Most stylish New Yorkers: James Andrew

The dapper interior-design whiz and style blogger models his gentlemanly duds.

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    "It's a modern-day country-squire-in-the-city look," Andrew says of this eclectic ensemble. He accents the corduroy jacket, checked pants and scarf, all from Gucci, with a purple shirt from Turnbull & Asser (42 E 57th St between Madison and Park Aves; 212-752-5700, turnbullandasser.com).

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    Andrew picked up this vintage Rolex Daytona gold watch from Tourneau (locations throughout the city; visit tourneau.com). The peccary gloves are Gucci (locations throughout the city; visit gucci.com), and the citrine-and-sapphire cuff links are from Seaman Schepps (485 Park Ave at 58th St, 212-753-9520).

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    A Gucci python belt with a silver horse-head buckle adds a quirky element to the look. "I fell in love with Tom Ford's vision for Gucci, with its sort of hyper-mod vibe," says Andrew.

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    Andrew's go-to accessory makes an appearance with this Tom Ford purple pocket square. "Purple is not necessarily one of my signature colors, but it has a surprisingly neutral quality that mixes well with everything---and I love the nice pop it provides," he explains. "Incidentally, I've been told I have a lavender aura!"

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    Plastic aviators, also from Tom Ford, provide some modernity to the classic look.

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    The style guru scored this leather carryall from Hildestahl (hildestahl.com). "I like to challenge staid ideas regarding menswear, pushing the boundaries slightly beyond what might be traditionally considered 'masculine,'" he says.

     

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    These two-toned saddle loafers are---you guessed it---Tom Ford. "I love the last on these shoes---so sexy."

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    Andrew calls this dark-hued look "a bit more playful, but still elegant and dressed-up." The Tom Ford wool jacket was acquired at Bergdorf Goodman, while the flannel pants are from Gucci, and the contrast-collared shirt is from the Tom Ford boutique.

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    "The watch is one of my favorites---a classic Rolex Daytona in white gold---very James Bond---from Tourneau," Andrew says.

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    Andrew accessorizes with this classic Tom Ford pocket square. "I live my life as if I'm creating a film, and wardrobe is a huge part of that."

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    Another outfit, another detailed belt. This brown leather specimen with a faux tortoise buckle is Tom Ford.

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    Andrew finds a clever use for this silk polka-dotted scarf from Ralph Lauren, styling it as a tie.

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    The blogger favors his preferred designer once again with these Tom Ford cap-toe shoes.

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    "When I saw this jacket, I had to have it! I love tweed and the color---I call it amethyst---it's so unusual." The tweed blazer is Tom Ford, the checked pants are Gucci, and the pin-striped Richard James shirt was purchased in London.

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    This Turnbull and Asser pocket square only adds to the variety of prints in the ensemble. "I love the mix of these different patterns---very modern-day Duke of Windsor."

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    "Every time I land a huge interior-design project I always treat myself to a pair of my favorite Seaman Schepps cuff links---these are black pearls."

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    This purple-and-black plaid tie is Tom Ford. "I dress myself in very much the same way that I dress a room---always with an eye toward creating a total experience," says the interior designer.

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    Purple pops up again on this Ralph Lauren alligator belt.

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    Andrew is not all Tom Ford, all the time, however. Of his Ford-era Gucci obsession, he says, "This became a rather expensive experiment, as you might imagine, and I also soon realized that the look was a bit too 'of the moment' for me." The interior designer mixes it up with these Lanvin sunglasses from Behaviour New York (231 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 212-352-8380).

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    Oftentimes, however, his go-to brands win out. Such is the case with this Gucci leather tote.

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    The look is completed with black-and-camel Tom Ford loafers.

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"It's a modern-day country-squire-in-the-city look," Andrew says of this eclectic ensemble. He accents the corduroy jacket, checked pants and scarf, all from Gucci, with a purple shirt from Turnbull & Asser (42 E 57th St between Madison and Park Aves; 212-752-5700, turnbullandasser.com).

James Andrew, 48; interior designer (jamesandrewinteriordesign.com), fashion blogger (whatisjameswearing.com) and lifestyle advisor; Murray Hill

His personal style: "Classic with a twist! While I do prefer to dress up a bit, I always try to balance the more formal elements of my look with a good dose of sensuality and casual flair."

His inspirations: "One cannot help but be inspired by style icons like the Duke of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire—each had a genius for bringing together seemingly disparate elements to create new and truly surprising combinations."

Favorite stores: "Tom Ford (845 Madison Ave between 70th and 71st Sts; 212-359-0300, tomford.com) is one of my favorite boutiques—his style embodies what I relate to most, i.e., a formal yet sexy kind of aesthetic with some unexpected detours! Bergdorf Goodman (men's store: 745 Fifth Ave between 57th and 58th Sts; 212-753-7300, bergdorfgoodman.com) has a great mix of designers and old-school brands. Barneys—a brilliant mix of designers, and a bit more cutting-edge."

His signature accessory: "I never leave home without a pocket square in my jacket pocket!"

How his style has evolved: "I worked for Ralph Lauren for many years, and early on I was quite taken with Lauren's world. However, when I left Ralph Lauren to start my own business, I found myself at a fashion crossroads, and felt a strong urge to try something radically different. Taking many elements from my previous aesthetic and mixing in English influences, I began to develop the look that I am still enjoying today—what one might describe as sexy Savile Row with a bit of jet-set '60s and '70s."

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