I saw a photo of Terry Crews, of Old Spice fame, carrying a classic man bag. I know they have a dodgy reputation but he looked so good. Can I get one near my office in Admiralty and not get laughed out of the building? I can’t be bothered to haul a briefcase around, and shoving everything in my pockets makes for questionable bulges.
Mr Dandy: You mean the ripped actor and ex-American football player who no one would dare laugh at? The man purse, or “murse”, is a pretty brazen look. Are you prepared for smirks and taunts? Then let’s go! Studly Mr Crews tweeted a photo of himself holding a Louis Vuitton Neo Belaia clutch for men in Monte Carlo in June. And it has sold out so fast, only the Tsim Sha Tsui boutique has stock now. It comes with a removable wrist strap (remove it) in black Epi leather with a silver brass lock (HK$13,200), or grey Taiga leather with a palladium brass lock (HK$12,900). Ferragamo does a classic style, too, in a beautiful mid-blue tone (HK$7,950). Dunhill has a simple zip-around version in plain black, navy, grey or brown leather (HK$8,750). Bally’s Nedo clutch (HK$4,990) has the same retro design in black, blue or brown leather, as well as the modern, striped leather Benjy (HK$8,490). I’m eyeing the Dolce & Gabbana oversized foldover clutch in calf leather with push-lock closure (HK$8,900) just so I can say to Crews, “Mine’s bigger!”
Mr Dapper: Simply, no. Take yourself to Smythson for a leather pouch or, even better, a zipped writing folder (HK$5,600 to HK$7,000) that is beyond reproach.
My much-loved linen jacket by Paul Smith has worn through on one of the elbows. The rip is too big for invisible mending. Where can I get someone to sew on those elbow patches in a stylish way but not at vast expense, please?
Mr Dapper: Ah, yes, thank you for reminding me of the charming old elbow patch. Local alterations tailors only sew them on, so the onus is on you to source them, or provide fabric from which to cut them. We found precious little on the usually reliable Pottinger Street, in Central, save some rather small ones by Daiso Japan in denim, beige or cream (HK$22 per pair; Hop Hing Ho Sundries). My wife has recommended a trip to Sham Shui Po, but I know few gentlemen who would relish that idea, so it’s onto the interweb for us. Jackfoxley.com has an array of them in waxed cotton (HK$124 per pair), ultrasuede (HK$124), suede (HK$139.50) and leather (HK$139.50). Amazon.com offers a plethora, too. For alterations, we use Perfect Dress Alteration (aka Ann & Bon; Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2522 8838), which charges HK$240 to HK$280 and takes one week to complete the job.
Mr Dandy: Hello? Don’t you think that’s a sign? Time to get a new jacket, dude! I prefer my elbow patches on my jumpers, but if you like the professor look, it’s everywhere right now, try: Zara (HK$899), Comme des Garçons (HK$13,199) and Brioni (HK$36,995).
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