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.
Fendi FF tote
I feel that one of the biggest struggles for working women when it comes to finding the right everyday bag is that most of the pretty ones are too small to store documents. If you agree, then you’ll love Fendi’s new FF tote. Debuted as part of the brand’s Resort 2020 collection, this new tote is a contemporary and sophisticated choice for all you office ladies. It has a very light yet structured 90s-inspired shape with FF logo golden details for an elegant and sophisticated look.
The FF tote has one big internal compartment and functional pockets providing generous space for organisation, and is available in calf leather in colours of red, optical white, pink, blue and black, as well as python leather, Fendi’s iconic selleria leather and shaved mink. All colours come in three sizes of small (HK$20,800+), medium (HK$23,800+) and extra-large, with the larger two suitable for A4 fit. Carry them using the short handles like a retro classical doctor bag, or with the long detachable strap across the body for a young and modern attitude. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Editions de Parfumes Frederic Malle: Rose et Cuir EDP
Before Jean-Claude Ellena became the house perfumer at Hermès, he worked with Frédéric Malle where he carved out a following for the perfume publisher with scents such as L’Eau d’Hiver and Bigarade Concentrée. The master of subtle poetry in scents makes a long awaited comeback following his departure from Hermès in 2016. 17 years on from their last work together, Ellena returns to Malle’s laboratory to create Rose et Cuir (HK$2,350/100ml; HK$1,650/50ml from Lane Crawford) billed as a crisp, modern interpretation of rose — without using rose at all.
Rather than the jammy pink stuff typical of a rose perfume, it’s a spicy, geranium- and sichuan pepper-led EDP that lends a silky smooth, almost cold texture on the nose — just imagine sniffing a rose in the wintertime. After a while, IsoButyl Quinoline (a controversial leather molecule sparsely used since its heyday in the Jazz Age) rears its head, reining back the light and airy whisper of romance with a sharp, clear and darkening oomph. It’s a marvel of science as well as perfumery, signalling the start of a new body of work for Ellena. The wild concoction has been described with oxymorons such as ‘a quiet storm’, ‘sober yet sparkling’, ‘controlled seduction’ and ‘a symphony of restraint’. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Cartier limited-edition Juste un Clou bracelet in black ceramic
While Cartier‘s iconic Love and Juste un Clou bracelets are jewellery pieces on everybody’s must-have list, the gold variations — whether yellow gold, rose gold or white gold — might feel a little bit too glitz and glam for some men. Fully aware of such concerns, Cartier has specially launched a black ceramic version for the more rebellious souls, which also comes in a never-before medium size! There are only 10 of this limited edition item available worldwide and one of them is in Hong Kong, now exclusively available at Cartier’s K11 MUSEA boutique for HK$150,000. —CC
Skinceuticals Custom D.O.S.E. Personalised Serum
Dermatologist-backed skincare brand Skinceuticals has celebrities such as J.Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow glowing thanks to the brand’s anti-ageing expertise, but you may be thinking twice before splurging HK$1,480 for a scant 30ml bottle of hyped serum that you’re not sure would work on you. That’s why getting a personalised product — tailor-made for your skin, makes it a much safer bet. Skinceuticals has got you covered for that. Its Fashion Walk flagship has recently launched the only Custom D.O.S.E. service in the entire Asia-Pacific region. A consultation pinpoints skin concerns that are invisible to the naked eye, such as the onset of pigmentation, clogged pores, dehydration, loose skin and fine lines.
The system then recommends the right ingredients and feeds it directly to the Custom D.O.S.E. machine, which spins the formula to create a cohesive serum. Mine contained liquorice and mulberry extracts to help even out skin tone; Proxylane to improve the firmness of the skin; as well as Hepes and Hydrovance to supplement the skin with hydration — ingredients also used in Skinceuticals’ star products, such as its C E Ferulic serum or the Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier. Made fresh and potent, it’s a joy to use especially in the morning when I’m rushing to get ready. Unlike filling your shelf with serums you’re not quite sure about, the Custom D.O.S.E. is absolutely worth the precious real estate on your counter. —EL