Dandy & Dapper
I'd love a crocodile carry-all. Could you give me an idea of prices and where to get one? I know it's not cheap, but I figure it will be worth it as I'll use it all the time, especially for the gym and for travel.
Mr Dandy: OMG, you lucky guy. I've been dreaming of the ultra-luxe Tom Ford alligator-skin duffle bag (HK$200,000; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7802) made with his signature big-zip closure, as well as tons of internal pockets for your laptop, phone, passport, and so on. Research online before handing over the credit card. Key words: Gucci, Burberry and Tod's. Fiona's Collection has crocodile, ostrich and python accessories, including great unisex travel bags from HK$4,030 up (Shop 6, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, tel: 2581 3968). And don't forget good ol' Kwanpen, which has men's carry-alls for around HK$76,700 (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 9618).
Mr Dapper: Sir, a beautiful, if slightly heavy, crocodile-skin bag is hardly the place for your sweat-soaked exercise gear. If I were to indulge in such an extravagance, I would have it custom-made by a responsible company. After all, the illegal and unethical trade in endangered species is still far too common. Rely on the reputation of a brand like Dunhill, where custom orders of a crocodile Holdall take around six months to make (about HK$150,000; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2537 1009). Or opt for the sporty faux crocodile and technical fabric bag at Zara Man (HK$899; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 1099), which is part of a matching luggage collection.
I'm looking for a new wool or tweed sports coat and I have a pattern in mind, but I don't know if it's herringbone or glen plaid. Help!
Mr Dapper: Where do I begin? Herringbone is a zigzag pattern, akin to a chevron, named after the V-shaped skeletal structure of the herring fish. Glen plaid originates from Glen Urquhart, Scotland, and is made up of a uniform series of small and large check patterns. See Canali's wonderful new three-piece suit (HK$27, 000; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 1745). It is sometimes called "Prince of Wales check" because style icon Edward, the future King Edward VIII, popularised the look in the 1920s while he was still the Prince of Wales. But herringbone appears to have won this season, from the Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Sport Coat (HK$5,980; Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2523 3366), to the soft-structured, wool blend jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo (HK$18,500; Pacific Place, tel: 2845 2718).
Mr Dandy: What? Like half the sales staff will know the difference? Use your eyes instead to find cool twists and leave boring jackets to grandpa. Kris Van Assche's blazer has a stand-up collar and double-buckle front closure in, OK, more of a houndstooth, but close enough (HK$16,050; Harvey Nichols). Karl Donoghue has a great lambskin coat embossed with a Prince of Wales print (HK$31,900; Harvey Nichols). Tommy Hilfiger's got sleeveless puffers in mixed print and solid technical fabrics (HK$2,690; 2525 8848), and so does Brioni (HK$31,950; The Landmark, tel: 2530 1733).
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