Things are heating up and although I’m not ready to propose, I’d like to buy my girlfriend a meaningful piece of jewellery to mark that she’s mine (ha ha). I’m thinking an ID bracelet with our names engraved on it. Are they easy to find in 2013?
In Love and Outdated, Central
The Dictator rules: Good idea. Women love being branded by their men. Think about it: how do you like it when women try to shackle you? (No need to get kinky, now.) Joking or not, you have actually picked an item that’s had a minor resurgence in fashion. Classic jewellers such as Tiffany & Co carry them in sterling silver (HK$2,100 to HK$4,200; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2845 9853). Sure, they’re from the men’s collection, but who can tell? Engraving by machine costs HK$90 for the first three letters and HK$5 and up for subsequent letters; by hand, it’s HK$250 or more for the first three letters, and HK$40 and up for each letter after that. Both take about 14 days. In love but out of cash? Mom-andpop- style silver shop Tong Kee is, amazingly, still around and offering bargain prices (61 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2527 1216). Support this dying breed of Hong Kong retailer and get your ID bracelet for as little as HK$350 to HK$1,950. Engravings are beaten in by hand rather than etched for only HK$5 per letter, and can be done in a few hours. Now, if I were to be shackled, I’d like it to be by something more interesting, like, say, a Cartier love bracelet in 18-carat gold – hold the diamonds and leave a message inside, please (HK$43,500; Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 8105 5008). I’d also settle for the mercifully unengravable Bottega Veneta oxidised silver Intrecciato ID bracelet (HK$10,100; The Landmark, tel: 2973 0882).
Where can I find Pleats Please in Hong Kong? Lane Crawford in Admiralty has gone and Pleats Please with it. I went to the Lane Crawfords in IFC Mall and Times Square but they don’t stock the brand.
Please, More Pleats, Pok Fu Lam
The Dictator: Duh. If you’d only gone to the designer’s official website, www.isseymiyake.com , you’d have found the store locator, which lists Lane Crawford’s Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui store as the only outlet selling the Pleats Please line. That was confirmed when I asked the label directly. Oh, wait. Lane Crawford has just told me it no longer carries it after all. Now I’m almost as confused as you. I really cannot think of any brand producing the same, unique pieces, so let’s just go straight to online stores such as www.farfetch.com . It’s offering 30 per cent to 50 per cent off Pleats Please tops, dresses, trousers and jackets (about HK$500 to HK$6,640). Or go for the main line, Issey Miyake, which I called to reconfirm is sold at Joyce in Tsim Sha Tsui (Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, tel: 2367 8128). One excellent alternative is Hong Kong designer Sin Sin, who works with extraordinary fabrics and innovative cuts (52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2521 0308).
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