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Filoli and Fabulous Friends

James Andrew at Filoli

James Andrew at Filoli

One of the highlights of our San Francisco visit was Filoli – designed by one of my favorite San Francisco architects, Willis Polk, for Mr and Mrs William Bowers Bourn II. The Bourns, like many wealthy San Franciscan families, relocated to the peninsula after the 1906 earthquake. Mr. Bourn created the name Filoli by combining the first two letters from his credo: “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a goodlife.”

McBee and camera for my photo shoot at Filoli

McBee and camera for my photo shoot at Filoli

Filoli is one of the few estates that has survived in its entirety and was quite graciously donated by the Roth family (the last private owners) to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for all to enjoy.

The Garden House

The Garden House

Our super chic and sophisticated friends Philip Bewley and his husband Ric Serrano took us for the tour – seeing this magnificent home and its gardens with their excellent guidance was certainly the way to do it.

Filoli rear facade detail

Filoli rear facade detail

Needless to say the visit left me completely inspired and invigorated. And after a lovely lunch at Filoli we were treated to a marvelous cocktail hour with the most fabulous collection of San Franciscan friends. It was truly wonderful to connect with so many people in person – we could have spent hours with these gorgeous people.

Unusual topiary at magical Filoli Garden

Unusual topiary at magical Filoli Garden

Basking in my most outrageous “Dynasty” fantasies (you may know Filoli from the opening scene of that iconic 80’s TV show) I’m photographed in the perfectly proportioned Garden House – a beautiful backdrop for today’s post. I’m dressed to celebrate Filoli in a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, hot pink silk and cotton pants, pink plaid shirt with French cuffs, a silk abstract floral print pocket square in pinks and saddle leather loafers, a Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, moonstone cuff links, Rolex watch and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi Iperborea.

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  1. One of my favorite houses – so glad you finally got to see it! Lovely time of year too.

  2. Dean Farris says:

    I should like to live in The Garden House !

  3. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Mr Hurray,

    It is just sublime and I could live in that garden house, it was so intoxicating on so many levels, the smell of the lilies and the perfection of it all.



  4. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Dean,

    It is just beyond perfection!



  5. Mark S. Flood says:


    Another wonderful post! I have never heard of this house before, however with my interest in architecture, you have definitely inspired me to add this to my long list of houses I need to visit.

    I love how no detail escapes you; matching your ensemble to the vivid colours of the Geraniums!! Perfection!!

    Love always,

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Boy Mark,

    Thanks for all your rather marvelous feedback and support!

    Filoli is indeed a must see!



  7. George Cruz says:

    James, you look like paradise to me in varied shades of pink. You come alive here with your bold use of this color. At once seriously romantic and seriously playful. You are such eye candy here! And of course, to have Filoli as a background seals the deal. A fabulous location for a fabulous display of ‘What is James Wearing?”

  8. My favorite crayon was “magenta” from day “one”!!

    third grade! Crayola!



    You have appreciated every single lovely part of California so far!!

    Not a surprise!


  9. ps. I think Adam told you of the legendary “Debutante balls decorated by Tony Duquette……he attended as an 18n year old!!) He remembers them!!

    How fun for us to hear about Filoli now!

    I can’t wait to visit! (I just joined Filoli!!)


  10. James Andrew says:

    Dear George,

    Your comments and feedback are like poetry- such a brilliant writer you are!!!

    Thank You!



  11. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    You are a modern day “Diana Vreeland” – vibrant and colorful, with the most exquisite eye.

    Missing you all terribly!

    Can’t wait to share you and your gorgeous beasts on WIJW?



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