Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 April, 2010, 12:00am

Some mornings I feel the urge to find a stylish and unique printed T-shirt. Are there any places where I can find such a thing? I know it's going to be intolerably hot in the coming weeks but I was wondering, is there a place that sells similarly printed hoodies?

Mr Dandy: Whether you've been here for 20 seconds or 20 years, we suspect it's time to expand your world. A trip to Causeway Bay would suffice but we're going to fling you into Mong Kok. Stop moaning. It's about 10 minutes and HK$10.50 away from Central by MTR. Go directly through Exit C3 into Langham Place for everything you could possibly need.

Mr Dandy: If it's hip gear you're after, head to Double-Park, which stocks cool T-shirts by Upper Playground, Addict Co, The Hundreds and the official Major League Baseball brand (about HK$259 to HK$329; tel: 3514 9057). Hooded sweatshirts are more scarce but stores such as D-mop still have a few in gun print by Blues Heroes (HK$750; tel: 3514 4308) alongside their cool photo- and retro-print tees by Ground Zero, Transit, Sensation and Red Dot (HK$320 to HK$820). Check out 55DSL by Diesel for graphic-print shirts (HK$300 and up; tel: 2915 7741) and hoodies (HK$1,100 and up). While there, visit: Area0264, Bauhaus and Another. Dare to hit the streets? Dusty sells cartoon-print hoodies (HK$480; 215 Portland Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2838 2841) while BSX is filled with quirky Che Guevara- (or perhaps Long Hair-) inspired tees and sweatshirts (HK$80 to HK$330; 20A Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2928 6438).

Where can I get a nice cravat in Hong Kong?

Mr Dapper: Please tell us you're French and are really looking for cravates (meaning ties). Actually, that would be absurd for other reasons. How about this: you're assembling a Hugh Hefner costume, right? No, we've got it: you're getting married in the daytime and need to wear an Ascot with your morning coat? Well then, look no further than Ascot Chang (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2295 3833). It stocks this type of cravat - a neckband, pleated at each side and looped under the chin to lie flat - in abundance. Choose from the range of solid colours (HK$425) to patterns (HK$845).

Mr Dandy: Do not even think about a clip-on version. A few minutes on YouTube will show you how to tie a cravat. There are, however, pre-tied silk ones by Tino Cosma at Swank (HK$1,195; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2810 0769). You should be more than capable of finding online stores but we'll get you started with TheCravatCompany.co.uk (HK$298 each, excluding shipping). For a more contemporary twist, see Initial's shortened unisex cravat in dark blue (HK$290; 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2442 1433).

After years of indifference, I've decided I need a pair of Vans. I've checked out the department stores but with no success. Where are all the trendy surf/skateboard shops in Hong Kong?

Mr Dandy: Uh oh. This could go badly. We'd prefer to know more before handing out this potentially dangerous intel, i.e your age, style and intended usage of said footwear. Younger men can carry this off; newly divorced, middle-aged men in the throws of rejuvenating their lives and wardrobes had better steer clear. Put away that muscle tee, too, while you're at it. We know most of the world has lost track of what's appropriate but we have not.

Mr Dapper: Unless you have a highly refined sense of style, casual shoes should only be worn with casual clothes. If you understand that simple rule, proceed to the Vans store at Langham Place (tel: 2117 9667). Prices range from HK$350, for classic slip-ons, to HK$990, for the suede Chukka boots. We're not sure where you looked for them, because we've seen the brand in many stores, especially along 'Sneaker Street', aka Sai Yeung Choi Street.