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Formal Fridays

James Andrew - Formal Friday - brought to you by M.de Phocas

James Andrew - Formal Friday - brought to you by M.de Phocas

As mentioned in our previous post, my super chic young friends, Alexis Zambrano and Jesus Torres of M.de Phocas, have started the most marvelous tradition they call “Formal Fridays.”

I absolutely love the concept!

A playful antidote to the rather disastrous casual Friday dress code, it’s the perfect opportunity to don one’s very finest and perhaps hit a fabulous restaurant or lounge. You’ll be sure to turn some heads!

Evening set by M. de Phocas

Evening set by M. de Phocas

On my way out for an evening of elegance and glamor, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black silk moire evening jacket and black wool barathea tuxedo pants, Tom Ford lavender cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black and white silk polka dot bow tie, black and white silk pocket square and black patent leather opera pumps, vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Milllesime and of course my pearl and diamond evening set is by the incomparable M. de Phocas.


  1. Daniel says:

    Love this idea. Let’s hope it catches on!

  2. Linda says:

    Jeans, begone! James, you are my personal Beau Brummel. Love it.

  3. matt says:

    3 words: To die for!!!
    Long live Formal Fridays. You’re definately an ambassador.

  4. Jon Stone says:

    Thanks James đŸ™‚

  5. James Andrew says:

    Thank You ALL!

    I had a feeling this concept would be well received!



  6. Dean says:

    Great post James! Love the way the old roller downplays the dressy look here. As they say “clothes make the man”.


  7. Matt Fox says:

    Glad you’re joining in James! We’ve been celebrating Formal Fridays with our readers for several years now: http://www.fineanddandyshopblog.com/search/label/formal%20friday.

  8. jon k says:

    sexual healing

  9. Topaz says:

    Such an elegant look, with your usual spark of creativity. That jacket is one of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I’ve ever seen.

    Thanks for being a continuing source of inspiration and ingenuity.

  10. Karen says:

    You are looking FIERCE James!

  11. Ray Frensham says:

    I hate to burst a bubble here, bur Matt Fox and Enrique Crame of FineandDandyshop.com have been doing Formal Friday for about two years now. It’s still a good idea!

  12. James Andrew says:

    Hey there Ray,

    There are no egos here- so no bubbles to burst.

    I don’t care where the concept started- I am just thrilled to hear that more and more people are welcoming these ideas!



  13. Tom Ford, eat your heart out, handsome man. Hope life is wonderful and NYC is defrosting and zinging with spring. Kiss to the Bee Man, too. x

  14. William Wright says:

    James, you are helping me take courage in dressing up! I absolutely love wearing a tuxedo (where can I get those Ford shirts?) and bow tie. I haven’t gone as far as wearing a tux to an interview yet (though I have in the past) this time around, but do have an interview Monday with a company requiring formal dress Monday-Thursday and casual on Friday. I cannot in good conscience wear casual on Friday. I gotta be dressed up and as formal as possible right down to the cummerbund if need be. What do you think?

  15. James Andrew says:

    Hey there William,

    So happy to hear these posts have been helpful!

    I purchased the Tom Ford shirts at the Tom Ford boutique on Madison Avenue here in NYC and bow tie was Tom Ford era Gucci.

    I tend to agree if one is going to dress for a formal affair – go all the way!



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