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Abid Rahman

 

                                                 

High profile Behind Creative Recreation is one of those loveable fashion stories of two designers at a mega-brand deciding to take a risk and strike out on their own. In this case we have Robert Nand and Richard Cofinco, two ex-Vans shoe designers who felt trainers were ready to go upmarket and took the plunge in 2002. More than 10 years later, Creative Recreation's bold designs have gained a cult following in the premium trainer world and it's not hard to see why with the Cesario X high-tops in daring pony hair (above right; HK$2,450) and hard-to-miss metallic copper leather hi-tops (above left; HK$1,250). Creative Recreation is available at 3NITY, Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 3669.

 

The inbetweeners What to wear when the weather isn't quite cold but isn't warm either? G-Star has the answer with a lightweight denim bomber jacket (above; HK$4,695) from its Marc Newson collection. To keep the rain off there's the blue camo parka (right; HK$4,295) from the same collection. G-Star is in Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 3101 0520.

 

A head for hats Almost everybody looks good in the one-size-fits-all equaliser that is the baseball cap, but other hats, well, you either suit them or you don't. If you're one of those chosen few blessed with the perfect head shape, we recommend looking through Ted Baker's hat collection, where you will find a rather nifty red flat cap (above; HK$450) and super-hip trilby (top; HK$600). Ted Baker is in Pacific Place, tel: 2918 9609.

Fabric of a man Enough ink has been spilt on the rise of menswear, but for us the most fascinating thing is the depth of knowledge men have these days. From cuts to prints, to fabrication and finishing, the once opaque world of high-end menswear is now a much broader, though still esoteric and geeky, church. This greater awareness partly explains why brands such as Dunhill are making greater play of the fabrics they use and where they come from. For autumn, Dunhill is working with the kings of flannel, Fox Brothers of England, to accent key looks such as this one of grey wool and cashmere flannel trousers (HK$3,500), blue cotton striped shirt (HK$2,595), grey merino wool and cashmere checked jacket (HK$15,995), purple knitted silk tie (HK$1,350), leather shoes (HK$6,625) and graphite lightweight raincoat (HK$9,695; all above left). Dunhill is also working with Scottish company Hawick to produce its cashmere, which anchors this look of navy merino wool and cashmere herringbone jacket (HK$15,995), denim cotton shirt (HK$2,250), grey twill trousers (HK$2,995), silk pocket square (HK$995), cashmere scarf (HK$2,895), leather shoes (HK$6,625) and lovely leather Sherborne Grip bag (HK$19,250; all above right). Alfred Dunhill is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2537 1009.

 

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