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What Jason Wu 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 hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked fashion designer Jason Wu, whose pop-up collection GREY Jason Wu will be available at Cadillac House through September 24, which items he can’t live without.

I have a uniform. I’m always wearing either black or navy. I spend all day thinking about how to dress other people, so I love the ease of not having to think about what I wear. This shirt just fits really well, and I’ll buy them a dozen at a time. I’m usually dashing out the door, so I can just throw it on and not have to worry about it.


I love these sneakers so much. I met the co-founder Ryan Babenzien through a mutual friend years ago, and I’ve been wearing these sneakers ever since. They’re comfortable and made in Italy — I’m on my feet all day, every day, so I need comfortable sneakers.

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t use a computer or iPad — I use my phone to do 100 percent of my work. That means I’m on my phone 24/7, and this is the most powerful charger I’ve ever used; it gives me two full charges a day, so I bring it with me everywhere.

I don’t have a complicated beauty regimen, but this is something I’ve been using for a while. I keep it in the fridge to freshen me up because it’s like a toner and made from organic grapes or something to give me really great skin.

I have been drawing with a Sharpie for a few decades and truly do bring it with me everywhere, because when I go to Europe or Asia, they don’t have Sharpies out. I guess it’s much more of an American thing, so I literally bring it with me everywhere. My design team uses all of these fancy pencils, but I like just the most basic things. I use it for everything — to sketch, to write notes, to draw on muslin.

These are a lifesaver after a long trip. Sometimes I have to go straight to work from the plane and would look completely busted without using this. The mask helps immensely on a red-eye. It’s like magic. I use it the second I get off the plane. Sometimes I even use it on the plane. I look like an idiot, but I don’t care.

Aesop is one of my favorite skin brands because I just like how simple it is — you can tell I like to keep my personal-care products very minimal but high quality. It’s kind of how I live my life; that also describes how I am as a behind-the-scenes person.

So I’ve been working on this for the past year, and it’s a project inspired by my childhood smells, especially the jasmine in Taiwan. It was important to me to have something personal attached to the first fragrance I did.

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What Jason Wu Can’t Live Without