Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 September, 2010, 12:00am

I recently moved here from the United States and I miss the Abercrombie/Hollister style of clothing I could get there. Do you know of any place that sells the same style? Not necessarily the same brand, just the same general look.

Mr Dapper: What am I missing here? You like Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, so just shop online at www. abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com. Yes, they both ship to Hong Kong. They charge based on your purchase total, starting from US$40 for orders of up to US$50. After all, it's not every day you find a brand that always has something you want.

Mr Dandy: Hold on. The inside scoop is you can find a limited range of Hollister and A&F for men and women at A.Gotay (22 Electric Road, North Point, tel: 3151 7161). Mr Dapper clearly underestimates the draw and excitement of a shopping expedition. If you're like me, you enjoy the act of looking, touching and trying on clothes in person. So, other stores selling student styles include: Replay, Tommy Hilfiger, Henry Cotton's, Club Monaco, French Connection, Polo Jeans and our local hero, Giordano. A few hours at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui should have you covered.

I'd like to get one of those old-school flying jackets with the sheep fur collar. Which brands do them?

Mr Dandy: Shearling in this weather? Are you crazy? Since aviator jackets have been flying off the racks since mid-summer, we'll assume you're prudently planning ahead. This season, there's only one for us: Balmain (HK$39,900; Joyce, 16 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2810 1120). That's not true. We'd love to get our hands on the simple one by Undercover (HK$18,300) and the minimalist flight jacket by Neil Barrett (HK$29,500). Of course, there are others by 3.1 Phillip Lim, A.P.C and we could go on, but that's enough for now.

Mr Dapper: Flying, flight or aviation jacket can mean several things. We'll assume you mean the shearling-lined ones that became popular during the second world war and have recently made a comeback. Annoyingly, since it's a designer trend, it's hard to find reasonably priced ones in Hong Kong. The incredibly attractive and frontrunner for 'most photographed' this season is by Burberry Prorsum. It comes in brown leather with off-white coloured shearling and you're looking at spending HK$20,000 to HK$34,000. You could find cheaper, non-branded flight jackets online, or you could look at it as an investment in a pretty timeless style.