Tide turning The America's Cup yacht race starts next month and if all the excitement and hype is getting too much, perhaps a nice relaxing day on the water is in order. If you do plan to take the boat out we recommend a pair of Bally Udal deck shoes (above; HK$3,790) in glacier blue suede and white leather. If you're staying on land to unwind at the yacht club then we recommend the Bally Waldor driving shoe (below; HK$3,790) in amber and grey suede. Bally is in Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3312.


Higher purpose Luxury brands often make the mistake of spreading themselves too thinly by moving away from their area of expertise. We won't name any names, but some get it horribly wrong; others, such as British shoemaker Church's, get it so right you'd think they had been making all sorts of accessories for decades. From the Church's summer bag collection, we love the classic shape and practicality of the tan-leather weekend holdall (above right: HK$2,900) and the quirky Englishness of the dark brown leather Gladstone bag (above left; HK$4,350). Church's is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1091.

G is for giraffe Colour blocking is the major trend in menswear this summer but we still have a soft spot for prints, especially if it's a quirky Galliano print. The iconic newspaper-print T-shirt (above left; HK$2,400) is always a favourite but we're also pretty keen on the giraffe-print tee (above right; HK$1,200). Galliano is in Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2992 0211.

Staying power Despite the fickle nature of the industry, fashion designers - or at least the best ones - tend to have reasonable longevity. Lucas Ossendrijver has been the creative force at Lanvin Homme since 2006 and despite hitting the seven-year-itch stage the Dutchman hasn't lost any of his daring, or love for the brand. Ossendrijver's ability to keep things fresh is down to his willingness to boldly mismatch on the one hand and keep things simple on the other. For an object lesson in how to do mismatched pieces the right way, look no further than the combination of see-through parka (HK$26,500), pastel blue shorts (HK$7,000) and white shoes (HK$8,000; all above left). If you like to keep things a bit more classic and, well, black, there's the ensemble of shorts (HK$4,500), shirt (HK$8,300) and belt (HK$7,400), set off with white sandals (HK$7,800; all above right). Lanvin is in New Henry House, 10 Ice House Street, Central, tel: 2205 0013.