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John Truex & Richard Lambertson’s holiday survival tips

John Truex & Richard Lambertson’s holiday tips

Design Directors, Shinola & Co-Owner, Privet HouseAs the forces behind the former, eponymous bag line, Lambertson Truex, John Truex and Richard Lambertson know that good things are often simple. The duo are now Design Directors at Shinola—and Lambertson co-owns one of the country’s best gift and home stores, Privet House—and so we asked them to share a few tips on what keeps them sane through the colder months.

  • 1

    First things first: Make a double batch of Patsy’s Bourbon Slush. It’s a holiday necessity. Your house will be filled with friends all through the season! All will be good.


    • 2-3oz cans frozen lemonade
    • 1-12oz can frozen orange juice
    • 2 cups hot strong tea
    • 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
    • 6 cups water
    • 2 to 2 1/2 cups quality bourbon
    • Ginger Ale
    • Mint
    1. Mix hot tea, sugar, lemonade, and orange juice together.
    2. Add water and bourbon.
    3. Freeze for three days.
    4. To serve, scoop into a rocks glass and top with cold ginger ale. Add mint to garnish.
  • 2

    Select four or more books out of the thirty purchased throughout the year and settle in front of the fire to enjoy some me time. For us: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; I’ll Drink to That, by Betty Halbreich; Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.

    • The Goldfinch
    • I'll Drink to That
    • Beautiful Ruins
  • 3

    Chill out with a marathon of fantastic shows on Netflix. Everyone needs a good binge of great shows. Once again—in front a blazing fire. We’ll be watching Orange is the New Black and American Horror Story.

  • 4

    This sounds scary, but I (John) really like taking the time to organize the closets. The best time to do this is during the holidays…it clears the mind and prepares you for the New Year.