1. Gaultier pleasures To think trousers were once sneered at bythe French aristocracy! Yes, it's true, the culotte-wearing set totally underestimated thesans-culottes (trouser folk) a few hundred years ago and now we're all sporting slacks. Jean Paul Gaultier, a painfully French designer with more than a healthy grasp of sartorial history is endeavouring to meld old and new designs of trousers in his latest collection, the picks of which are these olde-worlde grey high-waisted pair (right; HK$9,680) and the 1930s gangster pinstripe trousers (left; HK$8,280). Jean Paul Gaultier is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 0374.
2. Eau joy Perfumery is a science; it's all top notes this and base notes that. But fret not if your olfactory senses are not up to snuff; that's what we're here for. We're big fans of Ermenegildo Zegna's collection of fragrances, such as the masculine yet citrusy Uomo (right; HK$750 for 100ml) that came out last year, but we also highly recommend the Essenze set of five scents created for high-powered men. Standouts include the Haitian Vetiver (left; HK$1,950 for 125ml), an earthy and tropical scent that is sure to turn heads. Zegna is at 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3417 3088.
3. Commune sense France is in turmoil at the moment. Taxes are up, unemployment is up and, more salaciously, presidential infidelity is up. On the bright side, French kids are finding that all the suffering is proving a boon to creativity and none more so than the guys behind hip label Commune de Paris 1871. Playing on all things quintessentially French, the brand's tees are full of joie de vivre and we've picked out the Bouteille (right; HK$490) and the Ete des Lip (left; also HK$490) as our favourites. Commune de Paris 1871 is available at Kapok, 5 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, tel: 2549 9254.
4. Look alive When we talk about the things we like here at The goods, we do think a bit of fashion history is in order, after all, context is king. And so it is with Cerruti 1881 and its founder, the impeccably dressed Nino Cerruti, who mentored the likes of Giorgio Armani and Narciso Rodriguez. Although the 83-year-old Italian has stepped away from the family business, his indelible aesthetic of gentlemanly clothes lives on in current designer Aldo Maria Camillo’s spring-summer looks. We love this classic Italian ensemble of long-sleeved polo (HK$5,590), black cotton and silk trousers (HK$10,790), silk scarf (HK$5,390), sunglasses (HK$4,390) and black leather boots (HK$6,590; all far right). We also like this casual look of tailored mint cotton, silk and wool jacket (HK$21,590), long-sleeved shirt (HK$5,390), black wool trousers (HK$6,590), silk scarf (same as before) and black leather Derby shoes (HK$6,590; all right). Cerruti 1881 is in Pacific Place, tel: 2918 9149.