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 shoe of the moment to age-defying beauty products, scroll down to see what our editors are obsessing over this week.
Given the at-best erratic skin quality that comes with holiday season revelling, I felt I needed a full-blown reset. Consequently, I’ve recently cracked open my first bottle of T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (approx HK$219) by cult American skincare brand Drunk Elephant. This weekly mask is packed with a cocktail of strong AHA & BHA acids that, although astringent at first, help to swiftly slough away all the bumps and clogged pores left over from 2018. Combined with the brand’s signature Virgin Marula luxury facial oil (which soothes the skin overnight), the Babyfacial is proving to be a crucial part of my early 2019 glow-up. Most of the T.L.C. range is now available through Sephora, except for the full range of Babyfacial sizes — so get your friends to bring a few home the next time they’re stateside! —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
These days, there’s a seemingly infinite supply of faux Scandi brands channeling the region’s notoriety for “minimalist” fashion (read rote, heavily marked-up replications). However, very occasionally, when confronted by the genuine article, I’m reminded of why we all jumped on that bandwagon in the first place. Stockholm based jewellery brand All Blues are the real deal: their “Hungry Snake” bracelet (approx HK$2,510) is fashioned from carved 18K gold vermeil — a material that combines tensile sterling silver with the sensuality of yellow gold. Like all All Blues pieces, this bracelet is certified with the Stockholm “standard of fineness”, a domestic industrial standard indicating the presence of certain minimum quantities of handiwork and high quality raw materials. Although available in sizes ranging between 14.5-17.5 cm, each “Hungry Snake” is capable of a limited range of adjustment. So even if your wrists are looking a little corpulent — perhaps after one too many Christmas aperitifs — you’re bound to achieve a comfortable fit. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
I recently was fortunate enough to sit down with the founder of Maison Francis Kurkdjian (Francis Kurkdjian himself) to chat about the maison’s latest paired release: Gentle Fluidity. A true innovative and technical marvel, the two new releases (gentle Fluidity in gold & Gentle fluidity in silver, both HK$1,550) are in fact an exercise in gender-fluid fragrances using the same core 6 notes in varying degrees. I personally adore the warm, sun-soaked aroma of gentle Fluidity, which spotlights coriander seed, musk and vanilla rounded off by the sensual, lingering essence of amber wood. The silver variety meanwhile combines nutmeg and amber-y woods in a more assertive, vibrant and fresh expression that is brightened by dry juniper berry. It’s like the sun and moon reimagined in two scents, and as such it can be a rather poignant gift to share with your significant other. After all, the two scents are separate entities, but beautifully and smartly joined by a shared heart accord. —EL
Elder Statesman designer Greg Chait has always been inspired by his native California. In the brand’s earliest days, Chait’s opulent (and extremely well-made) knits recalled the heyday of off-duty LA style. More recently however, his impulses have broadened to include references to California’s iconic natural vistas. Not that such motifs are in danger of dislodging his primary obsession — wearable clouds of cashmere. This particular cardigan (HK$16,825) is one of Chait’s best designs in a long while: combining inky black cashmere, a tricolour intarsia of the Sierra Nevada and dimensions analogous to your favourite dressing gown. Basically an unbeatable outer layer that’s bound to smarten up any weekend ensemble! —RL
Everybody probably owns (or at one time has owned) a leather jacket: it’s such a timeless, stylish and indispensable addition to your wardrobe that works with practically anything. But to mitigate the risk of blending in with everybody, I’m particularly fond of choosing leather jackets in alternative shades. Sure, pastels are a great choice for spring but for something with year-round appeal, burgundy is also an unusual alternative likely to incite double-takes. I’m liking Maje’s well-constructed take on the leather biker (HK$4,690), complete with a slim-fit silhouette and slanted zips that visually help to cinch the waist. —EL