Sandy Ip tells us the trending essentials for style with substance

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Photo courtesy of Sandy Ip

 It might not be snowing in Hong Kong, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming of an icy winter escape.

Formerly the brand manager for Christian Louboutin Asia,  Hong Kong-born and British-educated entrepreneur Sandy Ip is now the founder and managing director of The Ski Project launching winter 2017, a Japan-based ski wear retail concept that allows her to spend even more time on the slopes.

Currently making her way through at least one bucket-list ski-resort a year, Sandy reveals her snowsport essentials for this season.

 On the Slopes

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Moncler’s Grenoble jacket is a ski must-have: it combines fashion with functionality perfectly. For extra warmth, Fuslap Aspen’s quilted performance jacket is ideal for layering, while Fuslap Perrine’s high- rise ski trousers embrace retro-chic.

Impact shorts are one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment, and they’re essential for snowboarding – this pair from Burton will soften the effect of a hard landing on an icy slope.

Safety Essentials

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There are a few items you simply can’t go on the slopes without. Falke’s compression socks improve blood circulation and speed up muscle recovery, and North Face’s ski mask is a must-have to protect against windburn, sunburn and frostbite.

For some tech-savvy style, Lacroix E-mittens come with rechargeable batteries to keep your fingers toasty all day long. A good pair of goggles are necessary when you’re up against the elements – Smith’s ski goggles come with a changeable lens for different weather conditions and a specialised fit for extra comfort and security.

Last but not least, get yourself a good ski helmet. It is very unfashionable not to wear one on the slopes these days, and the motorcycle style of this bamboo detailed one from Bogner gives you no reason to not look sharp, too.

Apres Ski

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What you wear off the slopes is arguably as important as on. This is the perfect opportunity to embrace fur trim, like this coat from Moncler Gamme Rouge or this jacket from Mr and Mrs Italy

For your evening accessories, keep warm with a Yves Solomon fur-lined trapper hat, and Marni rabbit fur gloves – you’ll be thankful the moment you step into the cold. 

Trade in your usual eveningwear heels for Jimmy Choo moon boots and pair with dark trousers, like these flared ski trousers from Toni Sailer Sports Sestriere—fitted and warm, they’re perfect transition from slope to chalet.

See also: 5 Luxury Wilderness Resorts for a Snowy Winter Escape

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