I love contemporary Asian design but am of a larger size. Can you recommend some quality Chinese fashion designers who stock my size without making me wait for a custom order? Design Giant, The Peak The Dictator rules: Sure, if you would just inform me exactly what size you're talking about. What constitutes 'larger' these days anyway? This is one of the few cases where we won't blast you for not checking with the stores yourself. We know size fours who are eyed up by Hong Kong sales assistants, then given unsolicited reassurances that they can find their size. We love the understated, not overtly branded style of local designer Lu Lu Cheng (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2537 7515). Although her sizing only goes up to 10 or 12, this season's tops would accommodate an even larger size. The beautiful, sophisticated designs at Blanc de Chine (2/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2524 7875) go up to US sizes 14 or 16. It also has a gorgeous store in The Landmark but there's apparently a wider selection in the Pedder Building. Then there is the creative Sin Sin (52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2521 0308). Sin Sin's clothes are made with innovative fabrics and designs and you should be able to find pieces in the larger of her sizes and the occasional 'free-size' items. We'd be surprised if you hadn't already visited Shanghai Tang (G/F, Pedder Building, tel: 2525 7333) but just to remind you, the largest size for their distinctive womenswear is a US 14. You don't want to hear it but the last three take custom orders. I am looking for a wallet made of exotic skin but costs less than HK$2,000. Do you know any brands that make them at that price? Snake in Pocket, Happy Valley The Dictator: You want luxury for less? Who doesn't? HK$2,000 for a luxury item sounds very cheap to us. Make sure you're not cutting down on quality, too. The best options around include Lianca Central (27 Staunton Street, Central, tel: 2139 2989), where well-made snake- skin wallets cost about HK$1,520 to HK$1,800. Reasonably priced local brand FX Creations (Queensway Plaza, Admiralty, tel: 2821 9722) also does snake-skin wallets in a variety of styles and colours for about HK$500 to HK$800. For ladies' wallets, try snake-skin accessories shop Fiona's Collection (HK$1,300 to HK$1,500; G/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2581 3968). Can you please help me find a small purse/box for my lipstick and lip balm, preferably one that comes with a small mirror. I don't want a make-up purse, just one that I can carry easily in my bag. Lip Barmy, Mid-Levels The Dictator: Wow, we haven't even thought of these since the 1980s. We didn't think many of you wore lipstick any more in this age of gloss. If you're going to look to the past, then go retro with lipstick cases from the 1950s at Amours Antiques (about HK$450 to HK$1,000; 45 Staunton Street, tel: 2803 7877). Ask for these antiquated items in most accessories stores and all you'll get is a blank stare. You might have seen some online by luxury brands such as Coach, Herm?s and Swarovski but they're not available in Hong Kong. However, nice examples can be found in more unusual places. Kwanpen (The Landmark, tel: 2525 4388) has mirrored cases in crocodile skin for either two lipsticks (HK$1,600) or three (HK$1,800). Stationer Papyrus (Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2869 8788) carries the Spring Street enamelled and bejewelled metal lipstick cases (HK$255 to HK$380). Furla (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7148) has mini leather zip-up cases that can fit one or two tubes and come with a mirror (HK$550 to HK$650). The know-it-alls out there have probably been gagging to show their prowess and suggest the Lanes. Yes, you can also find cheap Chinese brocade lipstick cases for about HK$10 to HK$20 in most markets and the Ribbon Emporium (9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, tel: 2167 8882). Just be warned: the fabrics won't weather the harsh environment too well inside a typical bag. You could always opt for a great-looking lip product that comes with its own mirror such as Guerlain's Rouge G lipstick (HK$350) and Liparazzi lip gloss (HK$195; both available at Lane Crawford stores such as those in Times Square, Causeway Bay and on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui). But please refrain from tacky personal grooming in public.