Shortlist: Tim Gunn

12 things he can't live without

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Robert Erdmann

12 things he can't live without

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Robert Erdmann

On , Tim Gunn is every designer's dream mentor—dapper and discerning, truthful yet tactful, and completely sincere in his hope that eventually you'll make it work. Now in its 10th season, the reality- TV series has transformed this former head of fashion design at Parsons into a household name. Gunn's penthouse duplex apartment on New York's Upper West Side is where he loves to retreat—and decorate. "I am a nester," says Gunn, whose third book, (Gallery Books), has just been published. "I'm 59, and I still enjoy moving the furniture around." A special collector's-edition Tim Gunn Barbie doll—complete with a mix-and-match wardrobe— has also just launched. With luck, a Gunn-designed Barbie Dreamhouse will soon follow.

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1. NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY

I love New York, but the traffic is unimaginably
congested. The monthly MetroCard is my savior.

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COURTESY OF TIMOTHY RICHARDS, BATH, ENGLAND
2. ARCHITECTURAL MODELS

I have 10 miniature wonders by Timothy Richards, including Oxford's Radcliffe Camera.

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3. SUITSUPPLY

Impeccable and affordable men's clothing from the Netherlands, and my new wardrobe go-to.

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COURTESY OF PEPPERIDGE FARM

My cocktail-snack staple. I felt validated when I found out they were Julia Child's, too.

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As one who is pushing 60, I rely upon these products to forestall anything more invasive.

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Books arrive in two days, and you can stream almost anything. Need I say more?

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My sanctuary—the greatest and most welcoming museum in the world.

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HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES
8. RITTENHOUSE RYE WHISKY

Pricey, but worth it when you love Manhattans the way I do.

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9. 'S WILMINGTON TAN

It's the sublimely soothing color of the limestone in Bath, England.

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COURTESY OF TRACE MAYER ANTIQUES
10. MING DYNASTY TOMB FURNITURE

I began collecting these diminutive chairs
and tables on trips to Hong Kong in the 1990s.

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COURTESY OF THE LEGO GROUP

I was an addict as a kid; I still am. Now they have architectural classics like the .

12. MY RIMLESS EYEGLASSES
I've worn the same style of frames for two decades. They're by the Japanese industrial designer .

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