Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 June, 2012, 12:00am


Guys, why is it easier for my wife to find a non-marking B.O. basher than it is for me? Don't they think guys want to avoid those white marks, too? I thought Joyce Grooming in The Landmark would have a solution but it didn't even have any deodorants.

Mr Dapper: I would happily launch into an analysis of gender biases in the retail and cosmetics industries, but I suspect you are really asking where to find non-marking antiperspirant. The answer is simple. Most Mannings stores and the like carry one by Nivea for Men with a convoluted but self-explanatory name: Invisible for Black & White Power Spray (HK$39.90) or Roll-On (HK$35.50). What's not explained is that the formula has some sort of 'textile-protecting' component to reduce yellowing as well as transfer or white marks. At those prices, it's worth giving it a go. There is, of course, one limitation; it is only available in one generic, slightly cloying scent. On the subject of fragrance, are you absolutely certain that an antiperspirant is required? Body chemistry changes over time, and you might be surprised to learn all you need is a deodorant that won't mark your clothing. (Warning: test this theory away from other humans with a shower close at hand.)

Mr Dandy: The man mentions a luxury men's grooming source and you send him to a drugstore, Dapper? And if that is what he's interested in, then why didn't either of you just go to Drugstore.com for lots of brands that aren't sold in Hong Kong? Both you and the reader missed the answer that was right beneath your noses: Kiehl's, which is also in the basement of The Landmark, Central (tel: 2869 1798). It makes Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant (HK$120), a cream that gets absorbed into your skin instead of leaving a chalky residue on the surface. If you read the label, it talks about 'micro-sized drying molecules' and protection for as long as 24 hours. I prefer to read my black T-shirt, or not, because I can't see any traces of it.

I have a growing collection of what you might call impressive watches. They're big, which makes it difficult to wear one in a dress shirt and jacket, especially since I'm a French cuff advocate. Rather than having it get caught halfway along the cuff, I could try slightly longer sleeves but then I don't see the point in wearing a great timepiece, do you?

Mr Dandy: Go the way of the king of the style, the late Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, and just strap on that big watch over your cuff (although that works better on a plain cuff than your bulky double French kind). Have a look at the Watch Cuff at www.desantiscollection.com, where you'll find specially modified shirts that let you thread your watch through a hole so the face of the timepiece is visible through a cut-out on top of the cuff (HK$1,200 and up). Another brand that does them is Angelo Galasso (www.angelogalasso.com). If I were you, I'd have a Hong Kong tailor do it to my own watch size and specifications.

Mr Dapper: Has the world gone mad? Gentlemen (and I am using that term very loosely here), a shirt cuff should cover about half of one's watch. That is a sign that the shirt fits properly. Furthermore, let us please return to sanity with regards to watch sizes. A rule of thumb might be to avoid any wristwatches that resemble wall clocks. Style and restraint go hand in hand. Please keep that in mind.