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.
dunhill ‘Archive Goldfish’ phone holder
While almost every other brand is embellishing their Chinese New Year capsule creations with mouse cartoons and illustrations, dunhill is choosing to stamp theirs with a poetic-looking red goldfish — a motif that is repeatedly found in creations from the house’s archives, and one that also represents good fortune, health and happiness during the Spring Festival.
Lately I’ve been searching for a leather case with a long strap to carry my office door card in and this CNY-edition from dunhill seems like the perfect fit. It’s actually a phone holder (HK$2,050) in smooth black leather that has an adjustable lanyard for carrying around the neck or secured to a bag, along with a main compartment designed with a size to fit most phones, and also three card slots, which makes it even more functional. —CC
Second/Layer ‘Pico’ suit
As somebody in the new media game, I often find myself butting heads with fashion bros who have — how do I put this? — a profoundly platonic mentality towards classic menswear. By his own admission, the hypebeast finds your average 2-piece suit to be a handsome yet ultimately irrelevant addition to his lifestyle; instead favouring pieces that embrace a more focused, topical identity. Well, to such guys I say “get thee to Second/Layer“!
The LA-based brand is a key player in the current crop of swaggy West Coast menswear labels; typified by gender-neutral design, quality tailoring, and an artistic direction borrowing heavily from Californian surf/skate culture. Each season, co-designers Joshua Willis & Anthony Franco create at least two riffs on their bestselling ‘Pico’ suit — a vibey, double-breasted silhouette that is core to Second/Layer’s overarching ‘Dominican Playboy’ aesthetic. I particularly love the ‘rust’ style for Fall (approx HK$8,156). The slouchy, slightly oversized cut ensures that both trousers and blazer will look great when worn separately; while the fabric’s slightly glossy sheen confirms that your dad’s rotary blazer this ain’t. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor
Caudalie Premier Cru Serum
“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell” my high school biology textbooks read — little did I know that would become crucial information later in life. You see, as we age, our cellular metabolism also slows down, meaning our cells are operating at a much lower level, resulting in a lack of collagen in the skin, dullness and other symptoms that undeniably come with age. Therefore, to give our cells that jolt of energy to maintain a youthful appearance, we need to address the skin’s mitochondrial energy.
Caudalie’s newly patented Vinergy, which is showcased in its all-new Premier Cru Serum (HK$1,100/30ml) works to boost cellular energy and collagen production by 46 percent in just two days (and amplified when used with the Premier Cru Cream (HK$880/50ml). The Vinergy complex is the first of its kind to combine Vine Resveratrol and antioxidising Betaine Plant, which both stimulate the cells to restore our cellular energy back to the way it was at age 21. After trying the serum at a recent microneedling facial, I am absolutely head over heels with the results. If you, like me, apply a little science to your skincare routine, I’m confident you will be too. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor