As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods every day. 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 fashion must-haves of the moment to lust-worthy beauty releases, scroll through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Ikea Japan Efterträda capsule collection
Just as we thought we’ve had enough of lying around at home in nothing else but sweats, Ikea Japan has launched an apparel collection that would very possibly reignite your interest.
A follow-up on the Swedish furniture brand’s wildly popular collaboration with Virgil Abloh last year, the newly dropped Efterträda (Swedish for ‘successor’) capsule is the first-ever official apparel line developed by Ikea’s Japanese branch. The line features products that are “both inspired by, and made for, the people of Tokyo,” comprising not only t-shirts and hoodies, but also a tote bag, an umbrella, two bath towels, two water bottles, and more to come.
The capsule has just been pre-launched at Ikea’s Harajuku store, but is also set to roll out on Ikea’s online store from 7 August. — Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Junya Watanabe Man x Carhartt patchworked worker’s jacket
If you’re being purely rational, in this brave new epoch of Zoom calls, remote working and feather-soft home slippers there’s little call for designer outerwear. The solution? Quit being so rational. Released as part of an ongoing collaboration with Detroit-based workwear label Carhartt, Junya Watanabe’s signature patchwork jacket (HK$1,800) is bound to add a dose of verve to even the most tiring t-shirt and khaki combo. This particular version was made as part of the Japanese designer’s Fall 17 presentation, cast in a heavy-duty bone cotton that has been reinforced with traditional details like elbow patches and an on-seam locker loop. The latter are coloured ecru so that they stand apart visibly from the rest of the jacket’s construction. Pre-owned, but in excellent condition. —Randy Lai, Editor
Tatcha The Rice Polish
While some have been going all out, pampering themselves with at-home spa nights with all this new downtime at home, I’ve actually been foregoing a few steps — especially when the most exciting place to be that day is the living room. SPF? Never heard of her*. So when I finally catch my pores in the mirror every couple of days or so, I’m in for quite a shock.
If greasy, textured skin has been one of your biggest complexion complaints of late like it has been for me, you’re probably not exfoliating enough. However, Tatcha‘s bestselling Rice Polish (HK$560/60g), is just the soothing experience needed to clear out all that gunk without it feeling like a chore.
Inspired by the age-old Japanese beauty secret of using first-wash rice water to smooth the skin, this exfoliating polish uses ultra-fine milled rice to slough dead skin and dirt off in a way that’s kinder to the skin. Other ingredients such as papaya enzymes and Tatcha’s Hadasei-3 complex of fermented antioxidants help to brighten and smooth the skin even more, while helping the powder lather up into a silky cloud that you can comfortably massage onto your face.
The result is such nicely hydrated, clear and comfortable skin that you wonder why you don’t bother to do this daily when you totally could. And then — you change from your day pyjamas into your night ones, and you remember why. — Evelyn Lok, Managing Editor
*Please actually remember to apply sunscreen regularly, though. You’ll regret it in a few years if you don’t.