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What Fashion Designer Paul Smith Can’t Live Without

Photo-Illustration: by The Strategist; Photo Courtesy of Paul Smith

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and the Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked fashion designer Paul Smith — who recently celebrated his 50th year in the business — about the deodorant, pen, and alarm clock he can’t live without.

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I was first introduced to Aesop ten years ago in the bathrooms of Japan’s Park Hyatt Hotel. What I like about this deodorant, which I’ve been using for a long time, is that it’s got a bit of fragrance for a second or two, but after that, it’s just a deodorant without a particular smell. My workdays are very diverse — I’ll go from a flight, to a meeting about money and warehousing, to four hours of design work, then to an interview with someone like you — and I still have conversations that make me nervous and perspire.

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The majority of Braun’s products were initially designed by the German designer Dieter Rams, a hero of mine. I take this clock with me wherever I travel: Korea, Mexico, L.A., Brazil — everywhere except Japan because it’s the clock the Park Hyatt has in its rooms there. I’ve knocked it over while jet-lagged on my way to the loo in the middle of the night and the clock still wakes me up in the morning.

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A no-nonsense pen that works whenever you pull it out of your pocket and press the top. This one even writes on an airplane, where a lot of other ballpoint pens don’t work because of the air pressure. Another nice thing about this pen is that it doesn’t say, “I am wealthy,” “I’m made of gold,” or “This was a gift.” It’s just a pen! But it does come in a beautiful range of colors.