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.]