I know it’s a little early to be thinking about velvet, but I’ve started my search for winter evening wear and was wondering if you’d seen any good alternatives to the classics – such as a print, for example?
Mr Dapper: Novelty formal wear is an oxymoron and an abomination. Even those silly brightly coloured or printed jacket linings give me hives, especially as they are often worn by show-offs with poor taste. I refuse to participate in this.
Mr Dandy: Dude, how else is a guy supposed to make boring old penguin suits fun to wear? Everyone’s gone casual exactly because no one wants to have to wear stiff, uptight clothes. If you get a tux by Shanghai Tang, you don’t have to wear a tie, because they come with a stand-up Mandarin collar. Its autumn-winter collection has an awesome paisley-print cotton velvet tux jacket (HK$7,200; 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2525 7333), which can be worn with the amazing paper-thin leather trousers (HK$9,800) for a throughly modern look. Alternatively, you could replace your old tux with the natty stand-out Shanghai Tang suit in a micro print jacquard silk (jacket, HK$9,800; trousers, HK$4,600). The totally affordable Asos.com has a shawl collar tux jacket in a small print jacquard poly blend for only HK$1,278. They show it paired with jeans, a highlow mix that I think looks great. And, man, don’t forget that Hong Kong’s full of great, well-priced tailoring made by guys who did kilts and military stuff in the colonial days. Ignore Dapper. Have fun.
I’m looking for a dopp kit but can’t find any and no one knows what I’m talking about. Why is it so difficult?
Mr Dandy: Ooh, there are some super-cool ones around. I’m loving the ready-to-go ones by Aesop, especially the Dapper Gentleman Grooming Kit for Mr Porter (HK$1,163; www.mrporter.com), pre-packed with Aesop’s fab plantbased shaving cream, face cleanser, spray-on moisturiser, hydrating cream and lip stuff inside a black zip-around case. Each item is a flight-friendly regulation 100ml or less. For classic leather, treat yourself to the Holdall No 101 Dopp Kit by Ghurka (HK$2,715), in a fold-end design with an interior zip pocket in your choice of colour.
Mr Dapper: Perhaps, sir, your terminology has scuppered your attempts. Many will have no idea that you are referring to a toiletries bag first popularised when they were made by leathermaker Charles Doppelt for American GIs during the second world war. Minimalist Japanese company Muji (Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3971 3120) has an excellent, unbranded nylon line, which includes hanging toiletries cases with handy pockets inside (HK$138) and matching zipup passport holders (HK$100). Tumi’s Split Travel Kit in the brand’s signature ballistic nylon (HK$700; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 4688) is easy to pack flat to maximise luggage space, and is designed with numerous pockets, a leather carry handle that may also be used to hang the bag, as well as an antibacterial lining.
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