HONG KONG — Chinese New Year, one of the biggest shopping periods of the year in Asia, begins this week, and it’s standard practice for brands and retailers to roll out special goods to commemorate the occasion.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep, goat or ram; it’s slightly open to interpretation. Here, a selection of some of the more interesting products, some animal-inspired:
• Chow Tai Fook has introduced a whole series of special gold pendants and decorative items for the New Year, including a Sheep of Glory pendant. Made of pure gold, the sheep’s body resembles “auspicious clouds” and includes pearls inside. The pendant starts at 3,800 Hong Kong dollars, or $490.
• Lane Crawford teamed with French luxury brand Élégame to present handcrafted jewelry. Customers bring a photo or take a photo on-site to create a personalized 3-D gold figurine or inscribed medal. Prices for the service range from 140,000 to 250,000 Hong Kong dollars, or $18,052 to $32,236.
• Davidoff created an oversize Limoge-porcelain ashtray to celebrate the new year. Decorated with 12 percent gold, the designs around the edge of the plate are meant to evoke sheep horns. It’s being sold in stores throughout Asia and retails at 4,780 Hong Kong dollars, or $616.
• J. Crew is giving out special ewe-themed ceramic trays to members of the J. Crew Loyalty program and select customers.
• Swarovski is playing up some of its red jewelry pieces for the holiday season. This Atelier Swarovski Viktor & Rolf rock chandelier choker, featuring flocking and highly polished crystals, is part of the brand’s spring 2015 collection. It sells for 15,200 Hong Kong dollars, or $1,960.
• Moynat’s mini vanity, here in a festive red, retails for 27,400 Hong Kong dollars, or $3,532.