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For the Love of Longhand

James Andrew at home - photo by Jory Clay Sutton

In a world where communication has become nearly free and instantaneous—our WIJW blog for instance—the hand written letter/note seems to have almost disappeared. In fact many of us may suddenly feel at a bit of a loss when faced with a fountain pen—remember those?—and the task of laying down some coherent thoughts without the use of a text editor—let alone in reasonably legible handwriting!

Now, at the risk of sounding like a Luddite, I do so love the sensual splendor of a well constructed correspondence, and so I make sure that I am always in possession of the proper materials for said communiques: a quiver of Montblancs, Parkers, and Namiki’s, and a fresh case of well selected, gorgeously engraved, hand laid stationary. What a superb opportunity to express one’s creative sensibilities!

And so I proceed, despite the trouble, knowing that a hand written message will be noticed and appreciated. One might even make a quick rough draft for those longer letters via one’s computer, before committing to those inky scribbles! Whatever one’s approach, I can tell you that the tiny bit of extra effort quickly translates into a sense of satisfaction for all.

Sitting at my bedroom desk, I’m taking time to write a few thank you notes on some very handsome personalized Pineider note cards. I’m sporting a pale blue cashmere turtleneck sweater, cognac pieced suede jacket, cream corduroy pants, all by Gucci and not seen—brown suede tasseled loafers by Tom Ford. My fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

photo by Jory Clay Sutton.


  1. Brent Barrett says:

    I agree. I like nothing more than receiving a personal handwritten letter from someone. I find it especially essential in a client/sales relationship. Id be much more swayed to purchase a product from someone if they took the time to send a handwritten note rather than typing it up.

  2. Jason Puiia says:

    I think a hand written note is possibly one of the most enchanting things one can receive. We send correspondence so hastily that the gesture of putting pen to paper is something really special – a thank you note, a get well card, even a note of condolence. Even though not embossed Crane’s stationary, I have found a post card to be one of my favorite souvenirs while traveling – send me the proper address for WIJW and you may find a little piece of Italia in your mailbox!

  3. Christian Fuchs says:

    I remember those wonderful times when I used to receive letters…….

  4. Dean says:


    I love this portrait of you by Clay. What would I have to do to get a hand written note from you? Nothing would please me more! I save all the ones I get from Albert, Mario and other NYC friends. Would love to add one of yours to my “collection”!
    PS, I adore that chair you are sitting on.


  5. I find that even the shortest handwritten note is appreciated these days. Fine stationary is appreciated, but even the most common paper is welcome.

  6. Francois says:

    Darling, well quite right, we all love to receive a note from you – but the big picture is the picture in the back …….. nude and dog oh lalala

  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello Francois,

    Yes isn’t that fantastic!

    A portrait of me and my beloved whippets Rupert and Nigel by the artist
    Mark Gagnon.

    Cheers and Thanks for all your support and brilliant feedback!


  8. Hanspeter from Switzerland says:

    Dear James,

    Today I’ve found the wonderful pictures of your home on the Website of NYSD. I want to congratulate you for your fantastic interior creations!!! By the way: Your way of clothing is like your interiors: Very exclusive and very tasteful.

    From now on I will be a regular visitor on your Website.

    Thank you and all the best for you!!

    Hanspeter from Switzerland

  9. James Andrew says:

    Hello Hanspeter,

    I was so happy to receive your wonderful comment and feedback today.

    I look forward to your continued support and interest in what we are sharing here on WIJW.

    Thank You!



  10. Dear James,

    I couldn’t agree more with you! I recently bought myself a fine Parker fountain pen and notebook to try and get back into the habit of using cursive handwriting. With emails and SMS the pen and paper seem to have taken a back seat which I find sad.
    Let’s champion the return of the pen!
    I love your blog and tres distingué dress sense.
    Keep them both up mon ami!

    Best wishes from London, UK.

  11. Rose says:

    This is a stunning portrait of you! I think anything we can do to bring back the personal touch these days is wonderful.

  12. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    Thank you for the hand written note. Your choice of stationery is superb. I should know, as I once sold stationery at Bergdorf Goodman!

  13. i love this pic of yours. the colors, your attitude…
    truly beautiful.

  14. I remember those wonderful times when I used to receive letters…….

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