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.
When we’re bogged down with endless day to day stresses, sometimes it’s incredibly hard to muster up the energy to complete your 10-step nighttime skincare routine (or however many steps it usually takes) in favour of just collapsing on your bed for a much-needed snooze. This baby from New York dermatologist brand Dr. Dennis Gross (HK$320) takes care of everything we need to look refreshed in one potent step: fast and effective cell turnover, intense hydration and strengthening of the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Lifting away dead and dull skin allows our cells to soak up moisture like a sponge, while ingredients such as squalane, ceramides and Chinese foxglove help seal off water loss — perfect for those who spend most of their time in dry, air-conditioned rooms. — Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Asian beauty aficionados are already very much in a love affair with Sulwhasoo, the queen of ginseng-infused skincare, but they’re now in for a hair treat with the Hong Kong launch (and international debut) of sister brand Ryo’s most exclusive line yet: the Beautiful Aging Care range. Using a bouquet of medicinal botanics and top of the line Korean ginseng, the shampoo, scalp-friendly conditioner as well as the scalp essence treatment work to nurture scalp health and restore natural hair colour, strength and shine. The Scalp Essence Treatment box set (HK$699) contains 8 ampoules, each lasting just over a week. Massage drops into your hair after washing and drying for a cooling, revitalising sensation — almost like a mini hair spa ritual every night. — EL
The digitisation of the apparel industry means that menswear is increasingly preoccupied with the future. A quick Google search will reveal literally thousands of designers purporting to be original on the basis of some futuristic nonsense. Goretex formalwear, anyone? There’s a dwindling number of menswear designers nowadays that not only comprehend, but moreover appreciate the historiographic aspect of menswear — designers like Frank Leder. Formally trained in London, Leder’s primary source of inspiration concerns historical narratives connected to regional Germanic culture. For F/W 2018, he travelled deep into the Bavarian Forest, drawing from that locale’s storied tradition of masculine outdoors-y archetypes. That heritage is the go-to reference for this tweed Greatcoat (approx HK$6,624), a monstrous piece of outerwear made start-to-finish in Germany. Perfect for anchoring an imposing military aesthetic, Leder even managed to source the tweed that goes into this coat from within Bavaria — rare when you consider that the market is dominated by Scottish tweeds. — Randy Lai, Staff Writer
The latest loungewear design by London retailer Anglo-Italian (approx HK$4,267) is made using a warm and hefty Fox Brothers flannel; perfect for those lazy Sundays spent sipping lapsang and reading periodicals. Apparently meant to be worn inside the confines of the home, this gown’s true versatility becomes apparent once you start treating it like statement outerwear — the kind of magic item that can be “thrown on” with chunky knits and loafers. A large scale windowpane pattern lends this otherwise laidback garment the requisite amount of sartorial firepower; making it an unconventional yet contemporary element to add to your off-duty ensemble. Other interesting design details include turn back cuffs, self-facing shawl lapels and a quarter lining, the latter being a dead giveaway that this was intended to be worn with tailored clothing. — RL
Specialist mags The Rake and Revolution are no strangers when it comes to high-profile collaborations. Yet even in a lineup that has previously featured names like Bell & Ross and Hublot, their work with Swiss jeweller-slash-watchmaker Chopard strikes me as especially impressive. For this iteration of the historic Chopard L.U.C. 1860 (HK$170,750) The Rake and Revolution have pooled their horological knowhow (with the eponymous watchmaker) to create a release that achieves all that is required of a truly great dress watch. The white gold case, harmonious salmon dial, beautiful finishing and approachable size (36.5mm) all contribute to this style’s widespread appeal. Restricted to just 10 units that are scheduled to go on sale in November, this is the kind of horological treasure — did we mention it’s powered by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s virtuosic calibre 1.96? — that’s bound to trigger mass hysteria at auction. — RL