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.
Louis Vuitton LV Escale pouches
When I hit the beach I like to bring a tote for all the swimming/sunbathing essentials and then slip in a flat pouch inside to store my phone and money, ’cause you never know when you might want to head out for an ice cream or a drink, and you’ll want to have all your valuables with you while keeping your hands free. On top of practical reasons, it is, of course, also effortlessly chic to casually slip that pouch underneath your arms as you take a stroll in your beach attire.
Louis Vuitton has just introduced a LV Escale collection dedicated for your next seaside holiday, and the Pochette Double Zip (HK$11,900) and Poche Toilette 26 (HK$5,000) are just the perfect choices for the above purpose. Both beauties feature the Monogram Giant canvas in shades of blue in a tie-dye design inspired by the traditional Japanese Shibori technique that is just dreamy to look at.
The Pochette Double Zip is very versatile and has several pockets and a removable, silver-tone chain for maximum versatility, while the Poche Toilette 26 has a wide zippered opening and plenty of room to fit even your shades or bucket hat. Do check out the rest of the collection too, which arrives in stores on 27 March, including the Neverfull tote (HK$17,300) in a vibrant tie-dye palette of pink and red, which reminds me of summer waves and strawberry milkshakes — two of my beachside favourites. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Common Projects Original Achilles sneakers
Throughout a typical work week, I’m schlepping my laptop/work bag around the city in flats, and I’ve always thought that a pair of crisp all-white sneakers are a staple in any wardrobe — so finally, I’ve brought myself to replace my tattered old Nike blazers with a fresh pair of Common Projects. (You might want to support Kapok’s K11 Art Mall farewell sale this month — with select brands up to 80 percent off, I took the liberty to stock up on some amazing candles while I was at it.)
Oozing with a Scandi-cool minimalist style, the mostly monochrome American-Italian leather kicks literally match with everything, from tailored pants to summer dresses, and it’s like I’ve unlocked a gateway drug to wanting a pair in every colour conceivable. Aside from adding variations in slate grey, blush pink and in suede to my wishlist, I also have my eye on Spring 2020’s latest update with a transparent rubber sole (HK$4,000), which intrigues me with its pseudo post-grunge vibe yet still retaining the brand’s signature clean aesthetic. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Montblanc Heritage Automatic
Around the globe, the seemingly indefatigable threat of Coronavirus has everybody reshuffling their calendars — watch brands are, of course, no exception. By now, most of you clever clogs are aware that the ongoing public health crisis has resulted in a moratorium on tradeshows from Basel to Geneva, so brands are taking all of their would-be launches online in order to keep things ticking over.
First out of the gate is Montblanc: this year, the Villeret-based watchmaker is expanding on its popular, relatively new Heritage collection. At a top-line level, Heritage models are all about the classic mid-century watchmaking of Montblanc’s Minerva facility: an aesthetic that comes across prominently in this green and gold three-hander (HK$69,100). In spite of a 40mm case, this here’s a watch that exudes throwback charm. The ‘racing green’ dial recalls old Brut cologne bottles, and makes use of a stepped design whereby the minute track is recessed below applied, gold indexes and numerals.
As far as design goes, Montblanc have once again delivered a solid contender in the dress watch segment. Now, if only consumers could get past that pesky issue of so-called ‘branding’. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor