Barneys' Madison Avenue personal shopper Sonya Benson is one of the very cool New York City style set. Best friends with Rihanna, who openly hails her as one of her earliest fashion influences and did a speech at her wedding; Benson is 6 foot tall, enamored by the ‘60s and is no ordinary stylist. That’s exactly why we love her! She has a knowledge that is second-to-none on designer collections and aesthetics, as well as a ultra-cool, laid back and earthy approach. As she herself shrugs "It’s never about how much money you spend; it’s always about how you feel.” We couldn’t agree more. Exclusively for The Chosen Club we asked her to share 10 things she’d love to receive as a gift.


The Barneys New York Coffee Table Book


I have worked at Barneys New York for over 20 years and this book brings back major fashion memories. My styling work is even on a few of the pages!


Fornasetti Malachite Stool


My entire bedroom is designed in Fornacetti and has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.I need both of these stools as bed side tables.


Fornasetti Serrature Three-Legged Stool


Once I have this that room is totally finished.  Every girl should have one practical gift on their wish list…ha!


Sidney Garber Golden Links Necklace


This would be an amazing edition to my already extensive Sidney Garber Jewelry collection. I love these pieces and love Brookes positive energy she brings to each piece. It's a true feel good collection.


Renee Lewis Shake Oval Pendant Necklace


I am a huge fan of Renee Lewis, she rebuilds her antique pieces into one of kind jewelry. I get to be the only person who owns it. Every new piece I add to my collection is timeless. I would also wear the Garber necklace and this Renee together mixing the metals. I'm not afraid to walk around in the real deal, I love it actually. I also love a good jewelry situation with jeans and a fab coat. It’s pretty much my thing.




Sevan Bicakci "Live for Love" ring signifies where I am in my life. My husband really is my better half. Meeting and marrying James is my life’s bonus. There is amazing sentiment behind this gift.


Mark Cross Benchley Camera Bag


This is on my wish list because they are everything in life. Marc Cross flies out of the door anytime I am involved with an outfit. I love them!


Delvaux Brilliant MM Sellier Satchel


This bag is the true meaning of luxury. I have been looking for a white bag for forever and now I have found it. I want to add it to my winter wardrobe and throw that whole 'no white after labor day' rule out the door.


Saint Laurent "Texan" Fringed Jacket

$1239 (was $4950)

I would like for this Texan to hang in my closet immediately, my gift to myself. A true archival piece that belongs on a fashion insider.


Gianvito Rossi Suede Ankle Tie Sandals in Denim


The perfect designed shoe with a plexiglass smoked heel. I mean that just sounds sexy doesn’t it.