Fashion designers: They’re just like us—or are they? Style mavens like Anine Bing and Rebecca Minkoff have made it their careers to sharpen their sartorial point of view and steer ahead of trends. It’s no wonder that their homes are subject to the same curated treatment as their closets and collections are. And if we rely on them to get dressed season after season or to guide us to the latest It bag or go-to cocktail dress, why shouldn’t we trust their decorating expertise, as well? After all, their homes are the breeding ground for both their aesthetic sensibilities and their relentless ambition and productivity—two things we all aspire to.
To celebrate this season’s New York Fashion Week kickoff, we asked seven of our favorite designers to share with us the items they can’t live without at home. From the designer who swears by Scandinavian designs to the one who listens to the Bee Gees every morning, we learned a lot from these sartorial figures’ daily routines. Get your online carts ready—these home essentials are both practical and insanely chic.
Courtesy of Anine Bing
Anine Bing is one of those fashion designers who just exude a cool It-girl factor. Her clothing—inspired by the marriage between her Scandinavian heritage and the American spirit—is not far from her aesthetics at home. What she loves: Scandinavian classics and minimal, practical pieces.
“I’m huge fan of Royal Copenhagen, and I started collecting their china a few years ago,” shares Bing. “With small kids in the house, cups and plates sometimes break, but I’ve been saving all the broken pieces throughout the years, and I’ve started making beautiful mosaic trays with the pieces.”
“I’m crazy about the Scandinavian brand Skultuna,” says the designer. “They make the most beautiful brass candleholders, vases, and décor accents. I have their pieces at home but also in all our Anine Bing boutiques around the world.”
Courtesy of Clare V.
Clare Vivier is our go-to gal for all things leather bags and accessories. The French journalist turned fashion designer, who has carved herself an important place in the Los Angeles design community, sells her handbags worldwide and has flagships locations in New York and Brooklyn. No wonder she’s constantly traveling.
“With how much I travel now for work, this is an absolute must,” says Vivier of her Rimowa suitcase. “It’s sleek and just the right size.”
“Baies by Diptyque is one of my all-time favorite scents,” says Vivier. “There'’s nothing better than a night at home with this candle burning for the ultimate cozy feeling.”
Alix designer Alexandra Alvarez agrees: “I’m huge on scents; therefore, having an amazing candle is a must. I always get home from work and light a candle—it helps me relax,” she says. “You can never go wrong with Black Baies; it’s such a unique and gorgeous scent.”
Courtesy of Alix
Alexandra Alvarez, the young designer behind the bodysuit and swimsuit brand Alix, is a New York–based Florida native. It comes as no surprise that her home essentials are partly purely essential to daily life and deeply rooted in warm-weather sensibilities.
“I actually can’t remember life before Nespresso machines existed,” admits Alvarez. “Is that bad? I use it every morning. The vanilla and caramel flavors are my favorite.”
“Assouline books always add a special touch to interior décor,” says the designer. “I was born and raised in Miami, so it’s nice to have a little piece of home on my coffee table.”
Rebecca Minkoff is a force to be reckoned with. The designer has already made the Fortune 40 Under 40 list and is sold in over 900 stores worldwide. But when it comes to her DUMBO home, one trend dominates: keeping her family healthy and happy. In her arsenal of tools are a few trusted kitchen essentials and a healthy-living bible.
“I love my Le Creuset Dutch oven,” says Minkoff. “I have a bright blue one, and I love the pop of color it gives the kitchen. We’re constantly using it—it’s basically cleaned and put straight back on the stovetop every time.”
To keep her family healthy, the designer also swears by Jessica Alba’s book, in which the actress shares insights on how to create a cleaner and healthier environment at home.
Courtesy of Lela Rose
Lela Rose’s collections are feminine, whimsical, and beautifully crafted—just take a look at her latest bridal collection. But when it comes to her personal life, Rose is active and determined. Her home essentials include everything she needs to get to work in the healthiest way possible.
“I bike to and from work every day,” says Rose, who lives in New York City. “This bike is a huge part of my lifestyle!”
To stay hydrated on her morning commute, the designer relies on her rose-gold water bottle from S’Well.
Courtesy of Sachin & Babi
Designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia met while studying at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. They fell in love, got married, and eventually launched the brand Sachin & Babi. We chatted to Babi about what she can’t live without at home.
“I love my Sonos speakers, especially the ones in my bathroom and dressing area,” says Ahluwalia. “I play the Bee Gees or jazz when getting ready in the morning.”
“I also love my Diptyque candles for their effervescent smell around my home,” says the designer. Diptyque is without a doubt the candle of choice for fashion designers.
Courtesy of Tanya Taylor
Tanya Taylor is a youthful fashion designer with a fiercely ambitious spirit and an artistic sensibility. Now in New York City, the Canadian designer embraces art and color in everything she does, even at home.
“I always have a set of paintbrushes with me, whether I’m relaxing at home or traveling internationally,” says Taylor. “Part of my creative process is hand-painting the prints we produce, so these brushes are essential.”
“My husband and I love to entertain,” says the designer. “These coasters inspired by archery targets around the world are the perfect pop of color to add to any tablescape.”