To each his own

It's time to venture outside the city's big department stores and renew your faith in diversity. Whether you're a classic gent or a hipster, there is a boutique to suit every man, writes Kawai Wong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 10:20pm


This Ascot Chang diffusion label caters for semi-heathens in the corporate world. Individualistic young executives can personalise TCNY's two suit cuts - the officious Madison or the slim Soho - with more than 1,000 cloth, 30 button and 30 lining options. TCNY's made-to-measure suits feature fully canvassed, hand-sewn chest pieces that show off Ascot Chang's craftsmanship. 43-49 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 22595000


Hongkongers love checking out each others' footwear. Whether for vanity or comfort's sake, Tassels will have something for you if you spare no expense on your kicks. Tassels' plush carpeted showroom stocks artisan shoes from renowned cobblers including Prince Charles' favourite, Crockett & Jones of England. Every pair from this Northampton shoemaker is handmade and takes eight weeks to ship. Basement, Landmark, Central, tel: 27899911


Il Sarto
With an art deco interior, a saloon atmosphere and a nostalgic tenement facade, a visit to Il Sarto is an experience in itself. "The process of creating a suit should be as enjoyable as getting the end product," says owner Danny Choi. You can browse the samples in ornate glass cabinets and customise every detail from collar to cuff. 172 Queen's Road Central, tel: 28153336


The Armoury
If unchanging Oxbridge elegance is your style, then drop by this Pedder Building outfitter. They're selective about their stock list and employ only passionate craftsmen. Examples include hand-welted shoes from Viennese company Saint Crispin's, the soft-shouldered Neapolitan tailoring of Orazio Luciano, ties from Drake's of London and leather goods from Scottish bridle maker Glenroyal. 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 28046991




Inside Luddite, soft gramophone music provides a contrast to the shop's hard appearance of old leather and rough antique furniture. The shelves are full of artefacts to complete the Gold Rush worker look: think denim overalls and henley shirts. Half of Luddite's retro goodies are sourced from vintage markets in Europe and Japan, with the rest designed in house by owner Rex Ko, whose alma mater, Keio University, is the same as Rei Kawakubo's. "Luddite is about retro dressing, such as army uniforms, labourers' outfits and hunting clothes," says Ko. 15A Haven Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2870 0422


Exposed brick walls are the background to owner Keith Tse's Japan-sourced goodies. Most of what you'll find here is from demised American brands revived as hipster labels by Japanese enthusiasts. Look for men's T-shirts, hip hop backpacks and two-toed ninja shoes. Incredibles also stocks boys' toys, such as cool light bulbs and silicon coffee cups. Austin Plaza, 83 Austin Road, tel: 28340833; 4 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, tel: 25298638


If you enjoy scavenging in thrift stores, then this is for you. One corner is choc-a-bloc with tie-dyed or band T-shirts, another is filled with denim jackets, Pendleton shirts and European army bags. It's not all vintage; funky new designs fill the rails, too, such as a pair of fisherman's pants with an angelic Renaissance print. 1/F, 504 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 28386419; Basement, Trendy Zone, Mong Kok, tel: 21529697



The Men's Shop by Club Monaco
The Men's Shop started out as a pop-up, but it became so well-loved by the progressive dapper gents that it lives on in this leafy Wan Chai neighbourhood. Look for polka-dot silk scarves, Happy Socks, smoking jackets, and Keds sneakers. Bo Fung Mansion, 1-4 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, tel: 25277030


Owners Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger stock their travel finds, such as scent bottles and map handkerchiefs, alongside their prêt-à-porter selections. Moustache's funky spin on colonial uniforms, cute dolphin-print bathing shorts, Paisley-lined country blazers and denim Bermuda shorts, are also available bespoke. 31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 25411955


Initial's whimsical menswear nods to Victorian fashion, but with a welcome addition of new details, such as asymmetric cuts and skewered proportions. This Hong Kong label's basic blazers and trousers are made in zestful colours, but it's their unisex silk skirts and men's blouses that capture the hearts of the liberal dressers. Tak Woo House, 17-19 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, tel: 25370663


Iter Hominis
"Our wares are for modish travellers who look for comfort and elegance combined," says designer Marco Vedovato. He sources fabrics from Italy and Japan for his denim shirts, parkas and waistcoats, which are mostly produced in Italy and hand-finished in Italy and Shanghai. Iter Hominis' pared-back shop offers clothes that combine intellectual elegance and workman's cool. 242 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 28582003



15 Square Street
Swedes Alexis Holm and David Ericsson have transformed this gloomy Sheung Wan backstreet into a creative epicentre for hipsters to sip Tsingtaos while testing out Holm's new Gram canvas loafers. Handmade leather accessories share space with Ericsson's VOID watches. 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 23621086


Collection of Style is under the H&M umbrella, but its bold basics are the antithesis of fast fashion. Its menswear is sewn delicately with serious fabrics such as wool, linen, and cashmere. Its affordable cardigans, shirts and trousers feature sharp silhouettes, perfect for fans of Jil Sander or APC's sober designs. Queen's Place, 74 Queen's Road Central


With a monochrome decor and a fresh timber fragrance in the air, Vie's Nordic slant is unmistakable. Displayed on Danish Muuto furniture are Swedish Hasbeens' reinterpretations of clogs, and other accessories. The rails offer a full spectrum of male aesthetics to suit every man whose style aspiration varies from French philosopher to LA skateboarder. Look for T-shirts from Denmark's Won Hundred, turtlenecks from Sweden's Filippa K as well as experimental designs from Sweden's Odeur . 2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, 28041038