Can I find LK Bennett shoes in Hong Kong? I can't remember the last time I went out to see what's in stores, so your help would be a great time-saver.
L.K.ing for Shoes, Repulse Bay
The Dictator rules: Good question. Can you? How good are your powers of reasoning, research and resourcefulness? Pretty terrible, apparently. Sure, the locations aren't listed on the official website this time, www.lkbennett.com , but don't even try to tell us you're too busy and important to shop. I know even the most high-powered of you out there rely on retail therapy to get you through the week. OK, so we've so far established you have limited resources in terms of mental capacity, but abundant financial resources. Wait, don't tell me, you're a banker. (Sorry, too easy.) For the even less capable out there (don't worry, lawyers, we won't pick on you today), LK Bennett is the accessories brand known for its kitten-heeled footwear. Founded in London by Linda Bennett in 1990, the brand takes inspiration from stylish icons such as Audrey Hepburn. Unlike much of the fashion world, it never seems to have thought that the classic pointy toe or the kitten heel ever went out of fashion. Its current collection even lets you spice things up with crystal-heeled evening shoes and exotic skin knee-high boots. Expect to pay no less than HK$2,350 for a pair, and up to HK$6,950 for special boots or evening sandals. Oh, and you'll find it in 'The Shoe Library' exclusively at that little old store called Lane Crawford (3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 3428; and Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2118 3638). If you like LK Bennett, then you should have already found other shoes you like at Manolo Blahnik (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2845 1575) and Hong Kong's ridiculously affordable shoe source, Vickie's (6 Li Yuen Street East, Central, tel: 2522 9013).
Do you know where I can get those silk padded hangers? I have tops whose shoulders get 'pinched' when I hang them on conventional hangers.
Left Hanging High and Dry, Mid-Levels
The Dictator: So don't hang them. Can I go home now? Fine, I'll indulge your ignorance. Seeing clothing abused by cheap hangers is shockingly common considering how easily avoidable it is. Yes, you need new hangers. No, it's not the silk that's going to make the difference. It's the shape and size. If you like fragranced hangers, have a look at Crabtree & Evelyn; its scented padded hangers in purple lavender, pink rosewater or green summer hill are made in a silky fabric with rounded shoulders that promise 'no more hanger shoulders' (HK$195 a pair; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2523 8668). It also sells matching scented sachets for your drawers (HK$85 each). Speaking of drawers, I tend to keep my cotton and stretch fabric tops rolled or laying flat rather than hanging to avoid creases or shoulder marks. If you are on the small side of sizing, some Japanese brands offer smaller hangers, which are much better for petite shoulders. I recommend trips to: Japan Home (hotline: 3512 3145; see locations at www.japanhome.com.hk ); Bals Tokyo (Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2302 1961); Franc Franc (2/F, Hang Lung Centre, 2 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3427 3366); Bed & Bath (Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2522 5151); Wing On (211 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2852 1888); and Ikea (basement, Park Lane Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 3125 0888).