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Veronica Ditting’s Favorite Things

Known for her work as the former creative director of the London-based magazine The Gentlewoman, Veronica Ditting has applied her sense of color, space, clarity and tactility to projects for Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela and the Row. A retrospective of her graphic design is currently up at Kyoto’s ddd Gallery. Here, Ditting shares a few picks that please her, including Hermès mascara, Simone Prouvé tapestries, and Kewpie mayonnaise



Trait d’Hermès Revitalizing Care Mascara

“This is a tubing mascara, so it stays in place for a long time and washes off really easily with warm water. Gregoris Pyrpylis, the creative director of Hermès Beauty, pointed me towards the indigo. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up myself but I actually love it. It’s subtle and elegant hint of colour.”



Nomade Stainless Steel Round Tray

“In summertime I love to entertain my guests with homemade blood orange sgroppino—all served in fun Jochen Holz glassware. This sharp tray with the loveliest leather handles comes in so handy.”

Carl Auböck


Earlobe Brass Bookends

“These are a centrepiece on my bookshelf. They were designed by Carl Auböck II in 1948. Today, they’re produced by Carl Auböck IV and V, who hand-work each piece at the family atelier in Vienna.”



My First Correspondence Card Set

“I’ve only recently discovered these are intended for children. I love them, so I’m having the last laugh.”

Simone Prouvé


2 Tapistries

“Simone Prouvé is the daughter of eminent designer and engineer Jean Prouvé. I only recently discovered her work and incredible tapestries made out of non-flammable fibers.”



r-Retinoate Day & Night

“The only skincare item I spend serious money on. One should be careful when using retinol—less is probably more. This one makes a huge difference. I often get asked for skincare recommendations. My friends joke I could run a salon as a side hustle.”

Santa Maria Novella


Melograno Scented Wax Tablets

“This is one of my go-to presents. Scented wax tablets for your wardrobe.”

Josef Hoffmann


Augarten ‘Melon’ Art Déco Mocha Set

“Josef Hoffmann, founder of iconic Wiener Werkstätte designed this melon-shaped mocha set for Porzellanfabrik Augarten in 1929. It just makes me dream of a lazy Sunday afternoon spent at home with friends.”




“It feels weird suggesting mayonnaise, but this is truly the best one. It’s made with egg yolks, not full eggs, which results in a rich and velvety texture.”



Les Pinceaux Hermès Le Traceur Eyeliner Brush

“For the sharpest application ever, the right brush makes a huge difference. I use this brush with the Ombres Fumées eyeshadow by Hermès.”



Essential Moisturizer

“I recently met Lesse founder Neada Deters at a dinner and got introduced to her natural skincare line.”

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