Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 August, 2011, 12:00am


My husband and I have been invited to an Indian wedding this autumn, for which one of the daytime parties has a 1920s/ 30s/40s theme. Do you know of anywhere that supplies those round, retro sunglasses one sees in old Shanghai gangster movies?

Mr Dapper: Did you just call China's last emperor, Puyi, a gangster? I take it you're referring to the oval, not round, spectacles worn by Li Baotian in Shanghai Triad, the 1995 Zhang Yimou film. I'm almost certain these were added to his wardrobe for dramatic effect rather than any historically accurate depiction of the era in which the film is set. Where would one find oval-shaped, metal frames, I wonder? I've got it. An optical shop such as Berlin Optical (HK$1,900 up; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2804 6318)! I'd recommend, though, that you save time by doing an internet search for a good picture, print it out and bring it with you to show the sales staff.

Mr Dandy: I'd like to point out that the round shape was popular in the decades the reader mentioned, and one of the characters from the film even wore glasses (not sunglasses) in a round shape. Call me crazy, but I think the Puyi look is kind of hot. There are some cool designer interpretations around. First, Puyi Optical celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with some awesome limited-edition Puyi-style designer collaborations with the likes of Lindberg and Mykita (about HK$4,900 to HK$12,400; Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2522 1288). I love the vintage glasses by Mido at Select 18, available in a variety of materials and sizes (HK$1,680 up; 18 Bridges Street, Central, tel: 2858 8803). Cutler and Gross has groovy round-shaped glasses, too (HK$2,600 to HK$3,730, plus HK$1,000 to convert to sunglasses; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2730 3300). You should be able to find something for about HK$60 at one of the costume shops on Pottinger Street.

I know it's not a very exciting question, but I wonder if other guys get those red bumps after shaving like me? Am I doomed to always have this, or is there some product that will help?

Mr Dandy: Sorry, dude, that's terrible. If it's a mild irritation, then I've got loads of soothing products for you. If it's serious, then you need a doctor, not a Dandy or Dapper. As with any hair removal, the process must begin way before you actually shave. You should exfoliate regularly for better results and also to avoid future problems with ingrowing hairs. Try Skeen's glycolic acid Exfoliating Dermopeel (HK$450; Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3668), or the scrub from L'Oreal's Men's Expert line (HK$94.90; Mannings, Watsons). Another great pre-treatment is the fragrance-free Pre-Shave Oil by Anthony (HK$140; Lane Crawford), which, moving onto the post-shave treatments, makes a good After Shave Balm (HK$165).

Mr Dapper: Here are my top three after-shave products. The Ultimate After-Shave Balm and Moisturiser by Kiehl's does the job well and lists ingredients such as vitamin E and cocoa butter that are meant to moisturise and soothe (HK$160; The Landmark, tel: 2869 1798). I like the high-quality and no-nonsense approach of Aesop, too, which makes a good, nice smelling Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion (HK$260; 52 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2544 4489). Apivita's Men's Care After Shave Balm is made with antiseptic propolis and a balsam (HK$290; Faces, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 0070). When it comes to shaving, gentlemen, never underestimate the value of a good, sharp razor. If you're cheap or lazy, or both, then you've scraped your face raw because the razor was too dull to get the job done on more than one occasion.