I hear scarves are out and snoods are in. Where can I get one? Uncovered in Kowloon The Dictator rules: Who are you? Heidi Klum? Well, 'you're out' because we doubt you even know what a snood is. It seems not many do. The snood was originally a sort of hair covering or hairnet worn in the Middle Ages, as shown by the nostalgic Lady MacSnood at www.snoods.com . But don't go there. They were commonly used until the 1940s but by the 50s, hairnets had been replaced by tubular scarves as the more pop- ular 'snood'. This season, the scarf-hood hybrid has seen a resurgence on the runways in various forms. Don't be fooled by designers trying to avoid the luxury-lacking lexicon, either. Go to DKNY to stock up on the reversible, cable-knit 'infinity muffler' (HK$1,490; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8300), which, despite the name, is one of your most appeal- ing and affordable options. The luxurious cashmere version by Loro Piana goes by the name of 'men's collar' (HK$2,200; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 3368). At Burberry (Harbour City, tel: 2377 3831), Christopher Bailey calls a spade a spade and snood a snood, offering them up in everything from cable-knit wool (HK$3,100) to cashmere check (HK$3,400) to mink (HK$12,000). For an honest, well-priced snood, check out the selection at French Connection (Harbour City, tel: 2175 4006), which comes in a range of colours for only HK$499 each. How can I remove oil stains from a light dove grey leather jacket? And don't say 'get it copied' because I'm keeping it for sentimental reasons. The jacket belonged to my best friend, who recently passed away. Loving Leather, Tsim Sha Tsui The Dictator: I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like more bad news is the last thing you need at the moment but I'll have to be the bad guy, again, and tell you that most cleaners won't even try to remove a grease stain from leather. In fact, they'll probably look terror-stricken when you show it to them but what do you have to lose? Do it anyway at the following dry cleaners who also provide leather services. Clean Living, which came recommended by another reputable cleaner, has locations all over Hong Kong (including one at 36 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2723 7873; www.cleanliving.com.hk ) and offers free pick up and delivery (tel: 2334 0896). You could also try Park Avenue (G/F, Kowloon MTR station, tel: 2302 4020; pick up and delivery hotline: 2893 9368; www.parkavenuehk.com ); or Jeeves (1/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2973 0101, hotline: 2973 0071; www.jeeves.com.hk ). Leather cleaning, by the way, is different to normal dry cleaning and requires unique machinery. Always ask questions before entrusting a leather or suede garment to a dry cleaner. Can I buy Coola lotions in Hong Kong? Face SPF30 and Sport SPF45? The brand is from California. Coola Shaker, Central The Dictator: From California, huh? Thanks for the hot tip. The answer is: not yet. However, it's not like you can't find a million other sunscreen brands in Hong Kong that offer SPF30 to SPF45 protection. Hint: visit your local pharmacy, department store, sports shop or supermarket. For example, Coppertone's Water Babies SPF50 sunscreen costs HK$91 at ParknShop. We almost couldn't believe you bothered us with this, until we read about Coola's products ( www.coolasuncare.com ). What's unique about the brand is not the level of protection or where it comes from, but the certified organic, eco-conscious, petroleum-free ingredients it contains, which include natural 'phyto-protectors' and anti-ageing vitamins and antioxidants. If you can wait a few months, Coola products will be launched in March at Sephora (G/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, tel: 2771 8061; www. sephora.hk). Can't wait? Order from www.skinstore .com or visit specialists such as Health Gate for other green- minded sunscreens such as Jason Sunbrellas Mineral Based Physical Sunblock SPF30 (HK$209; 8/F, Hung Tak Building, 106 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2545 2286; www.health-gate.com ).