Musings On Hanukkah: Marc Jacobs… Isaac Mizrahi… Allen Schwartz…

"My contribution for the holiday season is showing up in a very ridiculous costume at our [company] holiday party. I'm not really a Hanukkah person and I'm...

Marc Jacobs: “My contribution for the holiday season is showing up in a very ridiculous costume at our [company] holiday party. I’m not really a Hanukkah person and I’m only a part-time Christmas person. We try to have a non-denominational holiday window every year.” (Last year, Jacobs went the take-a-Polaroid-with-Santa route, but this year, he’s placed a toy soldier and swan princess in his West Village store window.)

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Isaac Mizrahi: “This year, I created a Hanukkah dog line for Target. And not a moment too soon. My boyfriend got a Jack Russell-Beagle mix named Deano over the summer and he’s very difficult to find presents for. So for Hanukkah I’ll be getting Deano a Kosher bone, a Star of David sweater and a Dreidel chew toy.”

Allen Schwartz: “My 14-year-old son Johnny is trying to make a deal with me to get one big Hanukkah gift instead of eight small ones. He wants a Yorkshire terrier. I’m just trying to tell him that it’s going to be all his responsibility.” As for Schwartz’s daughter Danielle, 23, “She’s thinking of trading in her BMW for a hybrid or a retro Thunderbird. She also graduates from college at the end of the month, and that’s what she’s counting on — a T-bird.”

Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jeffrey New York: “I need to get presents for my mom and dad who are really hard to shop for, but they actually got some things at my store just the other day. My dad bought a white leather Prada windbreaker and my mother bought this short-sleeved pink Chanel jacket, so I’m thinking I’ll treat them to their purchases for Hanukkah.”

Stuart Weitzman: “My wife Jane has worked shoes into one of our family’s unique traditions — the shoe hunt. She searches for fabulous inspirational antique designs to give me for Hanukkah. The best ones I’ve received are the ones that my father Mr. Seymour made 60 or 70 years ago.”

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia: “When I was eight, I was desperate for green suede studded cowboy boots. I found them hidden in the hallway closet one afternoon while my mom was out playing tennis. When I heard her come in I shut myself, wearing my new boots, in the closet, thinking I would be hidden among the boxes and coats….It worked until she tried to toss her racket in.”

Cameron Silver, Decades Inc.: “When you’re an only child, you don’t get many bad gifts, but I got a lot of horrible LPs in the Eighties, like one by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), the sheer misfortune of which I can only now comprehend.”

Yigal Azrouël: “I’m actually in the process of designing a light installation in the boutique for the holidays. Something bright and fun….It won’t be Hanukkah or Christmas-themed, just festive.” On Hanukkahs past: “Great food is what made [Hanukkah] especially fun. We would stuff ourselves with Sufganiyot, which are Israel’s doughnuts. I could eat many a Sufganiyot.”