With the endless number of luxury labels in Bangkok, sometimes it’s hard keeping up with new releases all the time. As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new launches every single day, but it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s why we’ve created this Weekly Obsessions roundup, in order to give you an exclusive list of all the highly covetable items we are lusting over. From Stella McCartney to Saint Lauren, browse through our specially selected, top-rated picks to uncover what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Jim Thompson Star Leaves Jacquard Rooftop Bag
This year, the colour green comes in all forms of accessories – think emerald-encrusted jewellery and green marble home decor. Though most of you might be familiar with this fad already, we still love how Jim Thompson embraced it in a very fresh and fun way. Recently adding to its Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, the Star Leaves Jacquard Rooftop Bag (THB 39,500) is inspired by the aesthetic of nature, resulting in a lush leaf print with a mix of basil-green and ocean-blue shades. Crafted from soft lambskin, its leather flap is also embossed with a python pattern to reflect the characteristics and mysterious glamour of the Southeast Asian jungle. Thanks to its sparkly Swarovski crystal embellishments, I can wear this bag from dusk until dawn. – Chanya Ormtavesub, Staff Writer
OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer
The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M and I have something beautiful in common: we were both born in the same year. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the iconic dive watch gets a stunning makeover, taking from its original oceanic designs with new advanced materials and updates. Back bigger and bolder at 42mm, this model (THB 226,000) is crafted from stainless steel and 18K Sedna gold, with a blue ceramic bezel and Ceragold diving scale. I love the colour combination of the gold and the deep blue, and the sporty charm of the rubber strap. Of course, you could wear it out on your yacht, but you could also pair it with a suit like Daniel Craig (aka none other than James Bond) does in the OMEGA Seamaster campaign. This timepiece is so versatile. It’s so legendary. But what can I say? Those born in 1993 have always been known to be very, very cool. — Lisa Gries, Staff Writer
ELIE SAAB X’MAS Set 2018
With the holiday season well and truly knocking on the door, this ELIE SAAB X’MAS Set (THB 5,000) is as wonderful a gift to give, as it is to get. Like a treasure chest of joy, this special set comes with its signature Eau de Parfum both in usual and travel-friendly sizes, as well as a body lotions with the same aromatic scent. With a crisp top note of orange blossom and jasmine, wearing this perfume is like turning lemons into lemonade in this Bangkok heat, as it leaves nothing but freshness. The woody base of vanilla and warm honey also exudes elegant femininity. To prove its staying power, I tried the perfume on, and its smooth, sweet kisses lingered on my skin until the next morning. – CO
Stella McCartney Logo Shiny Black Glitter Sunglasses
I love a good pair of oversized sunglasses, and so when I received Stella McCartney’s sweet holiday gift guide, I knew these Logo Shiny Black Glitter Sunglasses (THB 12,000) would strut their way to the top of my wishlist in a heartbeat. The square frames and boxy design have something dramatic and contemporary about them, much suited to the woman who takes her fashion seriously (or at least, wishes to appear so). I can already imagine myself wearing these during a tanning sesh by the pool this weekend, or for apres-ski drinks in the winter (likely as a trusted hangover companion). Most notably, the sunglasses also come with a sleek black leather and gold protective case, which is always a definite plus in my books. — LG
Saint Laurent Paige Sandals In Painted Leather
Saint Laurent just unveiled its newest Women’s Spring 2019 collection, yet to hit stores, but I already know what I want as a New Year’s present to myself. So I’ve already pre-ordered these Paige sandals (THB 41,900) in painted leather, which sure enough made my heart skip a beat, and not just because of the painted heart motifs decorated onto them. The older I get, the more I realise how I want to embrace my younger more carefree side, but in a way that’s also comfortable too. These days, I’m not about rocking stilettos all day, as that is just plain painful. But these sandal-esque shoes feature thick heels that will give me the height I need without making my feet hurt. I’m in love. – Catherine Napalai Faulder, Managing Editor
Note: The item will be available in Saint Laurent stores in January 2019.
It’s Thanksgiving and in my house, nothing screams Thanksgiving like a pumpkin does. Now if you’ve watched the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving episode, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So in order to raise my fall spirit up through the roof, I pre-ordered this Pumpkin Cocotte (THB 17,741) in the shade of burnt orange from Staub — the cast iron cocotte specialist — just so I could step up my fall game in the kitchen. Made in France by skilled craftsmen, this Pumpkin Cocotte makes a great oven-to-table serving piece as well as being perfect for baking bread in or stewing my favourite Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon.— Kankanit Wichiantanon, Staff Writer.