Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 April, 2011, 12:00am
 

Hi, here's a picture of the washed denim jacket I'm looking for (above). I really like Cody's jacket - the colour, style and everything - but I can't figure out which brand it is. Would you know where I can find something similar, or exactly the same? I've looked at quite a few shops but still no luck.

Mr Dapper: Um, who is Cody? Can't you just go to a brand such as Levi's (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3505) or Diesel (6 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2895 1592) and be done with it? Or how about a fantastic bargain price of HK$199 for Uniqlo's wash cotton short jacket in two shades of blue, black or white (2/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 5811)?

Mr Dandy: Did you ask, 'Who is Cody Simpson'? Only Australia's answer to Justin Bieber! (And don't you dare ask who that is.) The 14-year-old singing sensation, who was also discovered on YouTube, seems to have stepped out in various denim jackets ever since he had his first hit last year. He's not flogging a specific label - yet - and tends to keep his style simple and logo-free. The only big variation is in his choice of denim washes, which veers from very light to dark indigo. Replay (Times Square, tel: 2808 2423) could be your one-stop shop, it stocks all extremes of the denim colour spectrum (HK$2,230). Looking at photographs of Cody's past appearances, we wouldn't be surprised if quite a few pieces come from cool brand G-Star Raw, where jean jackets start at HK$1,995; Times Square, tel: 3101 0520). If anything, his clothes seem to have a 1980s vibe, so it would make sense to go with Chevignon's faded, almost acid washed denim jacket (HK$1,380; Times Square, tel: 2506 2155).

The whole idea of a 'man bag' fills me with revulsion but I need something to tote around my gym gear and other stuff. There appear to be a few cloth and leather ones a bit like the old LL Beans. Where can I get one in Hong Kong?

Mr Dandy: Ooh, you've hit on a big trend without even realising it. Canvas bags are hot for spring-summer. The ever-so-cool Monocle Shop had some fab ones last time we were there, including collaborations with designer Bill Amberg, and Japanese brand Bag 'n' Noun (about HK$2,390 and up; 1 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, tel: 2804 2323). At the Onitsuka Tiger store, I saw the classic canvas tote glammed up by patent leather straps (HK$550; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8086), but I know that might be too flashy for the conservative guys out there. Tough Jeans Inc has also played with the traditional by adding a cool white paint finish to the canvas on its various bags and carryalls (HK$1,025 and up; Bauhaus, 51 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2722 0038). If you're like me, you dump your bag on the floor in restaurants or while waiting for a taxi, so metal studs to protect the bottom are advised, as on the canvas and leather bags by Tod's (HK$8,000; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2199 7752). Other brands to keep in mind include Burberry, Bally and Louis Vuitton.

Mr Dapper: I prefer the understated look of the canvas bags by Evisu (HK$2,390; Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, tel: 2376 1955). If I buy anything in white, I inevitably scuff it up immediately and it ends up looking grubby, so I like the label's darker colours, too. If you're into obscure fashion brands, then take a look at Want Les Essentiels, which makes awesome organic khaki canvas bags with brown leather straps (HK$3,290 and up; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388). I don't want to sound like a broken record but if you like the traditional version, then stick with it. LLbean.com has been shipping internationally for quite some time now, after all.

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