Dandy & Dapper
I've just started dating a man who is really lovely. There's just one problem. A few, actually. He's got some stray nose hairs that stick out, and he'd be so much more attractive without them but I can't exactly say anything, can I? My girlfriends suggested I should leave a hint, like buy him a nose hair cutter and place it by the sink in his bathroom. Where are those sold?
Mr Dapper: My dear, that hint is about as subtle as a brick. You must realise that, despite all indications to the contrary, most men have fragile egos. Either accept him as he is, or wait for him to ask for style advice. Regardless, I refuse to participate.
Mr Dandy: Yeah, I have to agree. That's the kind of passive-aggressive stuff that makes most guys head for the hills. But if you're going to be that way, then be even sneakier. Buy him a great wet shave and facial somewhere (such as Gentlemen's Tonic, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 2455; www.gentlemenstonic.com). Then, have a quiet word with the therapist before your man arrives and ask them to suggest it. To answer your question, though, you can find nose hair trimmers in the white goods sections of most stores that sell electronics. Most of these things are made with a rotary blade system, such as the Panasonic Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer (HK$158) and the Braun Exact Series Ear & Nose Trimmer (HK$198; Fortress, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2121 1077; see www.fortress.com.hk for more locations). Or check out the Philips Nose, Ear & Eyebrow Trimmer made with a unique foil guard to avoid nicks or pulling (HK$168), and the nifty Philips Multigroom which comes with various attachments for clipping and trimming (HK$398). The green-minded out there might prefer something that doesn't work on batteries or electricity, such as Tweezerman's Nose Hair Trimmer, which you just squeeze together to get the blades rotating (HK$133.50; www.strawberrynet.com).
I think Steve McQueen always looked pretty cool, and I'm looking for some new sunglasses so I thought I'd give Persols a try. Can I go try some on in town so I can see if they fit my face?
Mr Dandy: Ooh, I like it! Yeah, actually, LensCrafters sells Persol eyewear, and its website, www.lenscrafters.com.hk lets you browse sunglasses by brand with links to locations that stock them. Now that's something old Steve wouldn't have enjoyed in his day. Go to the website, too, for locations, including: Prince's Building, Central (tel: 2523 8385), where Persol prices are about HK$1,800. That was easy.
Mr Dapper: The proximity to Steve McQueen you've achieved, Dandy, is his haste. The famous actor wore Persol's PO 714 model, which is now available in a commemorative 'special edition'. As stated on www.persol.com, the design features a folding system, blue lenses and metal arrow details on the frame. Crucially, however, and contrary to what the website states, the only style currently in stock at the store you mentioned is the metal-framed PO 2394. Based on my research, only Sunglass Hut has a supply - albeit limited - of the PO 714 but only with black frames (HK$1,590; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7717). Instead, I would consider other iconic Persol styles, such as the PO 649, made with a similar shape and retro style, and available at Sidewalk (HK$3,200; 4 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2850 7121; www.sidewalk.hk).