12 best Chinese New Year specials to celebrate the Year of the Dragon 2024

Still haven’t figured out what to wear to the family gatherings on Lunar New Year 2024? Or how you can pay homage to the year of the most auspicious zodiac animal, the Dragon? Here are the stunning Lunar New Year capsule collections and special editions to shop in 2024.
25 January 2024

Red is no longer the sole colour for Chinese New Year. This Year of the Dragon, designer brands present their elaborately crafted collections in a wide range of imaginative designs, whether with ancient Chinese jade or even Pokémon characters.

From limited edition Apple AirPod Pros to stylish bag charms and auspiciously red sneakers, here are the best Lunar New Year products to add to your collection.

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Best Lunar New Year capsule collections and special editions to honour the Year of the Dragon 2024

Apple Special Edition AirPods Pro

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If you’ve had your eye on Apple’s new AirPods Pro for a while, now’s the time to make that investment. To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, the tech giant has released a special edition of its wireless audio powerhouse. This version sees an adorable dragon engraving at the front of the case, making it the perfect gift for those who’re of the zodiac sign, or simply want to commemorate the year of this legendary creature.

As always, the new AirPods Pro promises remarkable sound quality, only now coupled with new features such as Adaptive Audio – which cleverly blends Transparency mode and Active Noise Cancellation based on the sound in a user’s environment – and Conversation Awareness, so you won’t have to remove your AirPods or lower the volume when speaking to someone. An extended battery life (up to 6 hours with Active Noise Cancellation!) means that you’ll never miss a beat this Year of the Dragon.

Fendi x FRGMT x Pokémon

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Fendi’s Artistic Directors Silvia Venturini Fendi and Kim Jones work with Fragment’s Hiroshi Fujiwara and the Pokémon Company to present this youthful collection featuring the dragon Pokémon. The collection features the characters in a range of products, from the Baguette and Peekaboo bags to T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Bottega Veneta

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Hong Kong-Taiwanese actress and Bottega Veneta brand ambassador Shu Qi stars in this Lunar New Year campaign. Apart from the piece she wears, a shoulder bag in calfskin leather, there are also the Orbit sneakers, the Sardine bag in red and white, the Andiano bag, high heels, and more.

Loewe

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The Jade collection pays homage to the ancient Chinese jade sculpture in a range of designs. In Loewe China, three jade carvers have come up with different forms of pendants to carry best of luck for all. Meanwhile in other countries, the new Flamenco Purse Mini bag in ancient jade-inspired colours was launched along with a ring of jade stone in matching colours. Our favourite is the tiny animal charm available in six colourways.

Burberry

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Burberry’s Lunar New Year capsule features the classic Chinese New Year red in a series of tweaked Burberry patterns, whether that be houndstooth, rose, Equestrian Knight Design, or the iconic check. The collection is available for both men, women, and kids.

Tory Burch

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The neutral-coloured Lunar New Year collection from Tory Burch stars Lina Zhang, a Chinese model, and her children Mubai and Anahi. Several items are embellished with an auspicious cloud charm which represents the realm of the dragon. The Dragon Mini Bag brings the mythical creature to the fashion world by putting a T monogram jacket on it.

Prada

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The wise and powerful dragon, a deep colour palette, and a festive sense of joy and optimism are channeled into Prada’s Lunar New Year collection. Women and men’s highlights include organza skirts, fine knitwear, jackets, vests, and shirts, to name a few. The Prada Buckle, Prada Arqué bag, satin sabots, leather loafers are part of the more noteworthy accessories.

Koio

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The Capri Lunar New Year from Koio is simple andyetadorable. Available for both men and women, the Lunar New Year sneakers sport a dragon illustrated by Dahan Chung and handcrafted from LWG Gold-certified leather.

Coach

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Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers launched a capsule collection with pale tan leather and ruby red accessories for Chinese New Year. The elegant dragon illustration is drawn by artist Lian Yang, appearing on the Boxed New Year Rogue 25, Idol Bag, Bandit Wallet, Bandit Crossbody, and Sammy Top Handle 21.

Dior

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Under the lead of Kim Jones, Dior Men joined hands with Otani Workshop, a Japanese artist, to create a joyful capsule punctuated by the green monster. The Year of the Dragon items span from B57 Mid-Top Sneakers to a varsity blouson to a scarf.

Moncler

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Moncler’s logo was specifically modified to fit with the occasion of the Lunar New Year. The quilted texture stands out through the collection to resemble the scales of the dragon. If you’re bored of the classic Chinese red, the collection also boasts pink, black, and off-white to wear to your Lunar New Year family gathering.

TUMI

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Designed in collaboration with Weber Zhang, a Shanghai-based, award-winning artist whose works have been featured in blockbuster movies and numerous international exhibitions, TUMI’s limited edition series promises to equip all travellers with good energy throughout your journeys. Here, you’ll find a dancing dragon across 11 products from the 19 Degree, Alpha Bravo, and Voyageur collections. Those who prefer subtlety will love the 19 Degree International Expandable 4 Wheeled Carry-On in black, which sees the majestic creature lying in wait within the svelte sleek cabin essential.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia

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