Barneys' Fashion Director Spills Her Spring-Shopping List

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Welcome to "My Life In Credits," a fun (and informative!) fill-in-the-blank Q&A with our favorite stylish peeps. Have some questions of your own for our fashion friends? Sound off in the comments. We'll be sure to get them on the ledger for the next round. For now, find out what Barneys New York fashion director Tomoko Ogura is obsessing over this season.
1 bPhoto: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

Fashion-director extraordinaire Tomoko Ogura is responsible for checking out designer collections on the daily (you can bet she gets all the best front-row tickets), scouting new retail talent, and overseeing tons of special projects, too. She's essentially Barneys New York's version of a superhero, decked out in incredibly chic wares, of course. Click through to peep her seasonal must-haves, the itty-bitty onesie she scored for her niece, and the beauty buys she simply can't leave home without. And, for even more sartorial digest, look no further than Tomoko's Instagram feeds (@barneysnyofficial and @tomokoogura).

I am responding to this Q&A on a...
Macbook Air.

The very last thing I bought was...
Valextra's Brera messenger bag. I loved it in the showroom six months ago and I still love it now.

This past week, I splurged on...
My upcoming vacation to Vietnam. I’ll be relaxing on the beach in Da Nang and eating my heart out in Hội An.

The current star of my closet is...
An amazing Dries Van Noten vest — my favorite piece from the label's spring '14 collection.

3Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

Sneaker of choice...
Tough decision. But, lately I have been wearing my Common Projects sneakers a lot.

These shoes don't hurt my feet one bit...
The 20 to 25 mm heel on Esquivel's hand-painted, suede derbys means I can wear them all day long.

The most comfortable item in my closet (besides the Esquivels) is...
6397's loose skinny jeans.

But, I really, really wish I was wearing...
A Bantu swimsuit — especially if it meant I were on a beautiful beach somewhere far, far away.

If the Smithsonian asked me to donate one item that truly represented me, it would be...
A teapot my mother gave me.

2Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

It's Monday morning. I'm running late to work but always find time to apply...
La Mer's Crème De La Mer

It's Saturday night. And, my makeup bag is completely incomplete without...
La Mer Crème De La Mer, Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara, and By Terry Rose Balm Gloss.

In the shower, I lather up with...
Aesop's classic shampoo. And, every few years, if I’m lucky, I get a bottle of shampoo from the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica. It’s shampoo they only sell there, and the intense pepper in it makes your scalp tingle.

I brush my teeth with...
Sensodyne Extra Whitening.

My go-to scent is...
Byredo Palermo. And, in general, I love the smell of yuzu — a Japanese citrus fruit — because it reminds me of home.

5Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

My travel-bag game is pretty intense...
I have a pouch system when I travel — different pouches for different things. I’m mindful of the size of the pouch and each one's multi-functional potential. Some that I love, include: Comme des Garçons' patchwork large zip pouch, Valextra's zip pouch, and Reece Hudson's Bowery pouchette.

Hands down, the best purchase I've made abroad...
My best friend and I once ventured to this warehouse on the outskirts of Jaipur and found these beautiful wooden boxes. Nothing was actually for sale, but we convinced the owners to sell two of them to us for a few dollars.

My secret shopping destination is just a hop, skip, and a continent (or two) away...
It's about a 30-minute subway ride from my parent’s apartment in Tokyo.

4Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

The last gift I bought was...
A Barneys New York onesie for my niece.

My favorite brand of T-shirt or sweatshirt...
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo brand's rib-knit, long-sleeve T-Shirt is so soft against my skin.

I'm not a denim hoarder, but...
I do love denim, and I go through cycles of about five pairs at any given time. The current rotation includes: R13's cross-over and slouch skinny, 6397's loose skinny, NSF's boyfriend jean, and 1.61's chinos. But, if I had to pick a favorite, it's R13 slouch skinny. And, for fall I’m very excited to try out Simon Miller's women's collection.

I accent with this necklace to make my outfit feel extra special...
I was just telling Jennifer Fisher yesterday that whenever I'm feeling a bit frumpy I accessorize with this choker and somehow I feel a bit more polished — even in jeans and a T-shirt.