As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s all but impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s what you’ll find in Weekly Obsessions: a running list of highly covetable items we’re currently mad about — because if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours, too. From the must-have fashion pieces of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Bottega Veneta The Chain Pouch
Everyone is, of course, in love with Daniel Lee’s The Pouch for Bottega Veneta. I am, too. To be honest though, pouches aren’t exactly something that I would prioritise in my shopping as I need both hands to be available most of the time for practical reasons. The Shoulder Pouch was great, but I find it a little too big and fluffy, and while The Pouch 20 was very cute, it was a tad too small for me.
For the Spring/Summer 2020 season, Lee seems to have tapped into the needs of the modern-day woman once again, evolving the signature dumpling silhouette. This time, he’s giving it a square ring chain shoulder strap — hence its name The Chain Pouch (HK$28,700) — that not only answers my prayers for an everyday-sized bag that I can carry around hands-free, but also adds a layer of effortless glamour to this much-coveted design. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Avestan by Brandon Truaxe
They say people always want what they can’t have, and Avestan, the fragrance passion project by Deciem’s late founder Brandon Truaxe, just might be the most exclusive perfume ever created. You’ll only find it at a brick-and-mortar store in London’s Soho, the single-product flagship launched last December as a tribute to the visionary behind Canadian beauty group Deciem. Everything about it personifies Truaxe’s out-of-the-box thinking and insistence on transparency and integrity — from its rustic chic bottle and untreated shop interiors to its friendly price point (just £38 or approx. HK$384), to its unique story.
Close to a decade of R&D in the making, Brandon Truaxe set out to create a fragrance that did not use notes that typically evoke memories as they do in the mainstream fragrance industry. While fragrances by Diptyque, for instance, are designed to recall olfactory landscapes, Truaxe chose to go the complete opposite direction: he wanted complete, pleasing unfamiliarity. I am undoubtedly intrigued by how such a feat can be done, so next time I land in London, I’ll be sure to make a beeline for the store on 73 Beak Street (unless someone wants to pick up a bottle for me?). —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Sandro tie-dyed sweater with embroidered smiley
In light of recent public health concerns and with masks now an everyday necessity, sometimes all we want is to keep our attires casual and easy. That’s where this sweater (HK$2,345) from Sandro‘s Spring/Summer 2020 Smiling collection comes into the picture. It features a tie-dye pattern for a simple but interesting visual, topped with the iconic Smiley emoticon that reminds us to remain hopeful during these trying times. —CC
Lululemon x Robert Geller 3-in-1 parka
The latest collaboration between Lululemon and CFDA-nominated designer Robert Geller remains as covetable as in previous seasons — expect this capsule to sell like hotcakes. Our favourite piece happens to be this ‘3-in-1’ parka (HK$4,580), a multilayered outerwear design that’s great for a range of activities across transitional weather. The striking digital camo is evocative of classic Geller and is imagined this time round in Lululemon’s signature Glyde fabric. That makes the outer shell both waterproof and extremely moisture resistant — a godsend once typhoon season rolls into Hong Kong. Travelling somewhere chilly? Not to worry: a discrete quilted vest, attachable with a series of snap fasteners, has got you covered. Once you’re warmed up, consider dispensing with the parka altogether (we think the vest looks great layered over a training shirt). —Randy Lai, Watches Editor