As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods daily. 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 through to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Kaite ‘Maddy’ bustier top
Since we’re staying in and all and are really focusing on the basics most of the time (though, I have to confess, I kind of did get rather excited and went all out with a peplum top with big puffed sleeves last week to a work appointment with Chanel — it was my first chance to dress up in months), I think it’s a very good opportunity for us to give our wardrobes a little spring-cleaning, and perhaps swap out a few fashion staples: Pieces which, of course, have the magical capability of pulling together the rest of the items in our wardrobes.
I have had my eyes on this Kaite top (HK$8,450) for some time now. I adore the ribbed-knit detail on the knit and its sweetheart neckline and form-fitting silhouette is just so flattering. It is a great example of an elevated wardrobe staple, as its slimmed up hem will standout beautifully with shorts, and will also look very stylish when tucked into a pair of wide-legged trousers or flared jeans. If you want to experiment more, you could layer it under a sleeveless dress, as seen on the Kaite SS20 runway. — Cindie Chan, Style Editor
A. Lange & Sӧhne Lange 1 ‘Luminous’
Despite the general blunting of consumer confidence that’s accompanied the spread of CoVid-19, the vintage watch market remains a confusingly liquid place in which to derive value. Granted, there are some caveats to that observation: We’ve already seen a noticeable softening in the demand for much-hyped steel sports watches, and a drying up of the ‘bedroom dealers’ who seem to materialise wherever there’s excess money and a shortage of expertise. This clears the proverbial field then for some truly interesting pieces, many of which are being traded amongst long-time enthusiasts at prices reflective of certain goodwill.
A lot of that comes across in this reference 101.029 Lange 1 (HK$170,130) I think. Available through our friends at Watchbox HK — who have serviced this piece and back it with a two-year warranty — the now-discontinued 101.029 is a sportier take on the original Lange 1 design, notable for its use of lume in the markers and handset. All of the other Lange 1 hallmarks — the jumping date, a dial ordered according to the golden ratio — are still present, and true to form, the manually-wound handmade movement is something guaranteed to elicit a smile on even the worst of days. Schedule a time to drop by the Watchbox collector’s lounge and see for yourself. — Randy Lai, Watches Editor
Nuno Eco Silk Kimono
A recent find of mine by way of an exclusive collaboration with cult skincare brand Drunk Elephant is the Nuno eco silk kimono (US$95, approx. HK$736), one of the creations by the small brand based in Salt Lake City. While the custom creation itself isn’t available for retail, we stan any company that can make items that are as stylish as they are helpful to the environment, and Nuno is dedicated to both with its growing collection of eco silk robes, sleep masks and furoshiki wrapping scarves made of recycled plastic bottles — all worth a browse on their website.
Receiving one of these Nuno kimonos in the mail recently, it’s also launched me into a rabbit hole of researching sustainable fabrics. All of Nuno’s products are made of 100 percent recycled post-consumer PET which are spun into fine polyester fibres. The result is a surprisingly light and enjoyable fabric that the brand has dubbed ‘Neosilk’, which I find to be a better application of recycled polyester than, say, stretchy exercise gear that needs to be washed all the time. While Neosilk is still machine-washable, it’s important to note that washing polyester can also result in micro plastic pollution in oceans, and the only way so far to safeguard against that is by using a filtered laundry bag — or just minimise machine-washing synthetic fabrics and opt for hand-washing altogether.
In a world where apparently a million plastic bottles are being bought per minute — and only 9 percent is recycled, I love finding companies that are doing their part to tackle the problem of global waste. It’s about time everyone paid more attention to their impact on the planet, and if opting for a fun new kimono for your at-home spa sessions or couch time is a way to start, I’m all for it. — Evelyn Lok, Deputy Editor