Personal Effects: Lee Broom

The award-winning, London-based product and interior designer talks about the everyday (and extra special) items he can't live without.

“I love Aesop product. My bathroom is pretty much an Aesop store. The Rosehip Seed Lip Cream and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm I’m never without. Pol Roger is my favorite Champagne and it takes up a lot of space in my fridge both at home and in my office. There’s always an occasion for Champagne for me, and this one is beautifully balanced. It also makes the perfect gift. One day I would love to visit the house in Épernay and see the historic cellars. I’m never without my A4 landscape watercolor sketchpads from Moleskine. I’m always drawing and it’s a must to have them on hand. I have a stack at the office, always one in my bag for when I’m traveling, and they are the only books I keep on the bedside table at home. I find it’s a great way to de-stress at the end of the day and also useful for when I wake up inspired by a thought or dream. I was given a very beautiful Cartier diamond Love ring many years ago and I always wear it. If it’s not on my hand its on a chain around my neck. It’s very special to me. I love the simplicity of the design and it’s an iconic Cartier style. I would like to add to it with a matching white gold bracelet. I have quite a few pairs of Dior sunglasses. They really suit my style, which is luxury leisurewear. I travel so much they’re also very useful for when I’m stepping of a plane. Lastly, I love my Keith Haring Jacket. I bought this at the I. Brewster & Co art gallery in Philadelphia many years ago now. He only created a few of these—one for himself, his boyfriend, and one for Madonna—so it’s a very treasured item, which currently hangs in my London apartment.”


Aesop lip cream with rosehip seed, $15;
Aesop hand balm, $27;
Pol Roger Brut Champagne, $50;

Moleskine large watercolor notebook, $30;
Cartier 18-karat white gold and diamond ring, $2,160;
Dior sunglasses, available only in Dior boutiques;

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Givenchy stainless steel and nylon watch, $890; ​