COS and effect If you had asked us in the 1990s what Scandi style was, we'd probably have blurted out something about Vikings and Thor. Alas, COS wasn't around to put us right. The kings of minimalist menswear are at it again this season with deceptively simple structured garments such as this grey bonded wool suit jacket (above right; HK$1,900) and the quilted grey jumper (above left; HK$890). COS is at 74 Queen's Road Central, tel: 3580 7938.



Running with the packs Sprayground is a street-wear accessories brand started by a man with three first names - David Ben-David - which must be a nightmare when filling out forms. The brand has been around for less than three years but has already found favour with its playful designs and rebel spirit. We love the camo shark backpack (above right; HK$850) and the even more striking tiger print backpack (above left; HK$750). Sprayground is available at 3NITY, Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 3669.

Dark horse It’s one of those fashion mysteries that Veronique Nichanian isn’t more widely known. Of course, devout fashionistas are aware of the longtime Hermès menswear designer, but poor old Nichanian has never had the profile of alumni such as Martin Margiela or Jean Paul Gaultier, nor indeed the fawning adulation. Well, Nichanian has a friend here at The goods and we are loving her latest autumn collection, including this eye-catching look of pink cashmere crewneck (HK$9,900) over a cashmere turtleneck (HK$9,800), gabardine trousers (HK$4,400), belt (HK$9,200) and calfskin derby shoes (HK$7,400; all above left). We also like this playful mix of sporty and casual – charcoal grey cashmere flannel jacket (HK$28,300), high-neck jumper in flannel silk (HK$8,300), cashmere jogging trousers with suede detail (HK$15,900), calfskin bag (HK$45,600) and oily calfskin boots (HK$10,700; all above right) with rather fetching orange laces. Hermès is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2522 6229.

In it for the long run In this chatty, tweety world of instant gratification and short attention spans … Wait, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, so what with the world, short attention spans, etc, it's worth clinging to things that take a little more time to be truly appreciated. And that's why we love handmade John Lobb shoes that look great on first wear but will look even better a year, or five, down the line. From the new collection there's the almost continental looking chestnut leather loafer (top; HK$14,000) and, for a touch of gravitas heading into the boardroom, the black calfskin derby shoe (above; also HK$14,000). John Lobb is available at the Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2537 2229.