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India Hicks

India Hicks and her dogs, Samson and Olympia, with James Andrew at the entrance to Hibiscus Hill.

A few months ago I was thrilled to receive the most fabulous note from India Hicks suggesting a Harbour Island visit to photograph my wardrobe. I’d of course seen India Hicks from afar – gracing the pages of glossy fashion magazines, while modeling for major designers like Ralph Lauren. And recently I was enthralled with her appearance on the popular program, “Top Design.” Needless to say the prospect of meeting her in person in combination with a longed for pilgrimage to her father’s Savannah, had me giddy as a school girl.

And of course I DID meet India, and now I’m madly in love – India Hicks is a SWAN – “attractive, alert, and au courant” as Capote defined the term. And we do love that absolutely Englishy wit – always served like the very best dry martini.

A pair of gorgeous stone whippets flank the entrance to Hibiscus Hill.

As might be expected from the grand daughter of the first Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and daughter to one of the most original designers of the twentieth century, India marches to her own utterly unique drum. I think Anna Wintour put it most beautifully – “whilst we might all dream of that great escape from it all on a magical island, India Hicks and David Flint Wood have made the dream a viable, working reality for themselves and their young family, bringing their own dynamic, modern touch to a legacy of high style.”

Several brilliantly realized examples of the above mentioned “working reality” can be seen in India Hicks’ enterprising endeavors. Take for instance her line of scrumptious Island Living products for Crabtree and Evelyn – In her own words, “…natural through and through, all [the] nasties have been removed. All [the] packaging [is] reusable – a true reflection of an island life, drawn from my memories of growing up on Windermere as a child. The Casuarina trees, with their clean green smell, the Spider lily flower, a true survivor which needs little nurturing.”

And prolific? Yes. In fact India has authored two books – Island Life in which you’ll get an intimate view of her homes – these are particularly meaningful she tells us, as they are “…a reflection of a living archive that holds the treasures of our personal life.” – And Island Beauty in which she shares her holistic approach, demonstrating how “island wisdom” can help women everywhere to rejuvenate both their outer and inner selves…Beauty in the Bahamas comes in all shapes, sizes, and colours,” she tells us. “It opened my eyes.”

Sign for The Sugar Mill.

Also should you find yourself on Harbour Island, do visit Linda Griffin and India’s super chic boutique, The Sugar Mill – where you’ll find what India describes as an “…accumulated collection from wanderings around the world….” Now that has got to peak your interest. We’ve included here a picture of The Sugar Mill’s edgy logo – and yes, you’ll undoubtedly find a must-have hidden treasure here!

Suffice it to say the list of India’s doings extends well beyond the scope here at WIJW, and perhaps we have gone on a bit – Its just that, as you will recall me mentioning a few paragraphs back, we at WIJW are terribly in love! Certainly you can look forward to future posts and updates regarding all things India Hicks!

James Andrew in front of The Cricket Pavillion at Hibiscus Hill

Posing in front of The Cricket Pavillion at Hibiscus Hill, I’m sporting a smashing straw hat with black grosgrain ribbon trim from The Sugar Mill, white linen jacket by Gucci, white and pink silk retro print pocket square by Charvet Paris, heavily embroidered white cotton voile Kurta from India (thanks to Kuki), white skinny jeans from Uniglo, Christian Louboutin black leather sandal/espadrille – and my fragrance is Royal Water by Creed.

50 Comments

  1. Dean Farris says:

    Dear James,

    you look handsome, and so does India… wow, what next ? WIJW goes to the moon ? LOL thanks for sharing, I had read about harbour island before, as Scott Snyder from PB likes it there… you really aced this one, and I wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your design blog, soon to be a TV program, book, and magazine I heard.

    Dean in Florida (U.S.)

  2. Marty Mitchell says:

    Simply stunning.

  3. Marianne Buschmann says:

    wow, this is really magnificent, India is a real beauty…….

  4. Terry Kerr says:

    Dear James,

    Love the picture of India, you and the dogs! Hibiscus Hill must be an awesome place!

    best regards,

    Terry

  5. Lola Montes says:

    Hola James,

    Que suerte tienes de conocer a la grandiosa India Hicks, yo creo que es el sueño de muchas personas, ella es sencillamente divina!

    cariños,

    Lola

  6. Paper Doll says:

    Love your white outfit, India is such a beautiful woman…….

  7. Maria La Torre says:

    Me encantan los lugares que visitas y la gente que conoces, WIJW siempre está en los mejores lugares!

    besos

    María

  8. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Was für ein herrliches Foto von Euch zusammen! Ich hatte schon sehr viel über India Hicks gehört, sie ist eine wirkliche Schönheit!

    Liebste Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  9. Christian Fuchs says:

    WIJW goes to the Moon! I loved that!

    India and you look really fab at the entrance of Hibiscus Hill! What a wonderful woman she is!

    best regards,

    Christian

  10. Monaco Girl says:

    you are a real dandy James!

  11. Absolutely in Love says:

    This is my favorite post ever…….

  12. Fabulous – what an amazing oppotunity.

  13. Great shoot! I want to see an equestrian shot on the beach!!!!!!

  14. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Hallo James!

    Das ist ja eine schöne Überraschung, es ist das letzte was ich heute erwartet habe, Du und India Hicks! Sie ist ein Beispiel einer schönen und erfolgreichen Frau!

    Ich bin sehr stolz auf Dich!

    Fühl Dich gedrückt

    Marie FvS

  15. Jerry Kraft says:

    Just wonderful and beautiful. Looks like fun. Thank you for sharing.
    xo Jerry

  16. SQUI says:

    Great blog. Great post. It makes me long for the islands.
    Enjoyed the info about India and her family as well.
    Very nice.

  17. Scott Tjaden says:

    Class meets Class.
    I’d expect no less from you, James.

    Ciao, have a great weekend.

  18. David says:

    WOW! I simply loved the picture of you and India. What drama with your pose and India’s reaction. Any mention of India, Ashley or David in print gets my attention. I love how India and Ashley have continued the legacy of style that David Hicks personified!

  19. Scott-Michael Anderson says:

    Just breathtaking, James…Bravo!

  20. Cosima says:

    I have heard so much of India, she looks really fabulous wearing this white dress…….

  21. Felicity Harris says:

    We need more James and Indias around us, the world needs people like you!

  22. Pink Cinnamon says:

    Lovely hat James!

  23. Your biggest fan says:

    gorgeous woman…….

  24. Good to see you are still looking as DIVINE as ever and schmoozing with the best of them. Lucky duck. Tx

  25. Yasmeen Baroness von Schleinitz says:

    You and india in white – the perfect composition for a painting.
    Just stunning.
    And I see her love for greyhounds as well!
    Beauty all around!
    Thank you so much for this enjoyable article!
    Warm Wishes from Germany,
    Yasmeen

  26. Cecilia Fuentes Ibarburu says:

    Sometimes beauty hurts… wonderful both!

  27. Karissa Corday says:

    Love you in white James. It suits your dark & handsome look so well!
    The clean lines & simplicity…..just magnificent!
    So very reminiscent of “The Great Gatsby.”

  28. Elisa says:

    Impressive Friend:)

  29. Juan Moliné says:

    Hola James,

    Muy dandy, me encanta!!!

    Besoss

  30. Diego says:

    Simply stunning, awesome places and people!!!

    Diego ^_^

  31. James Andrew says:

    Thanks to all for the fine words!

  32. wendy says:

    What a lovely setting, with lovely company. India is quite remarkable – not only in appearance, but in her many accomplishments.

  33. Joanna Shaw says:

    I’m speechless, you two look just fabtastic together!

  34. Edie B. says:

    Wow, lovely picture James, I should be at Hibiscus Hill too, with my cats and racoons…..

    best regards

    Edie

  35. Kevin Joseph says:

    You are an inspiration. Thank you!

  36. Pearl Hammond says:

    lovely James, you look stunning, and India looks like the swan you mentioned!

  37. Eugenia Drummond says:

    Hubiscus Hill seems to be the perfect Paradise, great example of elevated living!

  38. Adelaide says:

    nice outfit darling, white suits you well!

  39. Secret Admirer says:

    You never stop surprising me! Thanks for taking us on this little fantasy vacation.

  40. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    India es una diva, me encanta su look elegante y calmado, y tú te ves guapísimo como de costumbre.

    besos,

    Maria Juana

  41. Aurelia Camargo says:

    maravilhoso!

  42. Sabrina Johnson says:

    you’re always telling a better story… thanks : )

  43. Maria Paula says:

    Cada día me sorprendes más James, siempre en lugares fabulosos con personas increíbles!

  44. Lil´Lilly says:

    Thank you for sharing James darling!

  45. Mackie Messer says:

    India is incredibly beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more.

  46. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    India ist eine richtige Schönheit, und Du bist immer so gut angezogen!

    Liebste Grüsse

    Johann

  47. Edie Sue says:

    I’m always curious to see what you’ll post next! Inevitably it will be amazing and inspiring!

    love,

    Edie Sue

  48. You are so fly. the modern Great Gatsby Da’ling.

  49. Bruno says:

    Beautiful white clothed people!

  50. Kelly Anderson says:

    Another episode of the Rich and Shameless!

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