James Andrew – the North Fork
I always have great fun planning trips and creating ensembles that not only express my personal brand of sartorial splendor, but that work with the setting. Only when all is considered, am I able to produce convincing fully fleshed out narratives for WIJW. As a fashion blogger (and avid Instagram poster) there is always preparation and planning involved – what will one wear to the beach, for dinner…etc…etc?
I’m of the Oscar Wilde school: “…you can never be over-dressed or over-educated.” Case and point – for my long weekend on the North Fork (a small, extremely casual and laid back town village by the sea) I only packed three blazers! For many of you, this might be considered a bit extreme, however this sort of thing is quite normal for me – and I know our super chic hosts appreciated my effort!
This is what I call “casual chic” – blazers with shorts, blazers with khakis or white jeans, and voila, one is looking rather smart. Of course one should have the right belts, pocket squares, and shoes to truly complete each ensemble.
Today’s photo is an excellent example of how I brought my own brand of chic to Orient Village. It’s all perfectly appropriate for the setting, but still on the dressed up end of the spectrum. I’m wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren madras blazer, Tom Ford khaki pants, a bespoke red and white pin striped shir with contrast white collar and cuffs by Bruce Cameron Clark, red, white and blue linen pocket square from Bergdorf Goodman, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red crocodile belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, needle point slippers by Ralph Lauren, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.
James Andrew – Orient Village
Despite my love affair with New York City, I do often crave the green of nature and smell of the sea. That being said, when an invitation arrives from the North Fork, we’re definitely on board!
In fact, thanks to some impossibly chic friends of ours, Independence Day weekend there is becoming somewhat of a tradition for us – it’s a brilliant time to catch up over fabulous food and wonderful wines, and it’s all set in the serene Orient Village. The whole affair really is terribly therapeutic, providing the perfect environment to clear the mental clutter, and to touch base with one’s inner tranquility. Now, the real trick will be to bring a bit of that stillness back to the city!
Orient Village, what can I say, it’s the most sublime slice of small town America.
For our 4th of July picture (above) I’m seated in front of the Oysterponds Historical Society located in the heart of Orient Village. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Our Legacy hemp and silk shorts, woven cotton belt by Adriano Meneghetti (not seen) Polo Ralph Lauren royal blue leather driving moccasins, Turnbull and Asser retro print blue on blue silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Jo Malone 154 Cologne, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow – photo by the endlessly talented Scott McBee.
James Andrew – Four Freedoms Park (click to enlarge)
I’ve been rather remiss in not having posted anything in so long, and do apologize to you! I found myself needing a brief hiatus to attend to pressing things and, yes, to take a breather.
Now I’m happy to say that I’m feeling refreshed, and recharged!
Tune in to WIJW soon for upcoming summertime adventures! First off, we’ll be returning to the delightful North Fork for Independence Day weekend. We’re also sorting out a visit to my old stomping ground, Newport, Rhode Island, where you can be sure we’ll be creating the most epic of Great Gatsby fantasies! #technologicalreincarnationofthegreatgatsby. Also, Scott McBee is threatening to take me to St. Barts in August for some very welcome sun, sand, and sea!
In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some beautiful books on our WIJW summer reading list, and we’ll also be bringing you yet another of my divine dining room transformations.
Four Freedoms Park provides a marvelously minimal, super-chic backdrop for our photograph above. I’m wearing a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, linen voile royal gingham check shirt, royal silk pocket square and cobalt cotton pants, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino fragrance and a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.