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.
In case you didn’t already know, English label Grenson has been in the shoe making business for more than 150 years. It’s one of my go-to brands for footwear; after all, they make just about every style of shoe a guy (or girl) could want. From their latest crop of new offerings, I’ve got my eyes on the Bert (approx. HK$2,293), fashioned from hand-painted calf leather. It’s a simple, straightforward dress Oxford, but the richly toned tan leather gives the Bert the best kind of versatility — perfect for blue or khaki suits and dressed-down smart casual outfits. I try to stop by Grenson’s Bloomsbury shop whenever I’m in London, but in Hong Kong you can find their shoes at On Pedder, Harvey Nichols, and Vein. –Michael Alan Connelly, Editor in Chief
When it comes to stylish scents and candles, Byredo always lands at the top of our list, particularly when it comes to the cosy colder months. The changing weather of autumn is prone to proliferating germs and causes for illness; and while we all know one or two germophobes who always pocket a little bottle of Purell, it’s not exactly the best smelling or most chic accessory. The newest addition to Byredo’s handcare range is a new Rose Rinse-free hand wash (HK$265/30ml from Byredo) — an alcohol-based formula that gently cleans the hands when you’re on the go. It’s made in the universally appealing Rose scent, combining pink pepper, raspberry, a base of patchouli and white musk. Hygiene is of utmost important — and this will ensure you go about your day feeling clean, refreshed, and with a more sophisticated aura. —Evelyn Lok, Associate Editor
For many Hongkongers, Christmas is an occasion marked by frequent travel — for leisure, family or (occasionally) even the pursuit of new business. Thus, it’s essential to remain airport ready without ever losing your sartorial edge. I find the best solutions tend to be “sportorial”: the kind of clothes that channel the innate classicism of tailoring whilst embracing the comfort enhancing elements of sportswear. These pleated “jogging” pants (HK$2,300) — so-called for their elasticated waistband — by Japanese designer Yasuto Kamoshita are a best-in-class example. Made of a travel friendly wool/linen/nylon fabric, the midnight navy colourway makes pairing these a cinch. Whether worn with a soft blazer or graphic tee, these are the kind of go-anywhere-do-everything pants that are crucial when you’ve got a finite baggage allowance and limited time to clear immigration. —Randy Lai, Staff Writer
Last week, 60 Victoria’s Secret Angels put on their wings and strutted down the runway in New York donning the sultry, irresistible glow by official makeup partner Charlotte Tilbury. In typical Tilbury fashion, the makeup was all about creating an “angelic filter” with enhanced, goddess-like skin, but our eyes were particularly on the eyes — a soft, smokey, almost god-given bedroom eyes look. This was achieved with the Bigger Brighter Eyes eye palette in Exagger-Eyes, which was invented to create a doe-eyed IG filter effect, before subtly topped off with the Eyes to Mesmerise single shadow pot in Rose Gold — shading under the lower lash line to make the eyes pop. Both items sold out fast when they launched earlier in the year, and they’re now back for a limited run exclusively online here. —EL
Winter is coming, and I am very excited to get my boot game back into business. London-based designer Jane Frances’ shoe brand has been enjoying its cult status since 2016 when celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez alike obsessed over their Spirit Boots. So has the rest of the world, notably adoring the elegant and slimming silhouette, and all-day wearability thanks to its modern block heel, supple leather and high craftsmanship (Dear Frances works with a generations-old Italian shoemaker and each pair of shoes is handmade). Beyond the standard black or brown leathers, I’ve fallen in love with this suede number (HK$4,848) with the gorgeous, almost Japanese lacquerbox detailing on the block heel. —EL