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In the first of a continued series, The Man of Style interviews James Andrew.  Interior Designer and prolific blogger of What is James Wearing, James has a flawless eye for style in both the worlds of interiors and fashion.  Always looking dapper, James is often seen at important events wearing the likes of Tom Ford and Gucci (both favorites).  Let’s get to know James a little better, shall we?
James Andrew

 The Man of Style: What was the definitive event or experience that made you decide to become an Interior Designer?

James Andrew: Seeing Ann and Gordon Getty’s house decorated by Parish Hadley in Vogue in 1977.

James’s NYC sitting room

Visit www.jamesandrewinteriordesign.com for more on his work 

James at the Liz O’brien showroom

James stands next to a dining table by Jansen and dining chairs by Frances Elkins (which he owns a set of).

Albert Hadley

MOS: What person, if you could only name one, would you say has had the greatest impact on you in your career?

 
JA: Albert Hadley
 
James once worked for the prestigious design firm Parish-Hadley.  Hadley stands (above) in front of a wall covered in a fabric of his design.  Hadley continues to inspire James Andrew and many more, including myself.
James at the Frick Ball wearing Gucci

MOS: What is your ultimate dream project?  A particular building or space, or something in fashion?

JA: I would love to design a hotel and a line of clothing.

MOS: What is the key to a successful design?

JA: Well thought out and planned, design that is sympathetic to the architecture, that creates the perfect back drop for my clients to enjoy the good life, originality, the best quality workmanship and a clean purposeful point of view all working together to create something elegant, classic and exciting.

MOS: What do you believe to be the greatest addition to design, or who has been the greatest contributor?

JA: Well, besides myself and my rantings on WIJW, there are endless books, magazines and more recently blogs- like An Aethetes Lament and so many others.

Check out www.whatisjameswearing.com for the latest in fashion, design and events in the world of James Andrew.

MOS: What 10 things can you NOT live without?

JA: 1. Positive thoughts and feelings

2. My beloved Scott McBee

3. All my fantastic friends

James’s beloved dog Nigel

4. My beloved whippetts Rupert and  Nigel- who sadly have both passed this past year

5. Travel and exploring the world 

menswear by Tom Ford

6. Tom Ford 

Creed fragrance

7. Creed fragrances

 
8. My books
 
9. My collection of furniture and art
tabletop by James Andrew

 10. My china, crystal and silverware

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