01: Johnnie Walker
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Johnnie Walker has released a new limited edition of its Blue Label bottle. Designed by Taiwanese artist Page Tsou, whose past works include collaborations with luxury brands such as Gucci and Montblanc, the Blue Label Year of the Dog bottle features the brand’s Striding Man logo with a dog as they travel the world. Three breeds originating from different regions of Asia, such as the Formosan Mountain Dog from Taiwan, Chinese Shar Pei from China and Akita from Japan, have been featured in the illustrations. They represent the various cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year.
The Blue Label is crafted by a team of 12 whiskey makers, led by two-time Master of the Year blender Jim Beveridge and only one in 10,000 casks are used to craft the Blue Label.
Risis has picked out five dogs for this year’s Zodiac 2018 collection of decorative ornaments, featuring breeds such as Afghan hound, poodle, Tibetan terrier, schanuzer and golden retriever. Usher in the new year with these loyal companions made from precious metals, such as ‘Lucky’, the poodle that comes in rose gold, heralds the promise of prosperity and symbolises successful achievement of one’s goal. Alternatively, pick the golden retriever ‘Champ’ crafted from 24k gold, standing on top of a Yuan Bao adorned with laurel berries made from Liu Li to grant wealth and honor to those who receive it.
03: Bottega Veneta
Adding on to the canine theme is Bottega Veneta’s new capsule collection of accessories. It features wallets and pouches with dachshund shapes handwoven in nappa, embroidered with dog breeds such as poodles, German shepards and chihuahuas or an all-over pattern of man’s best friend printed in white or gold. Key holders featuring intrecciato, the company’s leather weaving techniques, and phone cases of a puppy chasing a butterfly are also available for grab.
Godiva has released a Chinese New Year exclusive with dog shaped pralines. Packaged in festive red and gold orchid gift boxes, these cocoa delights are infused with varieties of chinese tea. Choose from pu-erh ganache with hazelnut pieces molded in GODIVA’s 50% dark chocolate, smoky black tea with cocoa nibs encased in milky chocolate and creamy green tea ganache with pistachio and a white chocolate shell.
05: Louis Vuitton
For those with a particularly soft spot for Shiba Inu dogs, you can now get your own mini loyal companion to follow you everywhere with the help of Louis Vuitton’s hot stamping services for the Year of the Dog. Stamp them on your wallets, luggage tags or bags and carry them around when you step out of the house. Available in two sizes– small and large, it comes in a range of colours such as silver and gold.