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What Keith Pollock of Architectural Digest Can’t Live Without

Photo: Courtesy of Keith Pollock

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 Architectural Digest executive digital director (and former Interview editor-in-chief) Keith Pollock about the incense, back massager, and lip balm he can’t live without.

You can hold these clippers in one hand and use it between haircuts for touch-ups. I’ll trim the back of my hair and sculpt my sideburns, or I’ll use it on my beard, too, depending on how scruffy I want to be. What I like about it is that it’s wide but also really short, and the blade contours to your head and is easy to clean. I really did a lot of field research here, so I can say confidently these are the best.

I do the scented candle thing, but I’ve also gotten turned on to these copal incense sticks I buy on Amazon. They come in this dusty plastic bag, they’re not super fancy, but the smell is really rich and very cool. It’s kind of woodsy, and I feel like every time people come to my house, they’re asking what the scent is. I find that it works to mask bad smells coming from my neighbors’ apartments in my West Village building. I’ve given it as gifts to people, too.

I call this my hooker. I probably get a massage a week. I really like to indulge in that. I’ll go to places in Chinatown or I’ll go to Great Jones Spa or after work I’ll just go some place off the street. I’m pretty indiscriminate. But I also have this hooker thing at home and if I’m watching a movie, I’ll give myself a massage. Nothing is sadder than giving yourself a massage, but this weird-looking contraption actually works. I enjoy shocking people when I say I need to go home and relieve some stress with a hooker.

I have a crippling allergy problem. I went to an allergist and they were like, “You’re allergic to dust.” But even in a super clean place, I’m sneezing and sinusy and have itchy eyes. So this is my morning vitamin. I wake up every morning and I have one or two Zyrtecs. Every day. I don’t know what kind of person I would be without allergy medication. Definitely a very nasally one.

This is the thing I always have. Actually, right now, I’m thinking about it, because I put it in my coat in a different part of the building, and in every meeting I’ve been in today, I’ve felt like my lips have been super dry. I buy it in bulk and remove all the labels immediately. I like having it in my hand too because when I was working at Elle, I got media-trained, and the thing they told me was that you should always have something in your hand to distract your mind when you’re nervous. And because the Burt’s is a yellow tube, it’s sort of disguised in your palm. It’s a good trick. If you’re ever speaking at a wedding or something, put something in your hand. So this is essentially a lip moisturizer and a fidget spinner in one.

I pretty much have a uniform these days, which is all black and navy, and I’m really into the retro ’90s Air Maxes (the 90, 95, 96, and 97) in all-black or all-navy or some combination of both. They go with everything. My best friend recently Insta-shamed me for how many “weekend sneakers” I have. It’s my one vice. Last night I had to wear a suit, so I had to force myself to wear dress shoes, but most of the time, you can even kind of dress up a black sneaker.