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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

Hermès

$68

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.”

Christofle

$620

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

$770

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.”

Smythson

$45

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

$7,800

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.”

Medik8

$193.70

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

$38

Melograno Scented Wax Tablets

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

Josef Hoffmann

$3,506

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.”

Kewpie

$12

Mayonnaise

“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.”

Hermès

$84

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.”

Lesse

$120

Essential Moisturizer

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

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