I have two pairs of jeans that I want taken in at the waist. They are by Evisu, but since they were a gift the store would only alter the length. Help?
Mr Dandy: How cheap can you get?
Seriously. Go back to Evisu (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 1931) and get a new pair in your size! OK, I’ll admit it’s a pretty cool brand, so if those denims are one-offs or vintage, then only entrust them to real experts. We e-mailed Los Angeles-based Denim Revival (www.denimrevival.us) and got a quick reply from chief executive Arman Adamyan. He confirmed they can alter the waist and seat (HK$310), taper the whole leg (HK$388), taper from the knee down (HK$295) and hem in various ways (HK$170 to HK$217) with a shipping cost of about HK$186. Since they’re not going to see you in person, also send them your best-fitting jeans and true measurements to use as a guideline. Or you could try Denim Therapy in New York, using the Repair Now form on their website (HK$140 per pair or HK$310 for three pairs; www.denimtherapy.com).
Mr Dapper: I’m wary of long-distance tailoring by someone who has never seen me, so I’d rather take my chance with a local alterations company, giving them clear instructions regarding length, fit and even thread colour.
Both Wonderful Alteration (1/F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2849 3366) and Perfect Dress Alteration Shop (2/F, Melbourne Plaza, tel: 2522 8838) assure me that their machines can handle thick denim.
My black or brown shoes look a bit heavy for summer. What are the rules regarding white shoes (not trainers)?
Mr Dapper: First, let’s redefine “white” as a colour. Blinding white shoes are rare for a reason, so we’re generally referring to light shades of beige. So-called Bucks are a prime preppy example, made from “white” (really light tan) buckskin or nubuck. These look wonderful with seersucker suits, casual summer suits, blazers and khakis and even shorts, and their popularity is evidenced by their scarcity: they appear to be sold out. However, you may still find some online by: LL Bean (University Suede Bucks; HK$690; www.llbean.com); J Crew (Kenton Suede Bucks; HK$2,148; www.jcrew.com); and many others.
Mr Dandy: Blah, blah, blah. I feel like Charlie Brown listening to adults drone on. Forget the rules! A splash of white looks fresh, so go for it with loafers by: Dual, in awesome crocodile- print (HK$3,200; Joyce, 16 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2810 1120); Church’s, in leather (HK$4,600; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1091); or Ferragamo with metal horse bits (HK$4,165; Mandarin Oriental, Central, tel: 2523 0899). A Testoni’s modern Corda Fantasy Wingtip looks like a torched crème brûlée (HK$9,200; Pacific Place, tel: 2522 0349)! A natty dresser should also consider two-toned white/brown wingtips or loafers, which are sold at the fantastic new Ralph Lauren men’s flagship next door (HK$11,000 or HK$9,800; Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2871 9338). If there’s one rule, I say: have fun!
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