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James Andrew, Interior Designer

James Andrew, Interior Designer

As many of you know, I’m certainly not one to settle for little dreams or fantasies. But that is not to say I don’t think it’s a good idea to occasionally regroup and reevaluate. While knowing that delays don’t necessarily mean denials, it still makes good sense to have a close look at what might not be working, and to also see what strengths one might be underutilizing — networks one might not be using to their best advantage, etc., etc..

At its inception some years ago, WIJW was founded as a platform for me to promote my interior design business in a fun, interesting, and novel way…the idea of a New York City based interior designer traveling the world and sharing his musings on style and taste. To be sure, my travels provide inspiration for the interiors I am creating for clients, as do the many diverse artists that I meet and the many wonderful people and things I see along the way. Since its inception, we have evolved quite a bit, and in some instances, have strayed a bit from our original intent. My brilliant friend, interior designer/entrepreneur Howard Slatkin observed recently that perhaps I wasn’t sharing enough of my life as interior designer and might use this forum as well as Instagram and Facebook to better advantage by focusing more on my interior design work. The truth is, he may have a point; I’ve been approached by quite a few people who know WIJW but who weren’t aware of what I actually do for a living! It seems many consider me something more along the lines of a modern day dandy, a bon vivant, a self styled 70s flâneur, not so much the hard working interior designer that I actually am!

I do intend to take my friend’s advice to heart, and look forward to sharing a bit more interior design and decoration which is, after all, where I first cut my teeth as a young man in NYC, applying the talent I developed working with such greats as Ralph Lauren and Albert Hadley to my own commissioned projects both here and abroad. Of course as one striving to be a well-rounded aesthete, I’ll continue to share many forms of the arts as well as other fascinating topics in service to the ideals of elevated living we champion here on WIJW—but with a little shift of emphasis back to our primary vocation: that of fine decoration and design.

Stay tuned!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in amethyst wool silk tri-color windowpane plaid (click to see another shot of this jacket) and white cotton French cuff shirt, black pearl cuff links, Hermes grey silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci lavender silk tie, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, Paul Smith grey wool pants, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford era Gucci black leather tasseled loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing gel for a bit of mid winter glow, and my fragrance is Creed Himalaya.

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  1. Dean Farris says:

    I love WIJW, and I think it’s a great form of creative expression for you-
    and it would be lovely to see more of your work, even work in progress-
    although I wouldn’t want it to be at the expense of appearing in all the shelter magazines!
    Keep doing what you are doing!

  2. La Contessa says:

    The grey and the purple…….swoon worthy!
    Okay,do share more of your work but do keep telling us what you are wearing right down to the fragrance please!I love that.
    Your Contessa in California,

  3. La Comtesse Lola says:

    My Dearest, Darling James:

    One of the most endearing things about you and Mr. McBee, is that not only are you both immensely talented and hard working (and oh so handsome!), but you are both such great “sharers”, and wonderful listeners. Even though you could hold the spotlight easily, you always share your stage, allowing everybody to shine (and if you came across someone who just can’t quite shine on their own, you even give them a bit of your sparkle!!). You both have that innate ability to make every man, woman and child feel like they are the only one in the room, the only one with your full attention.

    And although these are amazing and endearing traits, sadly I realize that you are correct, we have not asked enough about another part of you, your passions, your mind, your heart; we haven’t learned enough about your work, we should be asking you to share that, allowing it to really unfurl like a bright banner, for all to see, experience, enjoy!

    So bravo Mr. Slatkin, for seeing beyond the clothes to the man, and graciously pointing out we can experience both making this just the beginning of a truly wonderous relationship!

    Bravo Mr Andrew! Light up your rooms for all to see! Bravo Mr. McBee! Share with us your canvases! I can’t wait to learn more about you! You walk in beauty, inside, outside and all around you! And thank you most of all for taking me along with you.


  4. James Andrew says:

    My Darling La Comtessa Lola,

    Thank You!

    I feel it very important to share these ideas, things that I am learning, life lessons etc – in hopes that others may find some help/answers as well.

    It is also I think part of our mission here on this plane to share ,to help others in any way we can- so having this platform has provided me with another vehicle to not only promote myself but others as well.

    Howard Slatkin has been a great inspiration and his tremendous support and invaluable input has been rather transformative.

    I am blessed to have him as a friend!

    So when are you coming to NYC so we can continue you this conversation over a few martinis!

    Love, Light and Lot’s of Blessings


  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    Thank You!

    It is important to check in with ourselves from time to time.

    Not drift too far from our missions.



  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Contessa,

    Not to worry – we will continue to share ALL of these aspects with just a bit more emphasis on interior design and decoration.



  7. James Andrew says:

    Hi there Bradley Clifford,

    Thank You!

    SO very sweet of you!

    Hugs and Kisses


  8. Dean Farris says:


    Thanks, (for the reminder) I always am wondering- “what would Albert do?” What a great mutual friend and mentor he was to both of us!


  9. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Oh Good Lord James! If I could, I would be in NY tonight! And yes, I’d be the one waiting for you at the bar, in a black dress, with red lipstick, and a very very dry (“Listen Darlin” I’d purr to the bartender, ” If the vermouth bottle is in the same room, that’s enough!”) vodka martini…

    …One of these days, my friend. But maybe you should be careful what you wish for lol!


  10. James Andrew says:

    My Darling La Comtesse Lola,

    We would welcome you with open arms, Baccarat martini glasses and all kinds of other goodies- perhaps Monkey Bar, The Four Seasons,The Carlye,11 Madison- we could visit all our fav gorgeous bar men around town.

    Alas- a Montecito martini may be in order- I am trusting the cosmos will somehow catapult us back.

    Until then,



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