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A VISIT TO THE CHINESE PORCELAIN COMPANY

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain

As an interior designer I’m always on the prowl for the most gorgeous things for my clients, and among the many superb galleries in New York City the Chinese Porcelain Company is always one of my first stops.

The ever so sophisticated Pierre Durand, owner of the Chinese Porcelain Company, has the most exquisite eye – he simply gets everything just right (and as many of you may know, Durand has been a long-time enthusiast of Scott Houston McBee’s painted work, and has held several exhibitions for him there). You’ll always find a masterful mix of unique one-of-a-kind treasures at the Chinese Porcelain Company, both antique and modern – and everything lives rather stylishly together. My own design approach includes a similarly elegant and eclectic juxtaposition of things that really help to create interest and excitement.

I’m particularly wild about the silk velvet leopard canapé (pictured above). It would work well in so many scenarios – and the stunning 1966 Kenzo Okada mixed paper collage on canvas hanging above it is absolute perfection!

Basking amidst the beauty of so many marvelous things, I’m photographed by the brilliant Boris Glamocanin. I’m wearing a Tom Ford brown and ivory glen plaid suit, dusty pink micro check cotton shirt, pale pink and brown plaid tie, brown leather tasseled loafers, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps shell and coral cuff links, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to extend my recent DR glow!

A FAB FAREWELL TO CELERIE KEMBLE’S PLAYA GRANDE BEACH CLUB

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club


If I had to choose one word to describe our stay at Celerie Kemble’s most perfect Playa Grande Beach Club it would have to be “bliss!”

We savored every moment of our tropical getaway with gratitude for the glorious way life was unfolding and all the beauty that surrounded us. The luscious landscape and the immaculate architecture are an absolute feast for the senses. And while certainly there are a great number of activities one can arrange to do while there – from horseback riding, to golf and tennis, etc., we were perfectly happy to simply relax and luxuriate.

The Playa Grande Beach Club

The Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

With the days getting darker and colder back here in the city, we are longing to return to the DR!

the Playa Grande Beach Club

the Playa Grande Beach Club

Do book a holiday at the Playa Grande Beach Club – there are so few places of this caliber left – and If you go, please share with us here at WIJW, we’d love to hear from you!

For our farewell photo (top) I’m sporting a Prada brown and white paisley print cotton voile shirt, Tom Ford turquoise silk pants, brown leather sandals, vintage straw hat, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

WEARING DEBRA TORRES AT CELERIE KEMBLE’S PLAYA BEACH CLUB

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

James Andrew at the Playa Grande Beach Club

When planning a trip, I always seek the most elegant of accommodations that truly capture the essence of place, and Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club absolutely delivered in spades.

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

Once I’ve sorted out a destination I immediately start to consider what to wear – what ensembles would be appropriate and what will help to create the most stunning visual narrative.

For our glorious Dominican Republic respite, I conjured up images of Oscar de la Renta in Punta Cana. My thoughts also turned to my Cuban grandfather, who always looked so chic and impossibly fresh in his freshly ironed and starched gauyabera shirts. I thought a more casual yet still rather dressed up approach for a stay at the Playa Grande Beach Club would be right on target – and the gauyabera, with its Latin chic and Caribbean glamour, simply had to be a key component to this look.

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

The brilliant Cuban born, Miami based designer Debra Torres has a wonderfully unique take on the classic gauyabera shirt – I’m particularly taken with the “David” model and it can be created in a slimmer fit. I introduced myself to Torres and we reminisced about all things Cuba – and of course I ordered some of her fine shirts. needless to say we’ve become fast friends!

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

At the Playa Grande Beach Club

For your own Playa Grande Beach Club getaway, do look up “La Divina” Debra Torres and order your gauyabera shirts!

For today’s image (top) I’m sporting a “David” gauyabera in lrish linen by Debra Torres paired with Tom Ford floral pants, a vintage straw hat, white braided leather sandals by Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.