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BRUCE CAMERON CLARK BESPOKE CLOTHIER

James Andrew Palm Beach

James Andrew Palm Beach

I usually have a good idea of the kinds of pieces I want to add to my wardrobe, but it is not always the case that I can actually find the envisioned article at one of my usual haunts. Enter the bespoke clothier Bruce Cameron Clark, who cut his teeth under the Savile Row, Tommy Nutter (the illustrious tailor who along with Mr. Fish essentially re-invented the Savile Row look in the 60s and 70s for an adventurous set of globe trotters, and who’s eye inspired countless present day designers like Tom Ford. See our piece Real Men Wear Whatever they Want.

Bruce Cameron Clark shirt for WIJW

Bruce Cameron Clark shirt for WIJW

Clark brings that Savile Row legacy to the table, offering the best of all worlds, and has simply dressed everyone — from rock stars to royalty. Knowing I was to spend Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, the challenge I set forth was to create a 60s 70s hey day Palm Beach look, and enthusiastically Clark (I think my daring has made a steadfast friend in the man) showed me this superb Liberty-of-London-esque micro orchid print in shades of red, pink, and navy, and we agreed that a contrast white collar and French cuffs would make the whole thing impossibly fresh. It’s a hit, and I must say I’ve received torrents of unsolicited inquiries regarding this beautiful shirt!

Perhaps you’d like to have your own bespoke creation? Do give Bruce Cameron Clark a ring and make an appointment to visit him at his atelier: Bruce Cameron Clark Bespoke Clothier, 968 Lexington Avenue New York City, Tel. 212-772-7701 — tell him that we sent you!

For a most perfect Palm Beach day, I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, a brilliant Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a Liberty-of-London-esque micro orchid cotton print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Tom Ford blue and white print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, woven red and navy belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, pearl with pale blue sapphire cuff links, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a sun kissed glow via Tom Ford bronzing gel.

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VIA VESPA

James Andrew - vintage Vesp

James Andrew – vintage Vespa


While driving a golf cart through Lyford and West Palm Beach is pretty fun, I recently took a spin on one of my client’s gorgeous vintage Vespas, and I’m hooked! I often work with clients to scout out perfect properties around the world, and I pride myself with having a comprehensive sense of what my clients prefer, what their needs are, and whether a property has potential to fill those needs — generally this saves a great deal of time and effort for all involved!

A couple of clients who are currently living in “Welly World” (an insider’s term for the Palm Beach Polo Club and the general surrounds 20 minutes west of Palm Beach) are looking to switch homes, so I spent a bit of time recently sifting through possibilities. Most of Palm Beach Polo was developed in the 70s and 80s and now many of these homes are in need of a facelift, but there really is a lot one can do with some judicious landscaping and a few well selected edits to transform many of these places into rather ravishing homes! Taking a spin around on a vintage Vespa was not only great fun but a highly effective way to get the lay of the land, so to speak, and I did happen to find a few places that look quite promising! We’ll see where this all leads. ;)

Dressed for my Vespa adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford Indigo and Ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal cotton pants, pale blue micro herringbone cotton shirt with French cuffs, ocean blue and white dot print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, woven blue leather Adriano Meneghetti belt, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Costa Azzura fragrance and a touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for that sun kissed glow.

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WORTH AVENUE PALM BEACH

James Andrew, Worth Avenue

James Andrew, Worth Avenue

I first visited Palm Beach in the 70’s, and ever since, the Mizner designed Worth Avenue with its Mediterranean feel and many connecting Vias continues to be one of my favorite destinations.

One of the charming Vias off of Worth Avenue

One of the charming Vias off of Worth Avenue

Alas, Worth Avenue has changed quite a bit, becoming more of a Rodeo Drive with an overabundance of jewelry stores and hideous art galleries — and sadly no Tom Ford boutique.

Cashmere at Trillion

Cashmere at Trillion

That being said, happily one can still find unique shops and boutiques that capture the classic Palm Beach of yore. A few of my favorites: Trillion – one is greated by a rainbow of cashmere sweaters there; the retro chic Kassatly Inc. (Fine Linens & Lingerie) located at 250 Worth Avenue where I always snap up Madeira ladies in lingerie cocktail napkins which I think make a most perfect hostess gift; the Leta Austin Foster boutique at 64 Via Mizner certainly has one of the most sublime selections of homewares; Mary Mahoney who has a plethora of marvelous tabletop collections along with quite a range of other items.

And after all of that shopping do stop at Pizza al Fresco or perhaps Renato’s for a lovely and restorative luncheon — both have splendid outdoor dining – which is exactly what one wants in Palm Beach!

Detail

Ironwork detail

Enjoying this elegant enclave, I’m feeling very Windsor, making a grand promenade. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford navy cotton dot print shirt, vintage red and royal linen pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, Ralph Lauren red alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex, Gucci white leather loafers and tote bag, Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino fragrance, and Tom Ford bronzing gel for a sun kissed glow.

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