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From Gatsby to Google at The Montauk Club

James Andrew at the Montauk club

James Andrew at the Montauk club

I was thrilled and honored to be included in a panel discussion on social media recently. Hosted by Montauk Club Committee member, David Griffin, and led by Social Marketer, Caroline McCarthy (currently on the Google+ business team), the panel was convened to discuss how social media has supplemented and, in some cases, even replaced the private clubs and exclusive parties of the past, shaping a new generation of potentially more accessible networks in finance, journalism, fashion and culture. Questions put forth included: how do our current social networks mirror the ones that Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald described…and has the digitization of those networks really changed them as much as we think it has?

The illustrious panel was composed of a veritable who’s who of the social media world – yours truly included, of course:

James Andrew, Interior Designer, Style Icon and Blogger Extraordinaire, “What is James Wearing?”; Michael Hogan, Executive Entertainment Editor, AOL Huffington Post Media Group; Sarah Kunst, Consultant at Mohr Davidow Ventures and former Events Manager at Guest of a Guest; Divya Narendra, former co-founder of ConnectU and CEO & Co-founder of SumZero; James Tunick, CEO of Web5design and Owner of IMC Lab + Gallery.

In any case, we had a lively discussion, with the recognition that social media has most certainly created a means of introduction that would have previously been impossible…speaking from my own experience, WIJW has made me friends from around the world, and I’ve gained entrée into some rather posh and influential circles at that! Still, we here at WIJW (along with many others), feel that physical clubs like the magnificent Montauk Club will always play that crucial role in making human connections!

The 1889 Montauk Club and it’s grand club house provided the perfect venue. Designed by the famed New York architect Francis H. Kimball, it was inspired by a palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. I can’t wait to share a post dedicated to The Montauk Club! Standing in front of one of the club’s many fireplaces, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, pale blue woven mini herringbone weave cotton shirt with French cuffs and an ivory wool knit tie, Charvet retro print silk pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, indigo leather D ring belt by Ralph Lauren, J Brand “Kane” jeans, Gucci black suede and leather loafers, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.


  1. We were delighted to have you, James! Looking forward to your next visit!

  2. Bill Webber says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you at the Club, James. How did you manage to get your hands on Creed Windsor?

  3. Danny says:

    The real Montauk must be grim and gorgeous at this time of year….

  4. James Andrew says:


    My great pleasure and honor!

    I am thinking for the Montauk Club story something very Visconti- Death in Venice.



  5. Valentino B says:

    I love the shoes! Your look is very Italian . . .is that the look you were going for? 🙂

  6. You won’t believe me; but since we met; maybe you will!

    I saw that “loden cape” and (being blessed with a photographic memory.. (a true gift for a decorator); I thought; Givenchy is still alive! How did James get his “Loden cape”?

    I swear to God!!!

    When I was sent to “the East” to boarding school from Southern California; I called my mother with an emergency!

    I had the best mother! I shrieked: “Everything is wrong!!”

    My weejuns are the wrong color (of course; they were the RIGHT color…black) My loving and adorable mother flew back to Massachusetts (we are talking 1963!!! Not easy!
    And she took me shopping for “preppy” clothes in Northampton! If I had been smarter; It would be “Penelope Lauren”

    I do not exaggerate! Every single “preppy” thing; he saw, knew and did!

    He is the smartest dude in the fashion business ! (just if you ask me!”

    And he deserves all the success he has achieved because of his “impeccable eye”

    His eye is astonishing! We used to be able to recognize “preppies’ (we did call ourselves that!) in the airport! Honestly! It was the faded madras blazer that was the guy’s father’s with the patches on the elbows; because there just plain holes in them!

    He got the costume: hook, line and sinker!

    (I am not sure; I think he doesn’t get “Belgian Shoes”???

    Do you think they have been under his radar/

    You tell me!

    Your wonderful originality will take you everywhere you wish to go!

    with great admiration!


  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello Bill,

    Thank You!

    It was just terrific to see you all and the magnificent Montauk Club!

    I have been hoarding Windsor forever and my friends at Creed have been quite generous in refilling my flacon.



  8. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope,

    I had always loved the images of Givenchy on a stroll sporting the most sublime loden cape.

    I just had to have one- searched high and low and found one on Ebay of all places.

    Did you know that I worked for Ralph Lauren for many years. I did everything from sales to store/showroom design etc.

    This ultimately lead me to my career as interior designer.

    I have always been drawn to this uber stylish and perhaps more continental take on WASP chic.

    Planning a trip in August that will begin in San Francisco and end in LA- perhaps we can arrange a meeting in your neck of the woods.

    Cheers and Many Thanks for your Tremendous Support!


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