The beat goes on With all the renewed interest in Jack Kerouac, it might be an idea to get on the road, if you will, with a pair of Beat generation-inspired Gram shoes. Any budding bohemian would look the part in a pair of white 383g boots (above left; HK$1,950) or the slightly more rugged 390g version (above right; HK$950). Gram is available at Squarestreet, 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2362 1086.
Straight bats The Hong Kong cricket season is in full swing and there's nothing better than watching some leather-on-willow action from the comfort of the clubhouse balcony, gin and tonic in hand, while arguing the finer points of leg spin bowling. Kent & Curwen has die-hard cricket fans sorted out with this look of checked jacket (HK$7,900), the obligatory cricket knit (HK$2,900), preppy striped dress shirt (HK$2,100) and trousers (all above right; HK$2,600). The more casual fan might opt for an ensemble of striped jacket (HK$5,900), shirt (HK$1,900), trousers (HK$2,600) and bow-tie (all above left; HK$790). Kent & Curwen is in IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7373.
Ode to mode MCM, or Mode Creation Munich, is renowned for its repeated-logo design and colourful accessories, but perhaps less well known are its classy leather bags for men. We recommend the Safari collection, featuring a dark brown tote (above; HK$7,600) and a navy weekender (top; HK$9,100). MCM is at 30 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2117 3955.
Bolts from the blue Denim was first made in the French town of Nimes (as in “de Nimes” or “from Nimes”) and from these humble beginnings the fabric has staged a global takeover, with all manner of obscure places now producing jeans. One such location is the Welsh town of Cardigan (as if that doesn’t add to the confusion), where a historic denim factory has been revitalised by the brand Hiut. We love Hiut’s story and we’re even more taken with the jeans made with organic denim sourced from Turkey (above left; HK$1,424) and its premium Selvedge pairs (above right; HK$2,445) made with denim from the Kuroki mill in Japan. Hiut is available at www.hiutdenim.co.uk.