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Weekly Obsessions: Moncler dog couture, Brioni’s velvet tuxedo and more pre-holiday festive flair

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.

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Moncler Poldo Dog Couture

Last weekend’s torrential downpour and gusty weather had me hurriedly clicking about online for new winter coats, and then I thought — what about our four-legged pals who have to be outside too? Moncler answers the question with their brand new Poldo Dog Couture line, which is absolutely adorable as it is actually quite practical. The brand’s signature down jackets might be particularly useful for shorter-haired animals, and now come in a fun array of colours from light blue to baby pink. However, most dogs will be able to benefit from the hoodie, available in a festive red or bright blue, featuring pops of contrast trimmings. If only I could convince my cat to wear one, but I’m quite sure she would scratch my eyes out the moment I tried. — Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor

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Fujito burgundy long sleeved knit polo

In spite of this little cold snap we’re experiencing, daily life in Hong Kong seldom calls for knitwear that is of the enveloping bulky variety. For men, a more practical alternative is to augment your existing wardrobe with the staples you know and love albeit in seasonal materials. This wisdom is second nature when it comes to tailoring, but shirting is another area of your closet that can easily be upgraded in time for winter. Knit polos, such as this one from Japanese designer Go Fujito (approx HK$1,438) wear lightweight and don’t take up excess space; all while retaining most of the advantages associated with traditional outerwear. Connoisseurs of all things knit shall find much added value embedded in Fujito’s designs: with details like the ribbed shoulder seam illustrative of his commitment to making garments that enrich the everyday in small, enduring ways. — Randy Lai, Staff Writer

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Chanel 2018/19 Cruise Collection sneakers

I’m always on the search for the perfect pair of stylish sneakers that are versatile enough to take me from the office to press event to party, and I may just have found it in Chanel’s 2018/19 Cruise collection. There are white and cobalt/yellow colourways also available, but I’m particularly feeling this sunny, coral and seagreen iteration, sure to perk up the swathes of black and grey on my morning commute. With a flattering, dynamic silhouette, crisp craftsmanship and beautifully complemented pastels, I’m sure this will match any outfit, whether it’s a relaxed day dress or chunky knits or tailored pants. That slight curve in the arch especially will ensure all-day comfort, which is crucial when you’re dashing about town on particularly busy days. — EL

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Brioni dark green velvet tuxedo jacket

Should you find yourself in the increasingly rare position of having a workplace that throws a dressy holiday mixer, take full advantage by putting this dashing Brioni tuxedo jacket (HK$32,213) through its paces. Made in the house’s consummate Roman style — note the sculpted shoulders and built-up sleeveheads — it will simulate just the right kind of heft on one’s (steadily expanding) holiday frame. And fear not statement dressers: if all this talk of “traditional Italian tailoring” is boring you to tears; count on Brioni to spice things up with the use of moss green velvet. Made from a blend of silk and heavy duty cotton, it’s not the most practical of purchases, but then again, neither are the cookies — which we leave for a certain St. Nicholas — you put under the Christmas tree. — RL

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This Works black spice and cedar candle

As Christmas fever descends on us all, I’m looking incredibly forward to making my flat smell as festive as possible. For starters, I’d go with this comforting and delicious cedar and black spice candle from This Works (HK$280), which is also free from synthetic fragrances and parabens. The aroma itself is quite intense, best reserved for those who absolutely love the scent of cedar trees, which has been then nicely rounded out with de-stressing clove and orange for what smells like a glass of mulled wine in candle form. I’d love to unwind after a long day or on the weekend with an actual glass in hand, this candle gently lit in the background, and perhaps curled up with the latest season of Narcos: Mexico. — EL

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.