Who is James?
I have always been fascinated by style, fashion, interiors, architecture, art, and how people lived. As a child I could not wait to devour the latest GQ, my mother’s abandoned issues of Vogue, books and iconic films. I dreamt of a very different way of life – where people traveled the world, wore amazing clothes, lived in beautiful homes and had fabulous parties. It’s not surprising that I became an interior designer! See: James Andrew Interior Design
Perhaps it was the passion with which I focused my attention that brought all of these things to me; I am a strong believer in “The Law of Attraction,” a la Abraham-Hicks
In high school, once I started earning my own money, I became obsessed with clothes. That obsession has evolved quite a bit. In my younger days, I looked to clothes to make me feel better about myself; now I view clothing as an opportunity to express my individuality, and to celebrate who I am.
I make a point every day to put together complete looks that are both fashionable, and classic. I love a mixture of old school and fashion, trying to keep a vibe that is young, sexy, and fresh – appropriate for where and what I am doing. I usually lean toward being a bit more dressed up – elegant, without being overly formal. I also like to challenge staid ideas regarding menswear, pushing the boundaries a bit beyond what is traditionally considered “masculine.”
I plan my outfits for vacations as if I were putting together a collection to be shown at Bryant Park – generally coming up with a theme based on my destination: Texan in St Tropez or Millionaire in Morocco!
Each season, I preview all the collections to see what is available. I establish a direction for the season, picking what I feel are the most striking pieces, while taking into account what will mix well with pieces from past collections I have purchased. Often, I will have a few shirts made. I also spend time finding the right accessories – shoes, pocket squares – I try not to neglect any detail, making sure to secure the right bags, cuff links, etc…
People respond to my sense of style: I am constantly getting looks and comments, both good and bad. After all, if everyone liked what I was doing I would think I was surely doing something wrong! Thankfully, most of the feedback I get is good.
Much of the inspiration behind creating “What is James Wearing?” has come from my multi-talented friend, Ngo Okafor; He provided invaluable encouragement and the final push I needed to actualize this forum.
I am grateful to all for this opportunity to share my passion.
Say what you like
Do what you feel
You know exactly who you are
The time is right now
You got to decide
Stand in the back or be the star
Madonna, Hard candy cd, track 8, Beat Goes On