Open House: What’s James wearing?


“What are you wearing now?” I write in an e-mail to interior designer, blogger and today’s Open House star James Andrew.  I’m wearing a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and my loafers, and I’m hoping the What Is James Wearing? blogger will cop to wearing something equally sloppy (but I already know he won’t).

James does not look like a stereotypical blogger; he’s a dashing almost old fashioned fellow, soft spoken and gentlemanly with friends of all ilk and an openness to new people, ideas and opportunities.  He’s equal parts Gatsby and Mame with a liberal helping of Deepak.  Except of course, he’s none-of-those things.  He’s James, and he’s an original.

He started What Is James Wearing as a way to show prospective clients his overall aesthetic and influences.  Every day he posts a photo of himself dressed in designer duds with spectacular Manhattan sites as a backdrop.  Along the way, he developed his voice and realized he could help promote the people he worked with, primarily fashion designers, small boutique owners and photographers.  To use one of James’ terms, the result is super fabby, and I’m not the only one who thinks so.

What Is James Wearing is now read in more than 95 countries, and he’s featured in July’s issue of Elle Decoration (the UK edition), which says What Is James Wearing is their “favorite blog of the moment and possibly all time.”  Paper Magazine’s Peter Davis says, “How self-indulgent and fun!”

Continued . . .


No stranger to press, James’ first became known for his elegant Murray Hill apartment, which has been featured in Elle Decor and Russian Elle Decor.  It’s easy to see why; the living room’s blue-gray walls and neutral fabrics provide an ideal background for James’ silver and shine (and everything fine).    All rooms lead to a stunning lacquered library/dining area with a ceiling covered in silver holographic vinyl; it’s the bling every apartment needs to make it look pretty.

But clothes and apartments are just stuff; as James points out, it’s what our stuff says about us that makes it interesting.  “A person’s space is a reflection of who they are and where they are in their lives,” says James whose space and especially his art, reveal a man who loves his life and his Whippets, Rupert, 15, and Nigel, 12.  Basically, he’s saying,  you are where you live.  Hmm.  While I agree, I think people usually say, you are what you wear. Or is it, you are what you blog? Ah, it doesn’t matter.  Besides, if you’re authentic to yourself and to the world, all three hold true.

It looks like James replied to my email, so let’s see what he’s  wearing.

I’m wearing a Gucci black linen denim jacket with black suede elbow patches a Balenciaga black and white micro stripe shirt with a draw string neck, black Diesel skinny jeans, a Yves saint laurent blue black and grey silk paisley and camouflage pocket square, a Gucci braided black leather belt and Dior silver leather sneakers.

Hey, that sounds amazing.  Thanks James!  

Click here to visit What Is James Wearing.

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The artwork is by Alexander Scott








See my photo of James in his foyer tomorrow on What Is James Wearing


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18 Responses to “Open House: What’s James wearing?”

  1. Wow! Extremely over the top, so not my style, but I love it anyway because it it such a perfect reflection of the owner. I do however love what James is wearing in the pictures – I wish more men would take an interest in what they wear.

  2. Philip Bernal 11. Jun, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Wow! love the use of white, I wish my dogs could be used as prop’s LOL :)

  3. James is a one-of-a-kind original! and his spectacular style is just one of his many assets.
    Great post!

  4. fascinating study of james andrew, your observations are brilliant.
    love the apt and your photos!

  5. It is wonderful to see these pictures again. And that shirt! Fabulous!!!

  6. Fantastic place and great style. I enjoyed the house and James!!

  7. that is one confident man. but i do feel better about my own use of blue.

  8. i’ve always thought of his blog as decor performance art (in a good way).

  9. Fabulously done! Love it all. Especially the dogs.

  10. Bottom line…I love this man. Not necessary to expound any further; the writer of this article has eloquently done so already. Clearly,the next step is for James to appear on his own “whatisJameswearing” design reality show on Bravo, etc. Andy Cohen, are you listening? This isn’t wishful thinking on my part. It will happen and it will be fabulous. To this end, I implore anyone with genuine connections to get on the phone or shoot out an email as soon as possible. Can’t wait to see my friend every week on his own show!

  11. such incredible use of geometric patterns. bold and precise and your color palette shocks my muted brain, but i love it.

    all the best!
    david john

  12. Decorator Dave 19. Jun, 2009 at 7:44 am

    In bed, recovering from Swine Flu, and spent over an hour engrossed in this fellows odd yet fabulous blog. At first I thought it was just some sort of practical joke….tongue and cheek city. It finally dawned on me that this man is for real and has the balls to be a real life Edina Moonsoon (from Ab Fab) and wear this gloriously tacky and overpriced fabulousness in public. If only he was wearing some Lacroix…

  13. Fantastic work, Tate. Love this guy’s interior design sense, and exterior design on himself. Has he put a photo of himself in the light green sport jacket on WhatisJamesWearing? I’ll have to go see. My favourite montage is the still life group on the mirror-topped table of the dish, the two frogs and the multi-pointed star.

  14. Fabulous fabulous fabulous. I love your blog.

  15. James Andrew is extremely talented, and a great friend. His design blog was inspired by a Kelly Wearstler book. As Tinsley Mortimer would no doubt say ” Rich AND famous is the only way to go !

  16. Dear James,
    your styles to dress and your feeling for colours and combination is remarkable. It is like a short holiday to be on your site.
    I will always come back. The photographs of South of France
    are stunning.
    Thanks and keep writing and styling,

  17. Greyhoundlover 03. Aug, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    love the dogs! i hope he adopted them!