As editors at Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new luxury goods virtually 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 shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Though branded scarves are a dime a dozen these days, there’s just something about Loewe’s version (HK$1,430) that I find undeniably charming. Maybe it’s the vague air of abstract expressionism — courtesy of a graduated dyeing technique known as dégradé — or the very clever and visible deployment of mohair. Whatever the case, this minimally branded number — conceived by Irish designer John Anderson — is an excellent gift to give this holiday season. Warm, slightly oversized and distinct from the sea of printed “luxury” shawls that plague us yearly, it’s the kind of accessory that will flatter any number of giftees — regardless of whether they’re boys or girls, classic or trend-obsessed. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Unpopular opinion (with the universal belovedness of Meghan Markle be damned): I have always found Strathberry’s signature tote handbags, with its thin metal bar clasp over the handle, quite cumbersome — but I’m about to change my tune. The Scottish brand is, of course, no stranger to tartan (we even gave away a ruby tartan nano tote for 2017’s Lifestyle Asia giveaway extravaganza), but previously it was fashioned in leather. For SS19, it’s launching a similar whimsical pattern, but now in an array of attractive, sophisticated yet youthful tweed, paying homage once again to signature Scots textile technique. I’m particularly drawn to this East/West shoulder bag style with a new thick strap, and a vibrant turquoise and yellow tone that makes for an easy winter-spring transition. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
It’s party season, and you’re probably about to put on more makeup than you usually do with all the social engagements of the month. Hence, you’re going to need a fantastic cleanser to get all the muck out of your pores at the end of the day. My recent go-to is Sulwhasoo’s holy grail gentle cleansing oil, which is an absolute joy to use with its light ginseng scent. I also like to kid myself that the purifying and healing qualities of ginseng will absolve me of all sins — and this almost feels like it does. As the first step of a double cleansing routine, this melts off all makeup and leaves my skin ridiculously clear and smooth. It almost deters me to stop reaching for my second cleanser (a foaming one). Don’t. Make sure you cleanse twice and moisturise well before bed! —EL
Even if you’re relatively new to the world of fine Swiss horology, you’re likely to have stumbled across Zenith — the LVMH-owned watchmaker founded in Neuchâtel over a century ago. Today, the brand is much-loved for cutting edge watches like the Defy Classic. However, its true badge of honour emanates from the El Primero. Launched in 1969, the aforementioned calibre was the world’s first automatic chronograph; housed inside a discrete 38mm case that would go on to define sports watch design codes for much of the latter 20th century. Boasting a movement rate of 36,000 vph, the first El Primero calibres wound up inside various Rolex Daytona references (1988-2000); adding to their reputation for accuracy and resilience. Now, watch lovers can experience this chronograph of historical import inside an all-new package, thanks to the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster (HK$52,354). Exhibiting the same proportions and dial execution as its spiritual ancestor, this chronograph pays tribute to the El Primeros of yore, with its tricolour registers and iterative calibre 400B. A must-have for watch lovers who are as serious about technical innovation as they are vintage design. —RL
I’m terribly lucky to be able to say I’m inundated with endless beauty samples to try, but there are some items that just can’t make it into my regular skincare arsenal because… well, because who has the time to do a million steps every night before bed? It’s only when I find myself on vacation that I can really lie back and give myself a full blown spa ‘do in my hotel room. This travel set from ayurvedic wellness brand Subtle Energies is just the thing to indulge in on trips. With new inhalation patches of jetlag-fighting essential oil blends, three cabin-approved oil blends to help detox, ease tired muscles and calm the senses, as well as an energising, bloat-fighting spray, I’ll be bringing this travel set on my next trip for sure. —EL