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James Andrew, Boston. photo ACS

James Andrew, Boston. photo ACS


A friend’s surprise 50th birthday bash in Boston provided the perfect excuse to revisit my old stomping grounds. This was an uber-fab affair at The Four Seasons—no expense was spared with limitless oysters and a sea of martinis (and they actually pulled off keeping this a secret from said birthday boy right up to the moment!).

The next day was all about connecting with Alexander Coster Scott—brilliant artist, renaissance man, and my dearest long-standing friend. We met many years ago while I was working at the Copley Ralph Lauren store. Scott had the most gorgeous long blond hair and an incredible physique. I had a major crush on him, but alas, he was not on my team so to speak. We did however begin one of my first EPIC bro-mances and he made for a perfect escort (the boy had his own tux) for all the rather posh affairs I was invited to. I was also smitten quite early on by Scott’s art, which I promptly started showing at Ralph Lauren. I’ve been collecting (and placing) his work ever since!

It was so wonderful this past weekend to revisit and share with my beloved Scott McBee (who accompanied me from NYC) many of my old Boston haunts. Along with Alex Coster Scott (we’ve got two Scotts here) and his glamorous gal pal Dr. Wendy Chao we re-visited the incredible Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s a truly unusual mishmash of a mansion without any detectable sense of decor logic, but its priceless art and turn-of-the-century head-turning density made it absolutely well worth a visit on a blustery autumn day.

On a crisp walk back from the Gardner along the Back Bay Fens to Coster Scott’s flat nearby, he snapped the beautiful image of me for WIJW (top). Then we all retreated inside, where he gave us an art viewing over fortifying glasses of sherry and Huntsman cheese (a Prince Charles fave).

Coster Scott, Untitled (Olmsted) 40" x 40" silver gelatin print.

Coster Scott, Untitled (Olmsted) 40″ x 40″ silver gelatin print.

Coster Scott’s latest work focuses on Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace in Boston, capturing the many different aspects and evolutions of his creations – “…the awful and the awfully beautiful” as Coster Scott describes it. This gifted photographer has somehow figured out how to re-imagine the landscape genre in a fresh and exciting new way, and I of course had to have one of his latest: a 40″ inch silver gelatin print of a luscious landscape rendered in a circle…absolute genius. Needless to say there won’t be many left in this edition as I’ll be making my clients snatch up every single one. Do make your purchase straight away!

Our visit was way too short…I’m not sure what we were thinking by not spending the entire weekend…it would have been so delicious to have had a bit more time with my old friend. Of course we are anxious to return…in the meantime, my new photograph and the many works by Coster Scott I have amassed over the years keep the spirit of him close.

For a sublime Boston Saturday, I’m sporting a Tom Ford rustic charcoal wool silk mouline “priest hat” tweed “Country” jacket and teal and green silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci yellow cashmere turtleneck sweater, Paul Smith black watch wool tartan pants, Tom Ford brown suede tasseled loafers, Rolex watch, Gucci aviator sunglasses Hildestahl “Valfrid” leather tote and my fragrance Creed Royal-Oud.

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14 Comments

  1. wendy woo says:

    What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Revisiting old friends and making new memories!

  2. Wow! Now I know why you are so euro in your point of view- Boston is probably one of the most beautiful and “euro” of the US cities!
    A great portrait, and the 40 x 40 print is to die for!

    XX Dean

  3. Antipodean says:

    Ahhh….

    Boston, a sea of martinis and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Now, THAT’S a weekend!

    I have this mad image of ISG charging all over Europe, cheque book in hand buying up all the treasures now on display.

    I think Boston just added itself to my itinerary for next year!

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Wendy,

    It was indeed and how fab that we missed our train so we were able to enjoy a few more precious moments.

    Love

    JA

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Dean,

    Boston as you know my old stomping grounds!

    Tell everyone about the gorgeous work of Alexander Scott- I am sure some of your super chic clients would love to snatch up a few pieces.

    Love

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Antipodean,

    I love your visual and frankly not very far from the truth – she was indeed a true and perhaps very original opulent boheme.

    Let me know if you venture to Boston – happy to load you with some super chic suggestions.

    Cheers

    JA

  7. La Contessa says:

    Sounds like the most divine get-a-way.People,places and your charming friends.Where will you hang your new photo??Do tell……….

  8. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Contessa,

    It was indeed a divine get-a-way albeit a bit too short.

    Speaking of divine- your latest post is so Everything!

    You and your chickens and exquisite boys – marvelous!

    Love and Light

    JA

  9. ramsay says:

    Dear James,

    It’s always nice visiting friends and familiar places. Per your background in the photo, I’m sure that Boston this time of the year was breath taking. Beautiful scenery but talk about looking like a million bucks – your outfit/look is stunning! Thumbs up!

  10. James Andrew says:

    Dear Ramsay,

    Boston was so very beautiful, a lovely change from NYC and glorious to spend time with old friends.

    I am always attempting to align my vibration with millions of dollars- act the part, fake it till you make it kind of thing 😉

    Cheers

    JA

  11. ramsay says:

    Dear James,

    Not sure how much ‘fake it’ you have to do!! You have definitely made it and inspiring many to follow your lead.

    All the best……

  12. James Andrew says:

    Dear Ramsay,

    I guess the important thing is to feel as good – AS IF- all that we wanted was already here for us now.

    “The secret to having it all is feeling like you already do”

    Light and Blessings

    JA

  13. Matt says:

    Fall perfection Mr Andrew !

  14. James Andrew says:

    Why thank you Mr Matt,

    Such a great shot, perfect lighting and the genius of Alexander Coster Scott.

    Cheers

    JA

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