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My Favorite Things

As the woman behind Desert Vintage—whose Tucson and Lower East Side boutiques have become sartorial meccas for discerning designers such as Emily Bode and Sophie Buhai—Salima Boufelfel is no stranger to hunting down singular and strikingly unusual finds, be it a 1930s gilded cape or a Madame Grés bias-cut dress from the 1970s. Here, the Arizona native shares more of her choice discoveries, from Parisian tea to a traditional Moroccan lip stain

Dammann Frères


Breakfast Loose Tea

“My friend Camille took me into the Dammann tea shop in Paris last summer. It was love at first sight. I especially love their peppermint and chamomile blends.”



Moroccan Lip Stain

“I love these traditional Berber lip stains, which leave a subtle wash of beautiful color. I’m half-North African and remember visiting my aunt who had one of the little pots.”

The Row


Leather Ballet Flats

“I love the footwear from the Row, and more specifically their flat shoes. I imagine wearing these with silk socks and a wool skirt in the winter.”



Nutrition System Juicer

“I have a green juice every morning—it makes me feel awake and vibrant. This is my favorite juicer. I’ve had the same one for six years now!”

Dr. Hauschka


Lip Care Stick

“The best moisturizer for your lips as far as I’m concerned. It’s hard to beat the scent and quality. Plus, the packaging is so beautiful!”



Vintage Moroccan Wool Berber Rug

“I’m on the hunt for a rug for my New York apartment. I love this one for its geometry and warmth.”



2023 Soho Agenda in Panama

“I enjoy making lists—it helps me keep organized in my day-to-day. The Smythson planners are so beautiful. I also love that you can customize them with your initials.”

Prounis Jewelry


Emerald and South Sea Pearl Chime Earrings

“These are my dream earrings. I love everything Prounis creates. The jewelry feels elegant, grounded, substantial, and considered.”

Marc Chagall


The Bible, Paradise Lithograph

Verve is an art publication I collect. My earliest issue dates back to 1925.”

Desert Vintage


Cashmere Shawl

“Our shop stocks a seasonal assortment of cashmere shawls pieced together from vintage sweaters. They are great for travel and everyday wear.”



Black Opera Pumps

“The Bode Opera Pump feels like the shoe that was photographed in Irving Penn’s infamous 1947 Theater Accident. I wear mine with black wool suits and silk stockings.”

Sonia Delaunay


Geometric Design Print

“This Sonia Delaunay plate circa 1925 is deeply inspiring. The composition and colorway resonate with me.”

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