I noticed a fashion brand doing leather versions of Chinese canvas slip-on shoes, but the prices seemed ridiculous. So I started looking for old Chinese emporiums selling them; but the only one I found, in Central (Yue Hwa), didn't have any. Now what?
Wondering China, Central
The Dictator rules: Before I dig in, I have to admit: well spotted. Few seem to have recognised that the flat from Chloe's autumn-winter collection is the exact shape of a kung fu slipper. In fact, the brand itself has simply named it the Emilie ballerina. Whatever they call it, I have to say it's rather brilliant and exquisitely well made, in plain black or metallic gold leather (HK$3,970 a pair; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777) or snake-print pony hair (HK$5,820). Much as I love a bargain, a discerning eye will immediately pick up on superior craftsmanship, materials and finish. Nothing could be more charming though than a handmade kung fu shoe from Tam Kwok-kwong's 50-square-foot stall in Sheung Wan (190 Hollywood Road, just up the steps towards Pound Lane, tel: 2547 1368, mobile: 6420 2624). Choose from one of the pre-made shoes in canvas or leather, or let Mrs Tam measure you for your very own custom-made pair (HK$298 to HK$750). And, while you didn't find it in the fancy-fied Central Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium, you will find the classic men's shoe in black canvas with white rubber sole at its main store, in Jordan (HK$298; 301 Nathan Road, tel: 3511 2222).
Skiing every year is a great pleasure and privilege. But I always feel so un-sexy in the pursuit of warmth. This year, I'd like to surprise my husband with a one-piece stocking/lace unitard. Apart from a scary fetish sex shop, is there anywhere I can buy a good one?
Cold not Kinky, Macdonnell Road
The Dictator: Oh, get over yourself. There's nothing wrong with being a little kinky behind closed doors. Here's to embracing your racy side in 2013. Unquestionably proper Fogal calls its version a catsuit, and it comes in gorgeous black lace with spaghetti straps (HK$1,350; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2526 1751). Americanapparel.net lists its as a Floral Lace Stretch Unitard (HK$388 not including delivery), and offers the sleeveless body stocking in navy, black, nude beige or cream. Now, for luxury fetish lingerie, there's still no better place than Agent Provocateur. The good news is you can step into that world entirely painlessly at IFC Mall (inside Lane Crawford, tel: 2118 7658). The not-so-good news is that it doesn't stock the Mercy Body suit, made in black stretch lace, with an, um, open crotch and plunging neckline (about HK$3,092), but agentprovocateur.com does deliver. For the widest array, you'll have to venture into, you guessed it, Wan Chai. Don't worry, Althea Lingerie Store is more cramped than seedy, the staff are absolutely lovely, and there are countless body stockings to choose from in all sorts of styles in lace or fishnet (HK$99 and up; 125 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai).
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