Here in the midst of the holiday season, we can’t help but get swept up in the spirit of giving. Whether it’s picking the perfect travel accessory for the jetsetter on our list or finding that personal hostess gift for every holiday party, giving the right gift comes with its own rewards. With that in mind, we turned to members of our Barneys family and asked them to play Secret Santa for some of their favorite designers this season. Scroll on to see who’ll be cleaning up in the presents department this year, then head over to Barneys to cross a few items off your own gifting list.


Jennifer Sunwoo
EVP/GMM Women’s

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CALEB SEIMON Scuro Soft Cylinder Vase / R&Y AUGOUSTI Vintage Shagreen Picture Frame

Narciso Rodriguez is one of my favorite designers, not only because he makes women feel beautiful and confident in his clothes, but also because he is incredibly generous and genuinely kind-hearted. His office is filled with photographs of his friends and loved ones, so this shagreen frame would be a perfect gift. The gorgeous Caleb Siemon vase reminds me of Narciso’s exquisite color-blocked dresses and would also compliment his office or home.”

Simon Doonan
Creative Ambassador At Large

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Chrome Alligator Chess Set

“This Barneys New York chess set is severe, architectural, and glam. In other words, it is screaming Saint Laurent. What better way for Hedi Slimane to unwind after an exhausting show than with a mind-cleansing game of chess?”

Sharon Taylor
Group Manager, Beverly Hills

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MOSER USA Smokey Tipsy Decanter

“I’ve chosen a Secret Santa gift for Brooke Neidich, who continues her father Sidney Garber’s legacy of clean and sophisticated jewelry. This decanter by Moser—post–modern, handmade, and artful—reminds me of the sophisticated and clean lines of the Sidney Garber collection and is perfect for entertaining during the holiday season.”

Michael King
Director of Special Projects

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CIRE TRUDON Spiritus Sancti Great Candle

“A luxurious home scent makes a great gift for the holidays, so this Christmas I will be getting Alexander Wang the large size Cire Trudon candle—his fave!—to fill his house with a heavenly scent of lily of the valley.”

Lauren Painter
Buyer, Women’s Accessories

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“While I’ve always been a tremendous fan of her work, I’ve also become lucky enough to call Ana Khouri a friend.  I’d love to gift her this Narciso Rodriguez clutch, since Ana has a love of all things Narciso, even collaborating with him on some incredible jewelry for his Spring 16 runway show. This particular style seems especially perfect for her, as the clutch uniquely curves to the hand, just as Ana’s designs beautifully mold to the wearer’s body.”

Tom Kalenderian
EVP/GMM, Men’s and Chelsea Passage

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CONNOR Coral Coasters


“I would like to give Gianluca Isaia the coral coasters from Connor for all his holiday cocktail parties. These coasters have special significance for Gianluca—red coral is an icon Isaia uses, and also represents the Bay of Naples, which is home to the artistry of Neapolitans and the city of Capri, Gianluca’s second home. The red coral also symbolizes Gianluca’s personal warmth.”

Jennie Baek
Personal Shopper, Beverly Hills

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BLEU NATURE Kisimi Burnt Branch Side Table

“I would love to be Dries Van Noten‘s secret Santa! Dries is a master mixer of prints and textiles, and there’s always an element of nature infused into his collection. Because of that, I would gift him the Bleu Nature’s Kisimi table that is crafted from burnt branches suspended in acrylic glass. Since the line is all one-of-a-kind and sourced from shorelines around the world, I believe Dries would really appreciate the beauty, innovation, and craftsmanship of the side table.”

Ashley Calandra
Senior Director, Public Relations

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SMYTHSON “Inspirations and Ideas” Panama Notebook / 111SKIN Jet Set Deluxe Travel Collection

Maria Cornejo is one of my favorite designers, not to mention one of my favorite people. When designing her collections, she’s often inspired by the idea of travel, so I thought what better gift to give than a travel set from one of my favorite skincare lines, 111Skin, and a notebook from Smythson. That way, Maria can indulge a little while she’s jotting down ideas for her next season’s masterpieces.”

Tomoko Ogura
Senior Fashion Director

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PRYMA Headphones

“To the passionate and deeply knowledgeable opera guru Albertus Swanepoel, I’d give a pair of Pryma headphones so that he can listen to his music in peace and style wherever he may be.”


Lauren Bell
Men’s, Children’s, & Home Merchandising

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SMYTHSON Large Floppy Manuscript Book

“I would gift Monsieur Christian Louboutin this beautiful Smythson leather notebook. He designs the most beautiful shoes, and this is the perfect gift for a designer to hold beautiful sketches. It would have to be in red, his signature color.”

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