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My Favorite Things

Many of today’s most selective shoppers invest in Sophie Buhai’s contemporary classics with the confidence that they will still wear her hand-crafted stone collars and gold-vermeil chains in the years—and decades—to come. It should come as no surprise, then, that the carefully chosen objects with which the Los Angeles–based designer, who cites Elsa Peretti and Charlotte Perriand as inspiration, surrounds herself possess a similarly refined, enduring sensibility, be it an antique pillow set or the necklace that makes her feel “put-together with minimal effort,” as shown below.

Andrée Putman

$16.18

Ambassadrice Du Style

“Andrée Putman is one of my heroes. Her design sensibility was ahead of its time and her personal style was iconic. She is one of the great female interior designers in a world historically dominated by men. I have many of her books, which provide endless inspiration.”

Scala

$34.99

Cotton Hat with Drawstring

“I love to power walk through L.A. It’s important not to give in too much to athleisure. Scala makes chic bucket hats with large, protective brims. This one is something my grandmother would approve of for “walking” attire.”

Westman Atelier

$85

Lip Suede Les Rouges

“I’m never without some kind of a red lip and haven’t found one better than Gucci Westman’s Lip Suede. The pigment is pure and intense. I use the tiniest amount for a subtle stain; when I wake up in the morning it’s still on. Plus, the compact comes with a mirror.”

Maldon

$26.26

Sea Salt Flakes Tub

“I am obsessed with Maldon and usually keep a little bag of it in my purse. The bucket feels extravagant but also useful. It’s my favorite hostess gift.”

Marvy Uchida

$18

Le Pen Set

“The best black pens for sketching and writing.”

Filofax

$130

Calipso Organizer

“I love a 90s Filofax. I don’t use iCal.”

Celestine

$360

Crissy Ruched Lace-Trim Nightgown

“The old school nightgown. I usually buy mine at Peress on the Upper East Side.”

1st Dibs

$450

Fortuny Petite Pillows

“I love all things Fortuny. Recently, I’ve started collecting the pillows made of antique fabric remnants.”

Sophie Buhai

$525

Everyday Boule Collar in Onyx

“Our signature Boule Collar in Onyx is my everyday go-to in order to feel chic and put-together with minimal effort.”

Tod’s

$545

Gommini Leather Driver Penny Loafers

“I love a loafer. Tod’s are classic. I wear them like Birkenstocks.”

Don Julio

From $27.00

Tequila Blanco

“Tequila is my go-to alcoholic beverage. I like it on the rocks with lime and a splash of soda. My dad used to always drink Don Julio, so it reminds me of him.”

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