I’m not adept with an iron, making the mornings a bit of a struggle. Do you know where I can get my hands on one of those flat pressing machines?
Mr Dapper: Hats off to you for ironing anything yourself. To be honest, I gave up years ago and rely on the kind services of my far more talented wife and helper. The trouser press took a bit of digging. I tracked down some excellent options by the renowned Corby of Windsor, but they must be ordered directly from the Hong Kong agent (Klako Group, 10/F, Seapower Industrial Centre, 177 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, tel: 2345 7555). The rather ingenious device comes in a variety of wood finishes and can be free-standing or mounted to the wall. Prices begin at HK$1,980 for the 4400 model, which features 15-and 30-minute pressing cycles. Upgrades include the 7700 model (HK$2,180), which has temperature control and a selfadjusting function to press knees and turn-up hems.
Mr Dandy: Wait. You have the space for that? I know I don’t! Anyway, dude, it’s all about steam these days, which works on more than trousers. If you pay attention in stores, you’ll notice that’s what they use to straighten out the clothes before they put them on the racks. Just hit any home appliance or department store and you will find a few to choose from. I think the Panasonic Steam Iron is pretty nifty (HK$1,198; Fortress, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2555 5788). It comes with a stand and an attachment that works like a normal iron. You’ll be surprised by how irons have a come a long way, too. Take a look at the steamgenerating Rolls-Royce of irons, the Philips PerfectCare system (HK$3,988; Fortress). It has “Optimal Temp” technology that apparently adjusts the temperature so you don’t have to fiddle with dials. My latest geeky obsession is the Bosch Home Professional Steam Station (also HK$3,988; Fortress), which comes with cool attachments including a steam gun.
Where can I pick up a pair of my favourite flip-flops, Sanuks, in Hong Kong? The strap on one of my old ones has snapped.
Mr Dapper: As a personal rule, I do not wear thong sandals in public, so I will defer to the aficionado.
Mr Dandy: Dapper, your feet don’t know what they’re missing. But I’d advise our reader to look around because, great as the Sanuk brand is, there are tons of other brands out there now and more colours and designs than ever before. Some brands to consider: Havaianas (duh), Dan Ward, Reef, Teva and even fancy designers such as Bottega Veneta. But to answer your question, yeah, Sanuk’s can be found. The brand, apparently named after the Thai word for fun, is actually from California. The last time I saw it was at Sogo (555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 8338), and its styles have great names such as Yogi, Slacker, Fraid So and Beer Cozy (HK$399 and up). It also has versions of those canvas slip-ons everyone’s into such as the Vagabond, Grifter, Pick Pocket and Kyoto (HK$499), as well as similarly casual Rambler lace-ups and Shipwrecked modified topsiders (HK$569).
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