Dandy & Dapper
Where can I get a few polo shirts made for my staff, with the company logo stitched on like Ralph Lauren ones, not printed?
Mr Dandy: A favourite for custom merchandise is BrandHK.com (tel: 2516 7944; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), which will whip up a minimum of 20 embroidered polo shirts in your colour choice of cotton in two weeks for HK$96 each plus a HK$250 set-up charge. Order 50 shirts and you get even more colour options and cheaper prices (HK$85 each). Get comparative quotes from others such as T-shirts.com.hk and Buddy-ch.com
Mr Dapper: In addition to Mr Dandy's suggestions, I've found Ida Cheung at iGift reassuringly and expediently responsive (11/F, Prosperity Commercial Building, 786 Nathan Road, Prince Edward, tel: 2360 1900). IGift has a minimum order of 20 pieces and charges HK$82 per shirt with one embroidered logo to be delivered within two to three weeks. If a tasteful lettering will do, then order directly from Ralphlauren.com's Create Your Own service (about HK$660 per polo shirt) and have it delivered via a forwarder such as MyUS.com
Call me cheap, but I thought a good way to update my shoes without forking out the big designer bucks would be to change the laces to a bright colour. The only problem is I don't know where you can buy any.
Mr Dandy: That's so 2011, but it's still a cool idea. Realistically, though, I don't know if I would be motivated enough to re-lace my shoes in the AM rush to get out of the house. Is your time really worth less than, say, a pair of Mark McNairy shoes (HK$3,000 and up)? Everybody seems to get their coloured laces from Hook + Albert (HK$250 for four pairs; www.hookandalbert.com) but it doesn't look like they ship here. Shoelacesexpress.com isn't as hip-looking, but has an amazing range of colours and delivers internationally (HK$43 for two pairs).
Mr Dapper: This question calls to mind the 17th-century dandyism of France's Louis XIV, who favoured luxurious footwear often laced with coloured ribbons. In this day and age, I firmly believe there is nothing wrong with spending wisely. I recommend the shoe-repair stalls in the lane next to Pedder Building in Central. Chan Foo Kee (tel: 9216 3870) and Shing Do Shoe Repair (tel: 9310 8558) sell classic round laces for men's dress shoes in a plethora of hues, including red, blue, yellow, green, lavender and purple, for a mere HK$10 a pair.
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