I prefer to brush my suits rather than submit them to the dry cleaners I’ve encountered in Hong Kong. (I don’t go in for, err, shiny suiting.) However, I simply cannot find one. Could you please advise where I might buy one post haste?
Mr Dapper: I completely concur with you, sir. However, I would add that living in a humid climate such as Hong Kong does force one to submit one’s suits for dry cleaning every-so-often. Suit brushes are, indeed, rather difficult to find in this city. Thankfully, the fine gentlemen at The Armoury (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2810 4990) have their own made by Britain’s house of Abbeyhorn from traditional horsehair and horn, which cost HK$600. As they reminded us, clothes brushes are usually crafted with horsehair so they are stiff enough to remove lint yet gentle enough to brush up the fine hairs of the fabric without damaging them. A limited selection can also be found at department stores, such as Wing On, where I found a Coronet clothes brush for, unbelievably, HK$25 (211 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2852 1888).
Mr Dandy: What? I’ve never even heard of brushing a suit, sorry, and I doubt most other guys have either. I’m all for dressing and looking the best you can, but this sounds like more hassle than its worth. Have you tried dry cleaners such as: Goodwins of London (Great Food Hall, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1400); or Jeeves of Belgravia (The Galleria, Central, tel: 2973 0071; more locations: www.jeeves.com.hk); or Kleaners (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2295 0088)?
It’s impossible to buy gifts for my husband. When I ask him what he wants for Christmas, he just says: “Standing iPad case.” Easy, I thought. I went to Hermès, but it is sold out. Then, when I went online, I saw they were US$1,400 each! Help?
Mr Dandy: Oops. It’s a bit late now, isn’t it? Make up for it with one of the oodles of luxury iPad cases out there. Tod’s do fab ones in all sorts of coloured fine leather (US$3,700 each; Lee Gardens Two, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 7006). Shanghai Tang’s dragon-embossed cases are black or brown with bright linings (HK$1,480; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 1505). Does he like the Bottega Veneta weave? It’s now doing iPad cases with stands, too (HK$8,500; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 1792). If he’s more of a Louis Vuitton kind of guy, get one with the monogram or from the understated Tiger Collection (HK$6,100 to HK$7,250; Pacific Place, tel: 2526 2681). Or skip the case and get him a cool Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker which acts as an iPad stand and charger (HK$798; store.apple.com).
Mr Dapper: Is all subtlety lost on you, Dapper? Our reader clearly baulked at the price tag from a refined company known for its lack of overt branding. Assuming function is just as important as form, I would recommend Japanese brand Elecom, which makes a rotating case for portrait or landscape viewing (HK$438; Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3832), and a case with an attached keyboard (HK$638). Naturally, tech shops such as DG Lifestyle (Pacific Place, tel: 2918 4811) stock an array, too.
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