1. G-Stars in your eyes We're well into March and the sun is finally manning up and taking centre stage after its fitful cameos in February. And, as such, a new pair of shades might be in order. G-Star is not a brand one would ordinarily associate with things of an optical nature, but we'll confess we're quite taken by the sleek metal-rimmed Sniper aviators (bottom; HK$1,595) and the chunkier, cellulose acetate version (top; HK$1,795). G-Star is in Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 3101 0520.
2. Gideon's day When people think of Aigle, they often think of wellies, but the venerable French brand is a lot more than outdoor wear these days and it's all thanks to an Englishman. Proving that the entente cordial is alive and well, at least when it comes to fashion, artistic director Gideon Day has taken the robust practical principles behind Aigle and added a soupcon of flair to create wonderful basics such as the Golddigga shirt (right; HK$1,150) and the Duplenut indigo shirt (left; also HK$1,150). Aigle is in Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8698.
3. Converse chorusThere are trainers and then there are iconic trainers, the kind that never go out of fashion. You know the type, you can spot them a mile off from the shape or unique detail, those trainers that can make even your dad cool, sort of. The list of shoes that fall into this hallowed category is short and perhaps debatable at the fringes but without question the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is in the top five. Grab yourself a reissue of the classic hi-top (left; HK$539) or lo-top (right; HK$499), which come in a dizzying array of colours. Converse is at 67 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2388 8382.
4. Italian job No one does casual menswear quite like the Italians. After all “sprezzatura”, or the art of looking cool without seeming to be trying, is an Italian word and the Italians the finest exponents. Canali’s Milan spring-summer shows were full of the sprezzatura spirit, with polka dots, stripes and playful colours all nonchalantly masking the fine and detailed construction of the clothes. We love this Gatsby-by-the-sea look of striped cotton jacket (HK$12,700), cotton bowling-collar shirt (HK$2,100), cotton stretch double-pleated trousers (HK$3,000), calfskin belt (HK$2,300) and two-tone calfskin leather shoes (HK$6,400; all far right). We also like this mellow look of linen and silk jacket (HK$11,800), cotton polka-dot shirt (HK$2,700), silk handkerchief (HK$1,300), cotton striped trousers (HK$4,500), woven leather belt (HK$2,100), suede calfskin Derby shoes (HK$5,000) and wonderful calfskin leather travel bag (HK$10,900; all right). Canali is in Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2918 1745.