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My Family Made Me Buy It

Eleven dynastic lineages — from the Spielbergs to the Wahlbergs — share items purchased en famille.

Illustration: by Maxime Gérin
Illustration: by Maxime Gérin

After Lucas Zwirner told us about the Swiss shampoo his art-dealing father, David, hooked multiple generations of Zwirners on, we wanted to know what sorts of other things dynastic lineages have taught relatives to buy again and again. A lot of our shopping habits develop this way, we realized — like recipes, they’re passed down from generation to generation. Below, Zwirner and members of ten other particularly interesting clans — from the (Christopher “Biggie”) Wallaces to the Spielbergs — tell us about the things they buy because their families always have.

Wahlberg men prefer these ever-cool sneakers

Illustration: Maxime Gérin

“Me and my dad, Donnie, share a love of sneakers. Nike Air Jordan 1s (from $100) are an essential in our rotation. They’re timeless, and the silhouette is just cool. I have borrowed my dad’s — sometimes I need to put on two pairs of socks to wear his, depending on the size. My uncle Mark is also a huge fan. My dad, he, and I are always dressed the best. Effortlessly, too — we don’t try hard. But there’s an unspoken rule that we will never be caught twinning in the sneakers.” —Elijah Wahlberg

The Haim clan’s go-to blister beater

Photo: Joe Lingeman

“On the weekends, our mom and dad would play for hours in a couples cover band. During rehearsals, they would always apply Krazy Glue to cover any blisters. After seeing them do it for so long, we’ve adopted the practice so we can finish our set even when we have blisters.” —Este, Alana, and Danielle Haim

Three generations of Millers (including Susan) learned astrology from this book

“My mother, Susan, learned astrology from her mother as a young girl. My grandmother taught her using The New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator, by Llewellyn George. My sister and I now both have copies. While we know bits and pieces about astrology, we are not even close to our mother’s skill, but we continue to learn from the book. My mom told me that there is a newer version, which she says is not as good. But you can still get the better out-of-print one secondhand.” —Chrissie Miller

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