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.
Dior x Rimowa ‘Handcase’
I’ve never been really into box clutches mainly because it’s always too small to fit anything in, and you can’t even try due to its hard case. However, I’m very much willing to make an exception for the ‘Handcase’ from Kim Jones’ Dior x Rimowa line, as seen above. It takes the high fashion x streetwear x utilitarian style to the next level, boasting a luxurious aluminium case with practical compartments and cross-body leather strap (pre-order for HK$18,900 in blue, black, silver or pink) that is just both too cute and cool to pass up. — Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Midi Set
I’m a sucker for great travel sets because a) I am always guilty of haphazardly over-packing my skincare and makeup when I’m on the road, so I appreciate a neatly organised case and b) I always want the luxury of choice, which is hard to do when you’re simultaneously trying to pack light. This limited edition Lip Maestro Midi Set (HK$660) caught my eye with its vibrant GA case, packing medium sizes of the Lip Maestro velvet matte in four shades of rouge — from a pretty red bean hue to brick red to mauve nude. There’s also a mini Lip Maestro Matte in #206 plus the Crema Nera Extrema anti-ageing lotion that I would totally use to swipe over dry lips before matte lipstick application. And even after all the lippies are done (I have a feeling I’d use up #200 first) you can most definitely use the vanity pouch to store and bring all your other favourites on your next stylish getaway. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
18 East x Padmore & Barnes single piece monkstrap
The comfy, slightly transgressive swagger of the Clarks Wallabee is something which appeals to a wide swathe of pop culture — how many other styles can boast a fanbase that includes Cam’ron and Walter White? Like most iconic menswear however, its humble origins have been muffled by the white noise of modern marketing (its spiritual precursor was in fact a traditional design worn by Aran Fishermen). What I love about 18 East’s version (approx HK$1,370) is how it manages to feel like an incredibly loving tribute to the original, without losing anything in terms of everyday wearability. Creative Director Antonio Ciongoli followed the style’s basic premise — a single piece of cowhide, held together with cord — and upped the ante in a number of practical ways: dress shoe-style stitching is used to reinforce the vamp and ankle, while a single metal buckle offsets the predominantly neutral colour palette. Made with a singular piece of British suede, consider this the typical millennial’s gateway drug into more substantial, sustainable footwear. — Randy Lai, Watches Editor