Wishlisted: What Designers Want for the Holidays

Designers like Derek Lam, Thakoon Panichgul, Charlotte Ronson, and Richard Chai weigh in on the top picks off their wish lists for the holiday.

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Derek Lam says his office around the holidays is actually "really lame" because the team is bustling trying to get things done to wrap up the season. For his holiday, he admits: "I would love to have the new iPhone." (When pressed on the Kindle Fire's appeal, he says he's just fine with the Kindle he already has.)
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Maria Cornejo's holiday wish list includes her very own "100% hand-knit cardigan -- so warm and cozy! It’s the perfect gift for anyone. And [my husband] Mark Borthwick’s new book of poetry and photographs, ‘The Heartland.’"
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Richard Chai definitely has a sentimental side (he told us the best gift he ever received was "an old family portrait"), but this year, the designer is lusting for a super-luxe Black Out Daytona Rolex, available for order through Black Out Concept.
On jewelry designer's Eddie Borgo's holiday wish list is the Hermès Ulysse Pm Leather Notebook (price on request, Hermès, 212-751-3181).
Narciso Rodriguez's trademark minimalism extends to his holiday wish list -- black candles from H Groome. (From $10 at HGroomeonline)
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This year, Thakoon Panichgul's favorite gift to give (and receive) is "a colorful scarf -- I’ll probably get myself and a few friends our tiger lily silk twill holiday scarf" (available soon on Thakoon's site). With proceeds from the designer's Masai plaid scarf going to relief efforts in Somalia, either accessory would be "meaningful to give or receive."
A Tom Ford tuxedo (price on request, Tom Ford Madison Avenue, 212-359-0300) is on the top of designer Wes Gordon's holiday wish list. Before starting his own line, Gordon interned for Ford in London.
Accessory designer Rebecca Minkoff is pining for Monique Péan's recycled gold woolly mammoth earrings, also a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama. ($1,915 at Barneys.com)
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Charlotte Ronson received a very important Christmas present when she was six: her parents presented her with a "perfectly-pink sewing machine, along with some beautiful fabrics they brought home from a trip to Japan." This year, the designer is hoping to find some of her mother, Ann Dexter Jones', ID bracelets, along with an original work from Lisa Yuskavage. "I would love to one day own one of her pieces. Since I have a big family maybe they can all chip in (for a few years)!"
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Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon says that a trip to Israel with the Kabbalah Center (gifted by her husband last year) continues to inspire her every day. This year, the jewelry designer says she wants to "eat [her] supper on great art" with a set of 12 plates designed by Jeff Koons in collaboration with fine porcelain maker, Bernardaud, for the non-profit art house, Works on Whatever.
Sam Shipley of Shipley & Halmos "fell in love with music on November 20th, 1992,” when his uncle gave him an American Fender Stage Lead II electric guitar. This year, his design parter, Jeff Halmos, is hoping for a night of good eatin' with a gift certificate to Marlow & Sons. "I will use the entire gift certificate to purchase chocolate/caramel/sea salt tarts."
Jay Godfrey may be known for his cocktail frocks, but a pair of Florsheim by Duckie Brown brogues ($425 at Parkandbond.com) is what he is pining for this holiday season.
Co-designer of Dannijo Jodie Snyder told us, "I am always traveling and have been eying this leather suitcase on Pottery Barn with a monogram." ($299 at Potterybarn.com)
Nicole Miller has a reputation as one of fashion's best dinner party hosts. On her holiday wish list this year? A Unicorn Peppergun. ($29 at Unicorn.com)
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Brookyln-based designer Whitney Pozgay is looking for gorgeous new gear for her Williamsburg apartment. "I'm obsessed with this print from Mc & Co," she told us. The designer is also keen on Comme des Garcons sneakers and Matt Singer's quirky beaded keychains.
Reece Solomon, designer and founder of Reece Hudson, is hoping for Lyn Ban's large propeller cuff ($2,824 at KirnaZabete.com) this holiday season. She told us, "I love how distinctive it feels compared to so much else on the market."
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Rachel Antonoff's most memorable gift came from her boyfriend, who gave her "a really ornate pocket watch necklace. It's like, fancy. Like straight out of Marie Antoinette’s jewelry box." This year, the designer is hoping for a class package at Ballet Beautiful, a gift certificate to newly-opened Dry Bar, stylish J.Crew pajamas and, of course, "a kitten -- this one is fluffy and hypoallergenic."
Designer Shoshanna Gruss is eying this Edie Parker clutch. ($1,295 at Barneys.com)
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Marcia Patmos' all-time best gift came from a former assistant, who gave the designer a "Korean electric grill and all of the ingredients needed for Korean barbecue, complete with meat and fish marinated by her mom with her secret recipe." Clearly a tough act to follow, but when she's not whipping up her lush knitwear creations, the designer dreams of another vacation to Uruguay's Pueblo Barrancas.
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Lauren Moffatt was thrilled to find "a set of five Alan Gould compass chairs" from her parents beneath the tree, but this season she's hoping for a little pampering at the Jillian Wright Skin Spa. "They do the best facials!"
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Lyndsey Butler, who makes some of the most covetable leather jackets ever known to womankind for her label, VEDA, is hoping for a print by "the talented Walton Ford, though she says she can "settle" for a his Taschen book, "Fantastic Menagerie."
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Mina Stone, best known for her gorgeous, silky dresses, is wishing for some fancy footwear this season. "Any tights from Henrik Vibskov are at the top of my list," she says. "I also love the wallets he has especially the Macromauro wallet."
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Jessica Yuen of Bedford Street Laundry's fondest holiday memory involved movies and take-out (our kind of gal). "As a second-generation Chinese kid, I didn't get to partake in holiday gift exchanging very often but last year, my boyfriend bought me Home Alone 2 on DVD. We watched it and ate some fried chicken.” This holiday season, Yuen's hoping for a new portfolio to lug around her sketches, in particular this shearling-lined confection by Martin Margiela.
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Jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning still thinks fondly of her first Barbie Dream House. "Damn if I'm still not envious of all that space!" We can relate. This year, Manning hopes Santa will supply her with "Tata Harper skin care products. Like, all of them. Cleanser, moisturizer, tonic, and eye cream."
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Lauren Walker -- one half of the creative force behind cozy knitwear label, Brochu Walker -- has Martin Margiela shoe booties, a Jeanine Payer necklace "or, the new iPhone 4S" at the top of her wishlist, while her partner, Lisa Brochu, says that if Santa is kind, he'll surely surprise her with "a men's vintage gold Rolex.”
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Shabd is best known for her elegant, hand-dyed silk pieces (fashioned from scratch in her Brooklyn studio), so it's no surprise that the designer wants to keep working with her hands through the holiday season with "a gift certificate to take a class at the Textile Arts Center."
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Nothing adds a little glitz to a dresser like a nice bottle of perfume, and nobody knows it better than jewelry designer Paige Novick, who is lusting after Kilian's limited edition Art Deco bottles HTML Help this season. "There are four styles to choose from, each sold empty and you can fill them with your favorite Kilian scent. My obsession these days is 'Love' and 'Tears Surrender,' but I also die for 'Prelude to Love.'”
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Liam Fayed of up-and-coming menswear label, Bespoken, says his best-ever Christmas gift was the snow plow he got at age 16. "I've always been into machinery, and my driveway was very clean that year.” Meanwhile, his partner, Paul Goncalves, is eyeing a new quad-fin surfboard from Becker Surf "to be enjoyed during the break."
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Jewelry designer Arianna Petrich of Over Dot has her eye on Peter Nencini's custom boxes at Partners & Spade. "He combines found objects -- a rubber band, a fake fingernail, a stick of chalk -- in his amazing box pieces. They are like three-dimensional rebuses that inspire a real sense of delight! In general, I like everything he does.”
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Sister Christine and Patty Yoon's holiday wish lists are every bit as hip as their ready-to-wear collections. “I’m torn between Rachel Comey’s shingle boots and LD Tuttle's blue boot," says Christine. "I would also like to win the lottery.” As for Patty (who also included a lottery win in her wishlist), DLC Brooklyn's 'Drum Machine' necklace and an iPad 2 are official "must-haves."
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