Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 March, 2011, 12:00am

I am looking for a short, slim-fit black leather jacket and have seen many but I'm yet to find something that isn't either prohibitively expensive (I know, this is Hong Kong ...) or fake leather. Any suggestions for a good-quality yet reasonably priced option? Many thanks. I am looking for a biker-jacket style.

Mr Dandy: Ah, so I guess you won't be sporting one of the awesome leather jackets from the 'heritage biker'-themed collection by Burberry this season (HK$26,000 to HK$50,000; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9802)? That's a shame, because designer Christopher Bailey has introduced some amazing biker jackets in nappa leather, lambskin patent leather, python skin and studs. If the hardware appeals but not the price, you might like to step out of the high-fashion world and into Armani Exchange, which has them in studded or plain leather at a fraction of the cost (HK$4,390 to HK$5,690; Pacific Place, tel: 2537 3118). Dolce & Gabbana's got the tough guy look going, too, with a selection of what you're looking for priced somewhere in-between (HK$17,900 and up; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2877 5558).

Mr Dapper: There's nothing more pitiful than an older man desperately holding onto his youth. Moral of the story: if you're 50 or older, you'll just look like a creep. That is, unless you consider leather jackets in different styles. The Shanghai Tang mandarin collar version in suede or leather looks, uh, dapper (HK$8,500; 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2525 7333). If you are, however, young enough to pull it off, then super cool French brand Zadig & Voltaire has a great selection (HK$7,900; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 9522). There's also Diesel's Daytona-emblazoned racing jacket in mixed materials (left; HK$2,900; 20 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2525 0540). It's pretty hard to beat the bargains at Zara, however, where leather jackets are going for as little as HK$1,499 to HK$1,899 (Pacific Place, tel: 2918 1099).

I'm dying for one of those all-in- one jumpsuits (long sleeves, not dungarees!). Which designers make them this season?

Mr Dapper: I love the clarification. No, no. Not dungarees. That would be just plain silly. Whereas a maintenance man's jumpsuit wouldn't look ridiculous? I refuse to participate in this one.

Mr Dandy: In the immortal words of Groove Armada, if everybody looked the same, we'd get tired of looking at each other. Good for you for expressing your own style. Let's ignore Mr Dapper (who's probably wondering what old boats have to do with jumpsuits) and get straight to the answer. Women have lucked out this season with loads of fantastic jumpsuits. For men, there's barely anything in Hong Kong at the moment. The only great one we saw was selling fast at Parisian chic shop A.P.C. It's called the Futurist Jumpsuit and comes in mid-blue denim with a band collar and button closures up the front (HK$2,999; 24 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2537 6993). I won't give you specific directions to uniform shops because fabric quality isn't up to scratch (or, more importantly, they are scratchy) and it could go very wrong, very quickly. Do go online, though, and check out the world of jumpsuits at www.myjumpsuit.com (HK$420 and up); as well as the great coveralls by Dickies (HK$273 and up; www.dickies.com).