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Infinite Variety

James Andrew - the American Folk Art Museum quilt show.

While working at the esteemed design firm, Parish-Hadley, the love of arts and crafts by artisans was deeply instilled in me. Albert Hadley and Sister Parish often integrated these modest creations into their interiors—adding charm and character to even the most super sophisticated interiors. And so it might not surprise you to know I was thrilled to attend the opening night gala for the exhibition by the American Folk Art Museum, Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.

When her husband asked Mrs. Joanna S. Rose (whose collection is presented here) what she wanted for her 80th birthday, she is reported to have replied, “Something I have not seen before and something that would be a gift for New York City.” Needless to say Mr. Rose delivered on all accounts. What a spectacle to behold!—a perfect birthday present to both Mrs. Rose, and an enduring gift for all of us! It should be noted that admission is free—as any gift should be—and it runs only until March 30, 2011. The enormous 55,000 sqr. ft. Wade Thompson Drill Hall at The Park Avenue Armory awaits with a truly infinite variety of tantalizing and surprising designs, so do make time to peruse this rhapsodic show before it’s gone!

Dressing up for the occasion, I’m sporting a Gucci tyrolean style charcoal tweed suit and black suede “Belgian” style slippers, Turnbull and Asser forest green and white micro check shirt with white contrast collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Borrelli dark green cashmere tie and my Fragrance is Creed Vintage Tabarome.

5 Comments

  1. melissa says:

    this was an extraordinary installation – such a fun way to transform the armory. you brighten up the exhibit substantially!

  2. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    Thanks for sharing! Ever since I saw what Sister did with quilts and crafts in those 1970’s House & Garden magazines, I’ve been mesmerized and intrigued! You look ultra chic in that suit! I checked out the shoes at Gucci yesterday, and flipped over all the new bamboo bit loafers. Have a great week!

    Dean

  3. the quilts the suit- I would take either for my own.pgt

  4. James Andrew says:

    Patricia,

    Thank You! I love this tyrolean suit,some incredibly chic men of a certain age would wear all kinds of tyrolean attire, I am trying to introduce it to a new younger audience.

    This quilt show was truly incredible, I am told it is meant to travel to a few continents.

    Cheers

    JA

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