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.
I haven’t been interested in buying accessories in black for awhile now, mainly because the hue, once thought to be utterly timeless, seems to me to be getting a little outdated. Then again, anything can be revived with a subtle design twist, which is exactly the case with this Louis Vuitton New Wave bag (HK$16,600 for small; HK$18,800 for medium), which comes in a funky wave-like construction and removable ‘Vuitton’ tag in a joyful mix of vibrant colours. The inspiration? The energising New Wave music from the ’80s and wave stripes found on a Louis Vuitton vintage trunk. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Born with stick-straight lashes, I’m always on the lookout for eyelash products that will give me volume and length, as well as help them stay curled for as long as possible. As I’m currently resting between eyelash extensions and with my recent keratin lash lift just about faded, I’ve found that the new Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (HK$280) seems to work wonders with my natural lashes. With sticky, quick-drying fibres and a double textured wand — one to pack on the formula, another to comb and refine — I’m definitely getting the lush, wide-eyed look I’ve been coveting. It’s also waterproof, allowing my mascara to stay looking pristine for hours even in this oppressive humidity and heat. Just be sure to comb through lightly and carefully to prevent clumpy application (I still use the business card trick). —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Australian designers really do have a talent for coming up with pieces that are stylish, contemporary (with a mix of casual elegance and avant-garde aesthetics), and at the same time, very wearable; the latter is, for the majority of us, the most important criteria. I’ve recently come across this pair of leather slingback pumps by Ellery (HK$4,340) that’s just so lust-worthy I have to share. All the details including the white leather, the slingback design, the sleek, elongated silhouette, slightly squared tip, and the tortoiseshell block heel work together to make up this beautiful design that can work with — and highlight — just about any outfit in your daily rota, which yes, includes your office wear too. —CC
Nomos’ extremely specific brand of watchmaking — focused on innovative, modernist, in-house manufacturing — has yielded consistent horological dividends; and the Autobahn (HK$34,759) is no exception. Clocking in at 41mm, the manufacturer’s newest creation capitalises on the potential implicit in its name with a dial in the style of a mid-century dashboard. Apropos of most Saxony based watchmakers, execution here is clean and user-centred: featuring finely proportioned indexes (in the seconds sub-dial and chapter ring); and an arresting superluminova ring between the 8 and 4 o’clock positions. The latter’s visual similarity to a speedometer under cover of night guarantees immediate visual impact but it’s the in-house calibre DUW 6101, complete with Nomos’ now-iconic Swing System escapement that will keep you doing double takes. Available in silver, midnight blue and sports grey. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
I’m about to jet off on vacation this week, and one of my major annoyances when travelling is relying on the dodgy shampoo and conditioner in hotels. Thankfully, I recently got my hands on a Travel Essential kit (HK$280) by New York apothecary Malin + Goetz, which just opened its first Hong Kong brick-and-mortar at IFC. It includes six carry-on-approved bottles (great for those who shower during layovers at the lounge) of everything you need, from the brand’s best-selling face cleanser and moisturiser to its peppermint shampoo, bergamot body wash and cilantro conditioner. Beautifully colour-coded, the pack oozes clean-cut minimalism reflecting the founders’ roots (the stylish couple Matthew Malin, wellness guru, and Andrew Goetz, designer). It’s also unisex, so you’ll kind of have to mentally prepare for your SO wanting to steal some… —EL