As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every single day, but with so many new releases rolling out all the time, it’s virtually 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 shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
The intricate craft of tapestry has been around for thousands of years, and continues to fascinate even in today’s world of mass production. Loewe‘s creative director J.W. Anderson is also known for being a fabric obsessive; for Salone del Mobile 2018, the designer travelled with his team to some of the most remote corners of the world, collaborating with local traditional artisans on a collection of tapestry and blanket tote bags (prices range from HK$17,500 to HK$35,100) in an effort to honour, preserve and celebrate the special form of art. These bags have finally arrived at Loewe’s Landmark store in Hong Kong, with profits from the creations donated to charities promoting women’s education in minority communities and worldwide traditional crafts. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Those who are familiar with Hermès will have heard the name “Robe du Soir”, a term associated with the best-selling silk scarves conceived by house designer Florence Manlik. Chasing synergy across all product categories, Hermès have now duplicated their accessory on the horological front with the Arceau Robe du Soir timepieces. Limited to a run of just 12, the timepieces transpose the decorative art of mosaics into a wholly new medium — watchmaking. From the confines of a warm and inviting 41mm rose gold case, wearers are able to enjoy the brand’s trademark equestrian motif, formed from no less than 2,200 leather fragments. Using a medley of red, blue and neutrally coloured calfskin — sourced from Hermès tanneries — to “paint” a picture is an ambitious artistic goal; and although this timepiece is unlikely to stir the more mechanically driven watch lover, you’ve got to admire the audacity that must be required to take a traditional craft like mosaic making and reimagine it for watches. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
The last time GHD revolutionised hair styling was in 2015, when it launched the top-of-the-line Platinum Styler. Three years on, they’ve finally topped themselves with the world’s first smart styler: the Platinum+ (HK$2,580). Looks haven’t really changed, but it now uses a predictive technology to adjust the heat according to your hair’s thickness and the speed you’re passing it through the styler. Equipped with infinity sensor panels over just the three sensors in the predecessor, the Platinum+ can now monitor the heat 250 times per second, maintaining hair temperature at the optimum 185˚C. You end up just needing one stroke to achieve effortlessly glamourous curls. For thick-haired girls such as myself, it’s a total game changer as I end up being able to style larger sections, creating much more natural waves with greater ease and faster styling time. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
I’ve always had a soft spot for the kind of designers who are willing to tackle negative preconceptions associated with the “Made in China” label — precisely what Hong Kongers Tobe Fong & TC Ng are doing through their upstart label, Craftsman Co. Inspired by the likes of matinee idols such as Cary Grant and Paul Newman, the core of the brand’s offering has predominantly been rugged, classically-minded outerwear, and with styles like this “Rakish” safari jacket (approx HK$6,130) it’s easy to see why. Made using a robust luxuriant lambsuede, this safari (you can order the MTM version here) is a deft complement to classic menswear wardrobes. Wear it belted for an exaggeratedly louche silhouette, taking full advantage of function-enhancing details like an inverted back pleat and deep quadrupled flap pockets. —RL
In our constant quest to find products that are both better for us and better for the planet, every change in habit counts. Cruelty-free, vegan, free from toxic chemicals and always packaged plastic-free, Coconut Matter’s repertoire of body and skincare products are fantastic for those trying to forge a cleaner lifestyle without compromising personal hygiene habits. It goes without saying that Hong Kong is a year-round sweaty place, and the recently launched prebiotic deodorant sticks (HK$95 each) have been a morning routine and gym bag essential for me lately. Featuring a mild, mood-boosting scent range suited for men and women, the prebiotic formula also fuels good bacteria to fight the odour-producing bad bacteria, and doesn’t block sweat glands while doing it. —EL