On style, she rules
I remember men used to wear seersucker suits in summer and I would like to buy one for myself. Do they make them for women? Where can I get one?
Earning Stripes, Repulse Bay
The Dictator rules: Put down the Official Preppy Handbook and get yourself a copy of Vogue magazine. Not only is summer over, there are other reasons why everyone has cut back on seersucker. And now that most stores have cleared their spring-summer merchandise, you're even less likely to find the stripy cotton your heart desires. If you rush, you might still find women's trouser suits in seersucker at Theory (shop 212, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 4438), where jackets cost about HK$3,400 to HK$3,700, and trousers go for HK$2,100 to HK$2,400. We saw them in classic blue and white or beige-and-white stripes. You could also try US brands such as Brooks Brothers (shop 2010, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2196 8090), where we found blue and white seersucker trousers for HK$1,300. The blazers were sold out. To avoid making a joke about the 'sucker' part of the word, here's a bit about its origin. Apparently, the fabric favoured by British colonials in India was named after 'milk and sugar' (shir o shakar in Persian) for its bumpy and smooth textures. Originally worn by the underprivileged in the US, seersucker only later entered the wardrobes of American prepsters as an act of anti-snobbery. Just one of the many sensational seersucker facts waiting for your discovery.
I have extremely sensitive skin and have heard that La Roche-Posay products are good. Where can I find the brand in Hong Kong?
Face Value, Kennedy Town
The Dictator: Until recently, fans of the French brand La Roche-Posay (www.laroche-posay.com) had to source from other places in Asia such as Bangkok and Singapore, but now Mannings carries a selection of the reputable cosmetics line. Long before many of the hip 'doctor' brands of skin care made it big, La Roche-Posay was making its name with no-fuss, reliable products for all skin types, although it is best known for products designed for those with sensitive skin. Available at Mannings (shop 1011, IFC Mall, Central, La Roche-Posay hotline: 3180 1555).
Where can I find a funky, unique designer travel wallet? I don't want one of those classic brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Hermes.
Gulliver, Shouson Hill
The Dictator: Who are you trying to impress? As if the airline staff is really going to think, 'Ooh, cool, unbranded leather travel wallet. I'd better upgrade that passenger.' Anyway, the discreet, sleek Italian brand, Valextra (shop G8, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2118 2013) crafts luxury leather travel wallets (HK$5,400 up) and smaller passport wallets (HK$2,200 up) in a variety of colours. Shanghai Tang's travel accessories include the 'Star' leather passport and travel wallets made with contrasting linings (below; about HK$520 to HK$880; Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2525 7333). Kate Spade makes a few travel wallets, including the Giza in leopard print and the Knightsbridge in embossed patent cowhide (HK$2,200 to HK$2,800; shop 2083, IFC Mall, tel: 3188 1928).