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What Simon Doonan Can’t Live Without

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the ground coffee and the bathroom rug. We asked Barneys New York creative-ambassador-at-large Simon Doonan which items he can’t live without.

Diptyque is known for its candles, but I cannot live without the brand’s line of perfume. My favorite is a really sinister brew named L’Ombre dans l’Eau, which means shadow in the water, which means dead body, at least to my paranoid psyche.

I wear my Naked & Famous jeans every single day. It’s a Canadian brand made with Japanese denim, and my pair is the “weird guy” fit. I like it because it’s slim but not too, too skinny. (Don’t hate me, but I have fabulous muscly legs. Always have.)

With beauty products, I am quite feral. As such, I would shrivel and die without Aesop’s Rind Aromatique Body Balm. I’m addicted to it. I slap it on every single part of my body — even my face. I’m sure the Aesop folks would be horrified.

As far as liquid essentials go, I do not drink alcohol, but I couldn’t face the day without genmaicha tea. Unlike regular green tea or even matcha (which is the ground-up leaves), genmaicha includes toasted brown rice for an additional aroma — it has a lovely, nutty taste. I picked up the habit while working a bit in Japan. Arigato.

Okay, this is slightly cheating, but I really just adore my husband’s tomato candle. It smells like your granny’s tomato plants, but in a good way. Gorgeous in the summer, but also festive and ever-so-slightly freaky for the wintertime.

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What Simon Doonan Can’t Live Without