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INSPIRATION AFRICAINE

James Andrew

James Andrew

I have some super chic clients in Florida who’ve had a life-long love of all things Africa, and their many travels to Africa have provided us (my clients and me) with some fascinating decorative pieces to work with. Despite these many trips abroad, it has been a daunting task to amass enough objects for a room with nearly 15 foot high ceilings, so I’ve been snapping up some wonderful pieces at the newly reinvigorated flea market on West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenues here in NYC. Up until recently the flea market has been a vapor of what it once was, so I’m hugely pleased to have this as a fabulous resource again.

African masks

African masks

There are several dealers here who specialize in a multitude of art, crafts, and textiles from Africa, and consequently I’ve had great luck purchasing fabrics to make some truly unique one-of-a kind pillows and upholstered ottomans, among many other applications.

African beads

African beads

The place has a great assortment of richly colored beads as well, which I’ve used simply as objet du table or to adorn the occasional classical bust for a touch of the exotic. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling quite inspired! I’ll be sure to share more on this project as we get further along.

African fabrics

African fabrics

A rather casual WIJW today, I’m mixing high and low, with a Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply olive linen sweater, Uniqlo khaki slim cargo pants and white cotton pique long sleeve top, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, Adriano Meneghetti military belt in olive waxed cotton and leather, Hildestahl Valfrid tote Tom Ford, Dimitry sunglasses, and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

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ENDLESS SUMMER

James Andrew

James Andrew

Labor Day inevitably ushers in mass dismay; the general consensus is that summer is over! (though it is still weeks before its official demise) —— meanwhile, temperatures continue to be well over ninety degrees! What is all the rush about? I for one am quite happy to extend summer as long as the weather lasts. My beloved Scott McBee feels the same way, and so we’ve booked a trip to Lyford this coming week for some extended summer fun, sun, and sea. In the meantime, at home, I continue to stocks cases of rosé and I’m still serving up the best of Alex Hitz’s summer recipes.

I do enjoy autumn, and certainly look forward to a change in wardrobe, but we here at WIJW are not quite ready to give up on our colors, silks, and linens!

For our picture today, I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal and white dot print shirt and a royal retro print pocket square, Uniqlo white jeans, KJP woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, royal blue suede espadrilles by Ralph Lauren, my fragrance Tom Ford, Costa Azzura.

A WEEKEND AT WYNKOOP

James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

James Andrew (and Emma) at Wynkoop

After our fabulous visit to DIA:Beacon we were off to Wynkoop House – I’ve been eagerly anticipating seeing my friends’ house for some years, and boy was it worth the wait. Wynkoop is a stately 18th century stone manor house filled with period treasures and is incredibly well preserved, with practically all of the original paint intact. Apparently the last owner was born there and lived in the house until she died – she was sadly lacking in resources, but as it turned out, her somewhat limited state of affairs kept the place virtually unchanged for nearly 90 years.

wynkoop_bedMy friends are incredibly stylish and they just get everything right. The property is perfection, from the incredible interiors to the glorious gardens (where we had the most elegant garden tea, made all the more so by the very elegant greyhound, Emma). Wynkoop is a glimpse into the 18th century without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences one could possibly want. There are also some good dining out options nearby, and I was treated to a rather delicious dinner at Cucina Restaurant in Woodstock. They serve innovative Italian cuisine in a really stunning setting, including a porch for al fresco dining. Nothing could be better than to enjoy a few lush and languid days surrounded by friends, nature, and beauty – all this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m already planning a return to Wynkoop in the autumn!

Incidentally, Wynkoop House is available for photo shoots, weddings, parties, or simply as a private escape destination.

Wynkoop

At Wynkoop

Photographed in one of the Wynkoop gardens with Emma (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gucci retro floral print cotton voile shirt, silk and hemp shorts by Our Legacy, Adriano Meneghetti “Military” belt in olive braided waxed cotton and leather with silver buckle, Tom Ford brown leather sandals, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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