Dandy & Dapper
I rarely wear a tie and tend to dress casually, but I hate cheap quality. My favourite T-shirt brand, for example, is Sunspel, which I haven't encountered yet in Hong Kong. Any ideas?
Mr Dandy: Ooh, I love Egyptian cotton sheets, but I never thought of it in tees. Genius! I checked out the Sunspel website (www.sunspel. com) and e-mailed them. The good news is the company delivers to Hong Kong. The bad news is you can't go to any stores here to try before you buy. So what? I've already placed an order for some short-sleeve, crew-neck T-shirts (HK$450 to HK$550), which are sold in solid colours; with contrast binding around the collar; in marine stripes; with one pocket; and even in a three-button Henley style. I couldn't resist also clicking on the slick Riviera polo shirt (HK$795) which James Bond aka Daniel Craig apparently wore in Casino Royale. Who knew? Thanks for tipping me off to a new brand, dude.
Mr Dapper: Our reader has impeccable taste, but, Dandy, you're an embarrassment. Honestly. Sunspel is a respected heritage brand, founded in 1860 to supply high-quality undergarments to the British Empire. Being more than 150 years old, it's not exactly new. Well done, though, for delivering the relevant information. Well, most of it. Our readers might also like to know that delivery to Hong Kong by standard courier costs about HK$250 and takes up to 21 days. Further, the Sunspel offerings extend beyond short-sleeved T-shirts to the long-sleeve versions, sleepwear and, of course, underwear. As far as I know, there is no regulated definition of 'Egyptian cotton', which is generally associated with extra-long staple cotton or gossypium barbadense. When not dealing with a brand as time-honoured and trusted as Sunspel, I suggest you proceed with caution. Alternatively, wait until July, when Lane Crawford is forecast to begin carrying Sunspel.
Between work and travel, I'm wondering why I pay for a gym membership at all. So I want to get some of those ergonomic shoes. Do they make any that don't look like orthopaedic shoes or cheesy tourist sandals?
Mr Dandy: You need to get out more! Fitness shoes have come a long way. Check out the MBT brand, for example, which has tons of new styles (HK$1,980 and up; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2577 3337). Skechers has something similar called Shape-Ups in cool colours for guys (HK$1,200 and up; Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, 111 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2314 8468). Do you really hate sandals, or would you wear them if they looked good? FitFlop has come out with some modern styles in nubuck suede, such as the cross-strapped Sling sandal (HK$790; Mirabell, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2736 1011) and the Trakk flip-flop (HK$690).
Mr Dapper: He wasn't asking what you would wear, Dandy. The Masai Barefoot Technology we were first introduced to years ago works to pivot and roll the foot, thus encouraging better balance and posture while activating the muscles and reducing lower back pain. FitFlops activate certain leg muscles and absorb shock via what it calls Microwobbleboard Technology. For the understated gentleman, there's the FitFlop FF Supertone M. Its slim, 1970s silhouette is reminiscent of adidas Gazelles or Vans rather than the monstrosities they pass as foot-wear these days. It is available in boulder grey (my choice), lake blue or sunflower yellow nubuck (HK$1,390; Rush, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2526 0620).