Aurora James, Jeremy O. Harris, Daniela Soto-Innes and extra on the most effective items

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From Harper’s BAZAAR

The best gifts are recommended by those with the best taste. That’s why we asked some of our favorite creatives to reveal the fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle tips that are high on their vacation shopping lists.

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Kenya hunting

Fashion director & author

“I like things that come in moody colors and shapes, and I will also use my seasonal shopping as an opportunity to support black and small businesses,” says Hunt, Grazia UK fashion director and author of Girl Gurl Grrrl: About Femininity and belonging in the age of black girl magic (Amistad).

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Jeremy O. Harris

Actor & playwright

“My love language is giving. Finding the perfect item for someone is like finding the key to their joy – it’s my favorite thing, “says Harris, who is known for his plays” Daddy “and Slave Play, Tony’s most nominated play in history. ” Picks are rare finds and have been curated to surprise and tickle. “

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Daniela Soto-Innes

Chef & Restauranteur

“These gifts are based on products that I love and that I use, own and buy again and again,” notes Soto-Innes, former head chef and co-owner of Cosme and Atla restaurants in New York City, are functional and luxurious at the same time – little treasures that Enrich you every day. “In 2016 she received the James Beard Award for the Rising Star Chef and in 2019 she was named the best cook in the world at the 50 Best Restaurant Awards in the world.

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Sarah Hoover

Gallery owner

“My guide focuses on brands created and designed by women who make my life wonderful every day,” said Hoover, director of New York’s Gagosian gallery. “Cross-fertilizing brands I love with people I love to support businesses that are giving back causes that I love feels right now. “

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Aurora James


“My favorite part about giving is giving something that makes the other person feel like they’re being seen,” says Brother Vellies’ award-winning founder and creative director. “It’s great to talk to people’s ethics. If someone loves sustainability, craftsmanship, or vintage, go in those directions. “In 2020, James launched the 15 Percent Promise, asking large retailers to dedicate 15% of their shelf space to black-owned brands.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2020 / January 2021 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR and is available now at newsstands.


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Originally published December 22, 2020, 11:09 am

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