On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 August, 2003, 12:00am

Keep your hat on

The only time most people think I'm good-looking is when I'm wearing a Kangol cap. I lost my last one and I have no idea where to buy another. Any suggestions?

Cap In Hand, Zhuhai

The Dictator rules: 'Any suggestions?' That's too delicious to pass up. You know how some women think tying a cardigan around their extra-large hips will hide their size? You're worse. Here's a suggestion: get rid of the security blanket, Linus.

It's not easy finding Kangol hats in Hong Kong. There are no brand stores and the concessions are not huge, but they do exist at: Sincere Department Store (Central and Mongkok), Sogo (Causeway Bay), Hatcorner (Causeway Bay), Citistore (Tsuen Wan, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Ma On Shan), Seiyu Department Store (Shatin), Wing On Plus (Yau Ma Tei). At Sincere (173 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2544 2688) we found a range of styles for $189 to $289. A fisherman's hat in yummy beige suede cost considerably more at $559. Although www.kangol.com doesn't tell you where to buy the products, it does tell you why and how the brand became cool. It won't, however, tell you how to like yourself.

What a heel

I'd like to buy some of those elevated espadrilles (the ones with the ties across the ankle) that I used to wear in the late 70s and early 80s. Where can I buy some?

High Minded, Repulse Bay

The Dictator: Wedge-heeled espadrilles are cute, more comfortable than stilettos, and sneak in that little bit of height so many of us crave. We like the wedged espadrilles at Anya Hindmarch (The Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, tel: 2808 0128), where the summery shade shoes come with open or closed toes for $1,450 to $1,950. Burberry has them in signature checks ($1,195; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2868 3511), or go for a pattern and a bargain at Lancel (Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9768). It has covered-toe platform espadrilles in a Paris map-inspired Amelie print for only $500.