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 hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked designer and London-based shop owner Alex Eagle about the water bottle, makeup remover, and suede slippers she can’t live without.
So there are lots of reasons why I’m enjoying getting older, and one of them is revisiting past books I’ve loved. I first read The Secret History when I was a student, and it was a perfect moment to read it because it felt like that was semi my life. There’s also a big pleasure trying to read again after having two children consecutively. With constant travel and trying to be a mother and juggling life, I’m always on the phone, so I’m really trying to unplug and refind my love of literature and reading.
The S’well water bottle keeps things hot, which I love because I love tea. Or I’ll fill it up with filtered water, and shove a little bit of ginger or mint in there before leaving the house. We’ve eradicated all plastic water bottles from the house, but we still drink some mineral water out of bottles. I’m really trying to get it all down to just filtered water. Eradicating glass is next. We’re getting there.
I mean, it’s just a great makeup remover — it’s simple, but a classic. There’s kind of not much to say about it, other than it just works, you know? I wish they’d make it in a glass bottle, that would be my only comment. But I love it, and you don’t need huge amounts of it.
There’s a shop called Cloth House right near me in Soho, which I love going to with my kids. The owners have been there for ages. They have such beautiful fabric there: Japanese cotton, linen, block prints. And then there are all these ribbons — the colors are so inspiring. Like, the perfect shade of mustard yellow, or mint green, or a bright red. It’s also just a fun thing to do with my kids — wrapping gifts or making little bows for my daughter’s hair, or whatever it is. It’s a really old-school place, and it appeals to the child in me. When I was young I spent all my pocket money buying fabrics and ribbons. [Editor’s note: If buying ribbon outside of the U.K., Cloth House will charge additional international shipping fees.]
I’ve been given one of these for Christmas by Santa Claus — i.e., my mum — every year since I was about 11, maybe even younger. The diary sits next to my bed as a reminder to write things down. Since we type everything, my handwriting is getting appalling, but, still, there’s something nice about writing things down. And nowadays, with my iCal on my phone, it’s not about just what I’ve got coming up appointment-wise, but it’s about writing little funny things that my kids say, or interesting things that happen at work, little observations and stuff. Still, it’s a constant struggle to make myself do it — it doesn’t actually come as natural as it did when I was growing up.
What’s really nice about this is that it’s foolproof, I’ll just do a little bit on top of my cheeks. You don’t have to be a makeup artist to be able to use it. The packaging again is so clever — it’s magnetic — and it’s the perfect size. I’m not great at being patient and putting on makeup, so I do love things that are, you know, time-saving and fun to use. Gucci Westman is a genius, and is also just gorgeous herself; I’ve always been inspired by her.
My friend Karina had this at her house and she served it to me — it’s absolutely delicious. And there’s just something so nice about taking time to make your tea the old-school way; there’s something almost ceremonious about it. I love the Earl Grey one, I have it with a little splash of almond milk and put it in my favorite cup. We all drink a lot of tea in my household. It makes a lovely hostess gift as well.