I need your help please. My teenage son has seen the Kenway jacket on the Volante Design website. It's a bit OTT but he'd really like one and they never seem to be in stock. Any ideas as to where he might find something similar?

Mr Dandy: Oh man. I mean, oh mom. You seem like a nice lady but it's not just "OTT" fashion. Your son is obviously into something called cosplay (short for costume play). He might just be wanting to dress up as his favourite character, Connor Kenway, from a game called Assassin's Creed. Hey, I guess it gets him away from the computer! The long Kenway tailcoat is made of heavy canvas or denim and is supposed to look like something from the American revolution. As proof of its popularity, the sold-out one at www.volantedesign.us (HK$2,675) is not the only choice. Of course, there are sites such as eBay. But your best, quick solution is the whole outfit from the Hong Kong-based www.cosplay.com.hk where you have three Kenway costume choices (now on sale for HK$1,867 and up). Teens are particular, so ask him which he prefers before you click the buy button.

Mr Dapper: How preposterous. Would you allow your son to wear his Christmas concert costume as casual clothing? I think not. I know a mother's suggestion is more likely to steer her teenager's style in the opposite direction, but there are many more appropriate designs by everyone from G-Star and Levi's, to APC, Ann Demeulemeester, Burberry and Belstaff.


I've been through the fads such as barefoot running, Five Fingers shoes, etc. However, nothing's really felt right. Now I hear there's a mythical shoe that lifts off barefoot but lands with the support of a normal shoe? Do they really exist and how can I get my hands (or feet) on some?

Mr Dandy: I think you're talking about the On brand from Switzerland. Go to www.on-running.com for an explanation. I e-mailed the guys (ex-athlete Olivier Bernhard, David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti) at customercare@on-running.com, but never heard back. They don't seem to deliver to or sell in Hong Kong yet. Bummer. If you're willing to risk it without trying them on, get your On Cloudster, Cloudsurfer, Cloudracer, or Cloudrunners online instead (for as little as HK$660 and up; www.amazon.com)

Mr Dapper: I hesitate to point out the obvious, sir, but have you considered returning to normal running shoes instead of turning to yet another fad? Opt for no-nonsense sources, such as: Tribal Sport (1A Broadwood Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2808 0471); Escapade Sports (1/F, 19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2891 1855); or 10k Running Pro Shop (1/F, 169 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2893 7990). Or consult a specialist: Sports Performance (8/F, Aon China Building, 29 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2521 6380); or Cosman Health Group (5/F, Winway Building, 50 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2975 4114).


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