend Pepa Charlton, who is doing the most interesting things with the antiques and vintage pieces she collects on her world travels—she’s got a neat sort of pop-up shop in her home she calls “My Vintage Corner.”

A brief disco nap energized us for a highly anticipated WIJW send-off dinner party hosted by my gorgeous friend Juan Moline and his partners, Jaime Mesalles and Luis Gamo. They brought together a super-chic circle of friends, artists, antiques dealers, journalists, and publicists (classic salon style) at their uber-fabulous flat. It was an evening of fantastic food, drink, and lively conversation amongst an interesting and interested group of talented people—the perfect conclusion to a flawless Spanish getaway.

Juan Moline.

Juan Moline.

I’m photographed (top) in Lorenzo Castillo’s gracious drawing room, and I’m sporting a tangerine silk basket weave jacket, pink cotton glen plaid shirt and beige suede loafers all by Tom Ford, pink and white silk retro print pocket square by Charvet, python belt and sunglasses by Gucci, Seaman Schepps cuff links in white shell and coral, my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

6 Comments

  1. Juan Moliné says:

    Hola James,

    Fue un placer que vinierais tu y Scott a cenar a casa…. y ya estamos deseando repetir.

    Estás elegantísimo y guapísimo como siempre!!

    Besos y abrazos

    Juan

  2. James Andrew says:

    Querido Juan,

    Gracias para todo!

    Un abrazzo fuerte.

    JA

  3. Lino Perez says:

    Hola James, fue una cena fantastica, espero volver a encontrarnos en España, gracias por tu fabuloso blog, un saludo.Lino

  4. Nacho Corral says:

    Great post!!! we truly enjoyed meeting you in Madrid. Hope you are doing well!!! Have a great summer. Xxx

  5. Dean says:

    James,

    The best tan ever! The one time I remember having a riviera tan was when I stayed in the south of france with friends, I never looked or felt better, and hope you are feeling very well too! Amazing fotos!

    Dean*****

  6. James Andrew says:

    Nacho,

    Thank You!

    It was so wonderful meeting ALL of you as well.

    I can’t wait to make it back to Spain.

    How is your summer unfolding?

    Cheers

    JA

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