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James Andrew

James Andrew

So often in life we are presented with problems – our initial reaction is to judge the situation as “bad.” We get caught up in the drama of it all and often end up in a downward spiral, adding fuel to that descent as we go. In the thick of it, it is rather challenging to take a moment to see that opportunities can come disguised as problems.

When I was in the employ of Ralph Lauren I was offered a situation working for both Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales — the mission was to create more authentic Ralph Lauren Boutiques within the Bloomingdales stores. Well, it didn’t turn out well, and it was a torturous year for me. The position was soon eliminated and I was left without a job. The only position available was to work as a salesperson at the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue. My ego was telling me that this was a real step down. To add to things, I had not done retail sales in years. Well, it turned out that the job was an absolute goldmine for interior design clients. New projects were constantly coming my way. One day I’d just totally burned out on the retail world, and I told myself that if I got one more client, I’d give notice. That very afternoon, I found a new client and thus began James Andrew Interior Design Inc., and a new chapter in my life.

Life is never perfect, there will always be issues. It really comes down to how we deal with them. The best advice I know is to focus on solutions and not “problems.” Take time to find the gift within — even if it is seems too difficult during the worst of things, trust that the opportunity will reveal itself soon enough!

James Andrew ensemble. detail

James Andrew ensemble. detail

To get a much needed dose of the countryside while remaining in NYC, I headed to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. In 1826, the bustle of the city didn’t extend beyond 14th Street, and the Mount Vernon was considered a fashionable country resort! I am sporting a Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, chartreuse linen cardigan, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren khaki pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford pale olive woven suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.



James Andrew -- the Polo Bar

James Andrew — the Polo Bar

I’m hearing a lot of chatter about Labor Day weekend marking the unofficial end of the summer season. I don’t get it. I for one am planning to extend summer right on through October! A jaunt to Palm Beach, Miami or Lyford may help with all of this and, fingers crossed, a nice trip to Portugal in October will complete our vacation trifecta. The fact is, we love off-season travel — fewer traveling throngs to compete with, and more beach front vistas (and rosé!) for us!

JamesAndrew Polo Bar ensemble.

James Andrew Polo Bar ensemble.

With all of our upcoming plans still in the works, we spent a lovely Labor Day weekend in town. I took my beloved Scott McBee to the uber chic Polo Bar. It’s a restaurant that feels more like a private club (and is one of Ralph Lauren’s favorites). Old School fabulousness all ’round, the place is absolute perfection. We can’t wait to return!

James Andrew -- Seagram fountain.

James Andrew — Seagram fountain.

For a special evening, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren madras jacket and needlepoint slippers, Tom Ford white cotton pants, a Charvet yellow and ivory retro print silk pocket square, a bespoke shirt in a mini floral, Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs by Savile Row tailor, Bruce Cameron Clark, a navy and red regimental striped belt by Adrianno Meneghetti, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is the newly launched Creed Mayfair, a fragrance originally called Windsor and created for the Duke of Windsor.


This Summer has been surprisingly busy with work and complicated construction for the refurbishment of client apartments. Sadly this has not allowed me much time for a proper summer holiday, and as such, I’ve had to satisfy myself vicariously through my friends and their various accounts of divine destinations.

Of course we here at WIJW HAVE had some rather fabulous getaways — witness the above montage! Thankfully come September Scott McBee and I are planning a personal extension of the summer season by taking a mini holiday — perhaps a long weekend in Miami and then on to Portugal in October! We will of course keep you posted ;)

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