Sneaking up Even though founder Valentino Garavani is now 81 years old, the label under Pier Paolo Picciolo and Maria Grazia Chiuri is still as cutting-edge as ever. And the men's trainer collection is good enough to impress even the most hardened of hipster cynics. We like the camo, multi-fabric running shoe (above right; HK$4,600), but we're in love with the studded black leather slip-on (above left; HK$7,600). Valentino is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2523 8035.
Rock and rollies Tumi is famous for its use of materials such as black-on-black ballistic nylon to create near-indestructible luggage - and, given the punishment that airport luggage handlers subject our belongings to, being tougher than the rest is a pretty solid sales pitch. Design-focused and casual, the T-Tech line injects a bit of pizzazz into that robustness. We love the gun-metal finish of this carry-on case (top left; HK$3,000), which is a Hong Kong exclusive. For the more flamboyant, the camo carry-on case (top, second left; HK$2,720) might be more appealing. Tumi is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 4688.
Sparks fly Benjamin Franklin said that death and taxes were the only two certainties in life. Ask any Brit and they are likely to add another - Marks & Spencer. In Britain, M&S is synonymous with quality clothes and, in recent years, it has introduced upscale tailoring under menswear designer Tony O'Connor. To protect against the elements, we recommend M&S' spin on the classic British mac (top right; HK$2,500) or the very masculine double-breasted pea coat (top, second right; HK$1,100). Marks & Spencer is at 22 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2921 8323.
Man of tomorrow Futurism seemed to be a dominant theme on the catwalks this season. With the world still treading water financially, it perhaps makes sense not to dwell on the here and now, but to look ahead to better times. Emporio Armani has been at the vanguard of the trend, using not only hi-tech fabrics but sci-fi-inspired cuts and silhouettes. We like this technically astute ensemble of khaki blouse jacket with zip front (HK$8,100), single-breasted one-button wool jacket in graphite (HK$10,900), stretch poplin shirt (HK$2,800), single-pleated wool trousers in graphite (HK$4,600), striped tie (HK$1,100) and gloves (HK$1,400; all right). We are also big fans of this ultra-modern look of double-breasted jacket in vertical black mesh (HK$9,600), khaki trousers (HK$4,200), guru-collar canvas shirt in heavy cotton (HK$4,400) and black nappa leather gloves (HK$1,600; all far right). Emporio Armani is in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 7922.