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.
Shanghai Tang x Bing Xu limited-edition loafers
Before I became a fan of mules I was a big fan of loafers, so imagine how overjoyed I was for the invention of backless loafers (basically a cross-over between the two), which are relaxed, laid-back yet elegant. Celebrating heritage and disruptive creativity, two acclaimed Chinese labels, Shanghai Tang and Bing Xu have just joined hands to create two limited-edition backless loafers titled ‘In the Mood for Love’ (HK$2,480 each) and ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (HK$2,980 each).
I’m gravitating toward the latter ones that feature an adorable embroidery of a cat gambolling with a mouse. The playful design is created not only as a nod to the imminent year of the rat in 2020, but also a cheeky reminder to the story in Chinese folklore explaining why there’s no cat within the Chinese zodiac. The three colour choices and variations include black velvet, burgundy velvet and rustic linen, and they’re all currently available at all Shanghai Tang boutiques as well as online. —Cindie Chan, Style Editor
Abasi Rosborough ARC liner vest
Drawing inspiration from archival designs of the U.S. military, Abasi Rosborough’s ARC liner vest (approx HK$2,706) is worlds away from what you’ll find being sported as part of the ‘midtown uniform’. Messrs Abdul Abasi & Greg Rosborough deal in apparel that is easy wearing, functional and made using sustainable practices. This particular iteration of the ARC liner, available in two fabrics this fall, makes use of a deadstock cotton/nylon outer, reinforced throughout with the duo’s signature use of black seam piping. Subtle, anatomically exacting seamwork means that this can be worn fairly discreetly, combining effective insulation with a lightweight construction that doesn’t add much visual heft to your outfit. —Randy Lai, Watches Editor
La Mer Neck & Décolleté Concentrate
They say the lines on your neck betray your age, but I’ve had them since I was in primary school. Add to that the effects of 21st century ‘tech neck’, which exacerbates neck lines from all the looking down at our screens, and I’ve been in dire need of a miracle cure. La Mer’s new neck and décolleté concentrate (HK$2,500) is a firming and lifting elixir designed to transform these unsightly lines, featuring the one and only Miracle Broth — La Mer’s trademarked cocktail of fermented marine extracts — and a newly added antioxidant-packed lime tea concentrate. It’s chock-full of actives, hence its lofty price tag.
Sweeping on the cream with the provided brush, it has a thick, satiny texture which feels slightly cloying in humid weather, but absorbs surprisingly quickly and thoroughly. To my surprise, some of my most prominent neck lines indeed faded away in a matter of minutes! The effects diminished a few hours later, but if long-term use will eventually help me erase one of my major problem areas, this La Mer concentrate deserves a standing ovation. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
Junya Watanabe MAN x New Balance 574
Although the look and feel of bona fide ‘luxury sneaker’ brands (e.g. Hender Scheme) has always been very desirable, it seems incongruous to me to fork over $6,000 for what is, at its core, an athletic accessory. It doesn’t matter how fancy my sneakers are: in a pinch I expect them to stand up to a nominal amount of abuse in the gym and on the pitch. These New Balance 574s, made in collaboration with Junya Watanabe (HK$1,109), fit that bill nicely. The uppers are fashioned from hardy, multi-textured leather — decorated with Junya’s signature combination of double stitches, beige and eYe branding. I should mention that none of this comes at the expense of performance: despite their slightly dressier tact, these 574s still retain New Balance’s signature ENCAP technology, meaning that you’re getting a shoe that offers great stability, comfort, and now, a distinctive fashion killa sensibility. — RL