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Taste

James Andrew - photo by Justin Williams

James Andrew - photo by Justin Williams

Taste is an ongoing and evolving thing born from continued exposure to beauty in all its myriad forms. In fact Mozi, the 5th century BC, Chinese philosopher postulated that it takes three generations to develop taste and a truly educated appreciation for art. While we’re not sure how long it takes, we are certain that it is something that takes time. And one shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry either, the pursuit is actually where all the fun of discovery is! There are so many resources one can take advantage of today to help one along the way—we probably don’t have to list them here do we?

As with anything—business, spiritual awakening, aesthetics, etc.—one should absolutely take advantage of the education acknowledged experts can provide, whether it be through a well curated museum show, or the writings and images of the great style-makers of the past. It may interest you to note that the root meaning of the word “original” isn’t necessarily about what is new, rather it has to do with “origins,” as in beginnings! Of course, to be clear, I’m not advocating rote imitation—as far as I’m concerned, the only real fashion faux pas is being boring—one should instead contemplate what has come before, understand it, and then have the courage to build on one’s aesthetic, trying out fresh and innovative things along the way.

To this end, we hope that what we share here on WIJW has become a sounding board of sorts, as you develop your own unique tastes!

Incidentally, check out my James_Andrew Instagram account (get the app on iphone) — I’m sharing quite a few visual musings there.

Dressed in my own brand of sartorial splendor, I’m off to face the world sporting a Tom Ford era pale beige linen and silk jacket and navy pinstripe linen pant, my shirt is navy cotton with contrast white collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires by Seaman Schepps, sun glasses and python belt by Gucci, pale pink and navy paisley cotton voile pocket square from Ralph Lauren, vintage Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram, ivory suede loafers by Tom Ford and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

17 Comments

  1. Ruby says:

    Fabulous look and percect color combination. All the pieces are perfect.
    Not sure, but I think that I’ve mentioned it before, that royal blue is your colour. Definitely it is! 🙂

  2. little augury says:

    So true-and you do-especially in that cool navy blu.

  3. justin williams says:

    beautifully said

  4. Leo Kempster says:

    WOW JAMES, YOU LOOK AMAZING.

  5. Eliza Doolittle says:

    abso-bloomin-lutely fabulous!

  6. Dean says:

    James,

    You have great taste, and it’s never boring!

    Dean

  7. Love your outfit Darling! You look great in blue and white!

    Hugs,

    Christian

  8. Lola Montes says:

    James! Eres la elegancia personificada! Me encanta cómo te ves!

    cariños,

    Lola

  9. Juana de Esquivel says:

    Yo creo que el gusto se hereda…….

  10. Tom Cavendish says:

    The best time of the day is when I read your blog!

    Big Hug,

    Tom

  11. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Lieber James,

    Blau ist Deine Farbe…….Du bist unendlich elegant…….

    Herzliche Grüsse,

    Mara

  12. Lil´Lilly says:

    Oh James, you have the best taste……. I´ll be visiting NY soon, would love to meet you for coffee.

    love,

    Lil´Lilly

  13. James Andrew says:

    Dear Lil’Lilly,

    Please keep us posted,it will be lovely to meet you.

    Thanks for your continued support and feedback!

    Cheers

    JA

  14. Great look, James!

  15. James Billimek says:

    Love your website, your outlook on life and the way you live it. Just one tiny criticism — The look of your shirts unbuttoned down to your navel are perfectly dreadful. You would be so much more chic and gentlemanly with a few more buttons done up. Thanks. James

  16. Nacho Corral says:

    Beautiful Blazer!!!!!

  17. James Andrew says:

    Hello James,

    Thank You for your support and feedback.

    However we may have different ideas of what it means to be chic and “gentlemanly”.

    Being a gentleman for me has always been about respect for others,manners,a lack of pretentiousness, not judging others and being concerned about the well being of those around us- not about where I should button or unbutton my shirt.

    Cheers

    JA

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