Selected by Sophie Buhai:
Elevated Daily Essentials and Classic Styles
“L.A. is newer than New York,” says Sophie Buhai of her hometown. “There’s more of a pioneer spirit here, and people are more experimental in the ways they work.” A designer of fashion and interiors, Buhai recently debuted an eponymous line of jewelry based out of her Silver Lake home. Made in L.A. of solid sterling silver, sculptural pieces like her Mapplethorpe cuff accent a streamlined wardrobe.
“I appreciate how discreet Lemaire’s designs are,” says Buhai, exploring the walk-in closet at The Apartment by The Line – Los Angeles and selecting a heathered wool crewneck. “I love wearing a sweater like this with a lot of silver jewelry.” A Lemaire coat “with just the right proportions” also catches her eye. “It reminds me of a vintage Armani coat and something an ‘80s business man would have worn,” she says approvingly. Pieces such as Agnes Baddoo’s buffalo leather tote appeal for their lack of associations with a particular era. “I love a bag without any logos,” notes Buhai. “This one is so classic in style that you can’t place it in time.”
While a Jacques Adnet ashtray stands out as a “two-for-one” choice (“possibly the best ashtray and cane I’ve ever seen”), many of the designer’s choices can be classified as elevated essentials, including Portuguese toothpaste in charming vintage packaging, a horn comb handcrafted in Denmark, and a German-made beechwood body brush that she would also deploy outside of the shower to keep lint at bay. And Cire Trudon’s elegant tapers are a family favorite. “My grandmother used to use these,” says Buhai. “I love a candlelight dinner, even if we’re having take-out pizza.”