Ever since I bought my first sliding automatic belt, it’s all I wear. I would like to buy more but the only ones I have seen with slide buckles have belt holes, not the notched system I’m looking for. Could you recommend a few that are good quality and well-priced?
Mr Dandy: Woah, dude. I’m all for convenience but, man, you’ve got to be pretty lazy if you can’t even be bothered to use a belt properly. I hit some of the top accessory stores in town and got pretty frustrated by the lack of both knowledge and stock. I guess the internet’s your friend when looking for random stuff like this and there are quite a few sites that sell them. One of the best is Mission Belt (www.missionbelt.com). It’s got a great range of leather belt straps and sliding buckles in various colours (about HK$270 to HK$310) – and for every belt sold, US$1 will be contributed to a person in need somewhere around the world. If you want something fancier, your best bet is Dunhill, where there are loads of them in black or brown leather with buckles in different metal tones (HK$2,700; Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2524 3663).
Mr Dapper: I have always known them as ratchet belts. I’m afraid I agree with Dandy but I must admit their engineering – a mechanism consisting of a strip of notches into which the buckle clicks, making it instantly adjustable – is rather inventive. Daniel Hechter has quite a number of them in black or brown leather, with various buckle options (HK$780 to HK$980; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 8992). Another alternative is the Tonino Lamborghini label (HK$898 to HK$1,290; Wing On, 211 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2852 1888).
Almost every day, my shirt ends up with some sort of stain on it, usually between 1pm and 4pm. What are those stain removers I seem to remember seeing ads for?
Mr Dapper: Oh, for goodness sake, use a napkin, would you? You describe the issue as some sort of mystery, which it most clearly is not. Improve your manners and stop slopping your food around – without delay, contact Kristine Stewart at the Hong Kong Institute of Etiquette (tel: 3622 2705; www.hongkongetiquette.com). It would also be good practice, however, to keep a stain remover, such as a spray bottle of Vanish (HK$23.90; Wellcome, various locations, www.wellcome.com.hk) in your desk drawer. I have also been told that certain common items are effective when treating specific stains. You might have heard of salt for red wine stains, for example. Baking soda works on coffee; corn starch will help with oil and grease; cream of tartar is prescribed for chilli sauce. And when truly in a bind, dishwashing soap or soda water can work wonders.
Mr Dandy: Wow, Dapper, you’re a regular Martha Stewart these days. Anyway, who needs any of that when there’s the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover stick (HK$38; City’super, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7128)? Check out the other products on the nearby shelves for other great minis. Hey, there’s even one for curry!
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