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 hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked fashion designer Sid Mashburn — the owner of a chain of eponymously named men’s-lifestyle boutiques — about the cleaning supply, snacks, and pen he can’t live without.
The first time I got a bonus — I was working at J.Crew — I left my boss’s office and went and bought myself a Waterman fountain pen. I just loved the idea of mixing black, green, and blue inks together. Then life got more complicated and I didn’t have time to mix ink colors any more, so I started using Pilot fountain pens. They are pretty nice but disposable — I felt bad after I finished them. I bought this Kaweco fountain pen about eight years ago, and I wish I’d found it earlier. It’s tidy because it screws into itself for storage — when I’m not using it, the pen is small enough to slip into my shirt or pants pocket. But when you unscrew it and put it together you’ve suddenly got a full-size pen. It’s affordable and cheerful and comes in a bunch of colors.
As I started getting older, I found my face was getting dry. No disparagement to anybody who is in the potions-and-lotions business, but I want to use a minimal amount of things, and I need them to work overtime. This moisturizer does. It has SPF, it moisturizes, and the smell is really pleasant. I have five daughters, and they all like the scent of this more than my cologne. They say, “I love that smell, Dad. It reminds me of you.” The only problem is the bottles are always too small. I get to the bottom and feel like my mother scraping mustard out of the jar.
I grew up drinking iced tea. In the South, they offer it to you when you go into any restaurant. For a while, I really liked Honest Tea, but I feel like at some point they changed the formula. So I decided to make my own. I put regular Lipton tea bags in boiling water, steep them until it’s really strong, then cut it with this peach juice and put the mixture in the refrigerator. It’s delicious. I buy three bottles of the juice a time. It’s a problem.
I buy these in bulk. Golden Flake is an institution in the South. I like its chips better than Lay’s. I like the size of the bag. I like the coloring. We occasionally serve these at our events. Sometimes, when I’m going to somebody’s house, I bring the pickle chips instead of a bottle of wine.
Talk about bang for your buck. You have scissors. A flathead screwdriver. A nail file. A knife. Tweezers. A toothpick. A keyring. And that’s all in about two-and-a-half inches. I got my first one in college and always have one in my pocket unless TSA agents take it away. (I’ve lost about a dozen to the TSA.) I use it nonstop. I’m always pulling it out to cut a loose string off somebody or a piece of paper.
I’ve grooved on incense since I was a kid. This Astier de Villatte incense is smoky and floral; I’ve been shopping at the brand’s store in Paris for a long time. Each box has 125 sticks, and I never burn a whole stick at once. I just burn a little then light it back up when I want a lift again. I probably get three burns out of each stick, so even though it’s not inexpensive, you really need to be burning it like crazy to go through a box. I also love the packaging — usually, when you buy incense it’s, like, from a head shop and in an ugly box.
It’s so solid and spartan in its look, but it really does the trick. When you pay a little more for these things, the first thing you notice is the pieces you touch have a touch more touch to them. The other thing about this turntable is that the cartridge and the needle are a little bit higher-quality, so you get more detail and definition.