Pure Picks: Dianne Vavra

The owner of vintage boutique Vavra New York unveils her meaningful faves for the spring season and beyond.
“I love pieces that tell a story,” says Vavra. “All the pieces here have a unique story—from the inspiration for the candle imagery or the fragrance notes to the behind-the-scenes story of the stunning Chanel vintage necklace or the apartment sale in Paris where the box bag was found.”  Photo: John D’angelo


“This candle by my friend Jessica Lichtenstein makes the perfect hostess gift and looks so beautiful. The lavender fragrance is divine.” Light My Fire candle, $100, jessicalichtenstein.com



“My skin care must-have to keep that golden hour glow year-round, this glow-producing, collagen-boosting, moisture-lock face oil also hydrates and moisturizes. I adore the bright floral, sunny fragrance.” Golden Ray glow face oil, $112, biographnyc.com (Use code VAVRA20 for 20 percent off)
“I love the inspiration for this fragrance: the Mediterranean Sea at night—the smell of the warm sea water and air combined with the forest called Garrigue. Notes include amber, vetiver, honeycomb, vanilla and patchouli.” Sexy Garrigue, $260, veroniquegabai.com




“This 1980s rare runway filigree piece is an over-the-top statement necklace. My favorite kind of vintage jewelry: over the top! This unique Chanel jewel is from the Karl Lagerfeld era and gives me instant elegance, whether styled with a T-shirt and jeans or black tie—it’s a go-to that never disappoints.” Vintage early-2000s rare Chanel runway necklace, $4,995, vavranewyork.com
“My 1940s seashell fold-up Swiss travel clock is the perfect ‘by the sea’ bedside accessory. This gold seashell casing with blue marina face adds instant glam to any decor. It’s an extension of my jewelry box that can travel with me wherever I go. It feels so Hollywood and I love it.” Mid-century gold shell traveling clock, $195, available at vavranewyork.com
“This vintage 1940s pearlized Lucite box bag with gold filigree trim and hand-painted, jeweled courting couple clasp gives me Cinderella vibes. It’s so romantic I love displaying this treasure on my coffee table on top of a stack of my favorite fashion books. I can hide all my goodies in there, or carry this bag day or night for instant nostalgic glam.” 1940s Lucite box bag with courting couple clasp, $295, available at vavranewyork.com