On style, she rules
Can you recommend some second-hand-clothing stores that stock leather jackets, T-shirts, military trousers, jeans and accessories? I only know Midwest - the one near Tin Hau - but it doesn't always have the stuff I'm looking for.
Matter of Seconds, Tsuen Wan.
The Dictator rules: How am I supposed to know what 'stuff' you're looking for? Whatever. Hong Kong has several good second-hand-clothes shops, so take your pick. Select 18 (18 Bridges Street, Central, tel: 9127 3657) carries second-hand and consignment pieces, some by famous designers. If you like that, you'll love Nadia Ying's like-minded Vintage HK (57 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2545 9932; e-mail: email@example.com), where you'll find not only clothing and accessories but also lighting, furniture and more. Retrostone has several locations (2/F, 1 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3107 9131; 1/F, 504 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2838 6419; basement, Trendy Zone, 580A Nathan Road, Mong Kok, tel: 2152 9697) and a large stock of retro jeans, printed tees and accessories, including pieces from the 1970s.
One of Hong Kong's oldest second-hand shops is Beatniks (32 Graham Street, Central, tel: 2881 7153), which has been supplying retro T-shirts and jeans to understated fashionistas for years. Yes, yes, In the Rye (28 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 3580 0309) takes its name from the J.D. Salinger novel but the comparisons end there. This store's wares are more funky than preppy, especially the fantastically low-priced accessories. Lastly, you can wear second-hand but you shouldn't smell like it. Be sure to give your as-new purchases a good wash before wearing, please.
I'm a guy and I'm looking for some Ugg boots for myself. Do you know where I can get some in Hong Kong?
The 'Ugh' in Ugg Search, Aberdeen
The Dictator: No. That is, you can't. Lane Crawford (tel: 2118 7777; www.lanecrawford.com) carries the classic Ugg Australia sheepskin boots but when we asked about them in the men's department, the staff looked positively bewildered. Unless you find a parallel import deep inside a basement mall, we are pretty sure you won't be able to buy them in Hong Kong. Your only recourse is to go online but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The official Ugg website, www.uggaustralia.com, delivers to Hong Kong via UPS International. Moreover, you'll be able to select from the entire range, including the latest styles (about HK$1,100 and up, not including shipping). You can also take advantage of Web-based sales and discounts on sites such as www.uggstopsale.com.au; and browse for similar brands such as Whooga (www.whooga.com). Or, if you have small feet, you could embrace your feminine side and slip on a pair made for the ladies.
My husband recently coloured his hair for the first time but he's had a bad reaction and now suffers from severe dandruff and hair loss. Can you recommend a reputable salon for hair colouring or a brand of dye that's very gentle?
Hair Today ... Bowen Road
The Dictator: Ew. Older men with dyed hair are about as appealing (and convincing) as cosmetic surgery enthusiast Jocelyn Wildenstein, aka Catwoman. Is there any way you can convince him to go grey gracefully? It's also one area where you cannot take the cheap route. Go to a reputable salon and have it done properly.
Our go-to hair guy, Paul Gerrard (1/F, Wah Hing House, 35 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2869 4408; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) was the first in Hong Kong to use the Organic Colour System (HK$700 and up). It's free from ammonia, resorcinol and parabens, and has been developed using natural products wherever possible. Gerrard says these can be used for permanent, semi-permanent or temporary colour and an expert colourist can apply them in endless possibilities from highlighting to lowlighting. This system is also gentle on the hair, conditioning it to reduce frizz - which is good in Hong Kong's humid climate - and the colour stays fresh for longer than with chemical dyes.