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.
When we talk about leather trunks, many would immediately think of Louis Vuitton and Goyard, but it was Moynat that first created the travel essential back in 1849. Today, the brand is helmed by creative director Ramesh Nair, who has successfully resurrected the brand since 2011, gaining a cult following amongst fashion insiders and luxury lovers along the way with his innovative take on old-world craftsmanship. His latest creation? This new Mini Pyramid bag (HK$43,300*) from the Mini Vanity collection, which features an unusual geometric shape inspired by The Louvre and consists of a beautifully well-balanced combination of ancient structure, modern aesthetics, and outstanding craftsmanship. At a time when every bag design looks vaguely the same, this one will certainly be a representation of your exquisite taste wherever you go. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
*This bag is now exclusively available at the Moynat pop-up store at Pacific Place.
Hot on the heels of its collaboration with American streetwear brand Supreme, Rimowa has unveiled a new collab with Italian streetwear label Off-White, the brainchild of Virgil Abloh, who was recently named Louis Vuitton’s new menswear artistic director. The end result is a transparent polycarbonate carry-on case that’s taken the Internet by storm, and to be honest, I can’t stop thinking about how much I want one. The quality of the case build is totally Rimowa, while the transparent design is playful and ironic — Off-White at its best. The case will be shown on the runway at Off-White’s men’s fashion show in Paris on 20 June, and available from 25 June at select Rimowa stores (including the one in Causeway Bay) and a pop-up store on WeChat. Good luck to all of us who hope to get our hands on one. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor-in-chief
YSL’s famous little gold pen, the Touche Éclat, is a cult favourite for combatting under-eye circles and brightening contours alike. The range is now joined by a brand new ultra-moisturising, glowy foundation, so naturally I was ecstatic to try it out. The brand new formulation (HK$440) boasts YSL’s first ‘cream-to-water’ texture, with supposedly 50% more water and hydrating agents. It’s not lying: water droplets literally will form as you apply the cream. While the first spread with fingertips tends to get slightly separated (it is oil and water after all), it quickly blends uniformly into the skin for a wonderfully soothing finish, with light to medium (buildable) coverage that doesn’t crack or pill throughout the day. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Originally founded in 1919, Kirk Originals — a London based eyewear brand — has designed frames for everyone from Oasis to the inimitable Sir Anthony Hopkins. While they do utilise a mixture of both British and Italian manufacturing, what Kirk Originals really excel at is the design process. All of their eyeglasses incorporate an element of louche historical cool; with oversized lenses, matte acetate and geometric shapes recurring frequently and tying the various styles together.
My favourite design by the brand is in fact the result of a collaborative effort with English sportswear brand E Tautz. Dubbed the “Tenby”, these eyeglasses (Approx. HK$2,358) were first spotted at the 2017 edition of London Men’s Fashion Week. Opulent and oversized — in a way that would have resonated with Studio 54 types — they’re really at their best in the milky tortoiseshell colourway. For a subtler wearing experience, Kirk also stock this style in olive and mid-brown tortoiseshell. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
I am a recent happy convert of La Mer’s highly raved-about, deeply moisturising creams — especially after it’s been effectively fading out a stubborn freckle on my cheek — though I still have yet to get over the brand’s eye-watering price tags. If only those tears could trickle down and moisturise my skin as well for better bang for my buck. But all joking aside, it’s clear La Mer’s little porcelain tubs do their fair share of showing love for our skin, but also pouring love back into the environment, too. Perhaps unbeknownst to many, every year the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund supports myriad oceanic projects helping to maintain biodiversity, in areas from Grenada to the Azores seas, to the East China Sea. Launched in honour of World Ocean’s Day (8 June), the collector’s Blue Heart Limited Edition Crème de la Mer (HK$4,100) is a celebration of the fund’s admirable work, and is an elegant and powerful daily reminder that we need to help protect our oceans, too. —EL