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BOUGIES RIGAUD

Bougies Rigaud candle in my home.

Bougies Rigaud candle in my home.

I can clearly remember the first time I came across the ravishing scent of a Rigaud “Cyrpes” candle. It was in the home of a most divine doyenne friend of mine, and absolutely the epitome of WASP chic. From then on I’ve always had Rigaud Cypres at home.

Rigaud candles are burning fragrances from a perfumer with a 166 year history, and they’ve been a favorite of some major style icons like Diana Vreeland who’d have the original scent, “Green Cypress,” burning at the Vogue offices in New York. And when Jacqueline Kennedy discovered that the French Ambassador fancied Rigaud for their New York offices – she brought Rigaud candles to the White House. The list goes on. Suffice it to say, Rigaud has developed a fabulous following of global glitteratti!

There are now many other fragrances available from Rigaud. Some of my favorites are Tournesol, Rose, and of course Gardenia (especially with the gold cap and base that I have photographed in my home above).

In the world of luxury candles, Rigaud certainly stands out. Why not scent your home with a few of these classic beauties?!

For the picture above, you’ll note that I’ve flanked a Rigaud Gardenia candle with a pair of Jean Roger frogs – classic French chic at its best!

AT GERALD BLAND

James Andrew at Gerald Bland. Photo by Larson Harley

James Andrew at Gerald Bland. Photo by Larson Harley

As an interior designer I’m always on the prowl for the most unique and sublime things for my clients. After all, that’s why they hire me! It’s what I have to do to create ravishing rooms for them.

To this end I’ve found a handful of antiques dealers who have the most exquisite eye – and we’ve featured many of them right here on WIJW! Today we celebrate the genius of Gerald Bland. He simply always has the most marvelous mix of styles and periods from 17th right on up to the 21st century – he loves to juxtapose modern art with antiques, brilliantly re-imagining pieces of antique furniture in contemporary ways.

Gerald Bland

Gerald Bland

With a museum curator’s knowledge of 18th century decorative arts – it’s not surprising that he ran the English furniture department at Sotheby’s for 10 years – Bland brings a rather fresh and fabulous take on antiques, making them perfectly at home with works by the likes of legendary ceramicist Eve Kaplan and other contemporary artists.

A visit to Gerald Bland is always a delight and an education. In an era that seems to have abandoned antiques, Bland masterfully demonstrates how we can live graciously surrounded by the beauty and soulfulness of pieces from bygone eras making them fresh and totally of today!

Gerald Bland

Gerald Bland


At Gerald Bland. Chippendale mahogany serpentine-fronted sofa. English, Circa 1770 Width: 86 inches Seat height: 17 in. Back height: 39 in.

At Gerald Bland. Chippendale mahogany serpentine-fronted sofa.
English, Circa 1770
Width: 86 inches Seat height: 17 in. Back height: 39 in.

Basking in the beauty at Gerald Bland I’m photographed (top) by the endlessly talented Larson Harley. I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown wool silk herringbone tweed jacket, brown micro check cotton shirt, brown wool knit tie and an ivory and brown silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps cufflinks in ebony, rosewood, sandalwood and walnut with citrines, Hermes “Deux Zones” Cape Cod watch, bespoke brown suede chukka boots by Awl And Sundry, brown watch wool tartan pants by Phineas Cole at Paul Stuart, and my fragrance is Tom Ford London.

AWL AND SUNDRY BESPOKE SHOES

Awl and Sundry bespoke shoes.

Awl and Sundry bespoke shoes.

I was recently introduced to handcrafted custom shoes by Awl & Sundry through an exciting collaboration with Vibeke Grytbak. These smashing brown suede chukka boots I am sporting were exactly what I was looking for – a classic look for Autumn/Winter ensembles and something versatile that works well for both casual and more dressed up looks.

Awl and Sundry shoes fill a niche for those who like the idea of exclusive bespoke shoes (and who doesn’t?), but who don’t want to pay the exhorbinant prices of, say, John Lobb or George Cleverly. Awl and Sundry’s shoes are hand made in Tuscany – one pair at a time – using only the highest grade full grain leather and they use proprietary 3D technology to give you the most perfect, personalized fit – oh, and they are less than $500. Think of how many ill-fitting and uncomfortable shoes you’ve purchased throughout your life! Well you can forget about that ever happening again.

Today I paired my chukkas with terrific Brown Watch wool tartan pants by Phineas Cole at Paul Stuart.

Stay tuned for much more and do peruse their website and Instagram feed to inspire YOUR very own pair of bespoke shoes!