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WIJW BEGINNINGS

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

Hard to believe, but I’ve been sharing my musings on style and taste here for nearly a decade!

It was a rather casual affair back in the summer of 2008, visiting my favorite shops and galleries, and documenting holidays throughout the world – generally our very own Scott Mcbee would snap the the pics or really anyone who was available. Clearly the quality of many of these images was not exactly the best, but there was something immediate and interesting about them, and many found the WIJW concept interesting. Certainly much of the interest the site garnered had to do with the way I put myself out there in such an unusual way. Initial posts were just a few lines and a photo of me on location – a day in the life of a New York based interior designer.

When during that first year I caught the attention of several global mainstream publications – Elle Decor UK, and the London Telegraph for instance – I realized it was time to up my game! I began writing more involved posts and started working with up and coming photographers. They taught me a lot about what constituted a good photograph. Lars Stephan was one of the first photographers I started working with – he’d bark commands at me: “suck in your gut, chin down, stand up straight…!” Having survived all that, I started to realize some of the fantastic creative potential for the images we were making, and I actually began to enjoy the whole process. Since then, I’ve had so many more super chic collaborations.

I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane. We’ll be sharing a bit more of the evolution of WIJW in upcoming posts!

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

WIJW - Beginnings

WIJW – Beginnings

6 Comments

  1. When did I meet you at that incredible house in New York with David Patrick Columbia? That antique dealers house??? You either had just been photographed for NYSD ; or just published!! I will never forget!!!
    You two are the BEST!!! AS IS DPC!!!!

  2. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    It was at Carlton Hobbs- and yes what a thrill to meet you!

    You have been a constant source of light and inspiration!

    All my best

    JA

  3. LA CONTESSA says:

    I ADORE THOSE CURTAINS YOU WERE HOLDING IN A SHOWROOM I WOULD IMAGINE!HOW FABULOUS THE EUROPEAN MAGAZINES FOUND YOU!DID ANYTHING BECOME OF THAT?I FOUND YOU WHEN YOU WENT TO PENELOPE”S HOUSE, so how long ago was THAT?Feels like yesterday!

  4. Dean Farris says:

    James!

    Great look back at WIJW !
    I always think that WIJW stands for Wow! It’s James! Wow!

    PS, Penelope B, I met James at the Old Naples “cottage” of the late Albert Hadley- and haven’t been the same since!

    Dean

  5. James Andrew says:

    Darling La Contessa ,

    That was one of the most fabulous fabrics!!!

    It has already been several years since that visit- we are very overdue for a return!

    Much Love

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    Thank You!

    I have always attemped to create images and posts that were Epic/Iconic!

    I miss Albert terribly!

    That was a magical time with him in Naples!

    All Best

    JA

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