Seven ‘golden week’ gifts perfect for geeks
From brush-on fragrances to foldable bikes, embrace your inner geek with these unique items that are ideal for a mid-autumn splurge
As geek culture becomes more mainstream, you won’t be hard pressed to find a wide range of geek-bait and techy-type products that have recently flooded Hong Kong’s shops. With the year’s last “golden week” falling next week, here are a few choice items for a holiday shopping spree if you’re stuck for inspiration.
1. Brompton Bike
The original and best foldable bike is now available in Hong Kong. If you don’t know the genius of the Brompton, this handmade gem folds away from its original size in about 20 seconds, and weighs only 12kg so it can be easily transported and stored at the home or in the office. There are seven official dealers in Hong Kong including Bull Bike (1/F, Kam Tong Building, 831 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon). Prices start from HK$11,000 (US$1,400).
2. Ray-Ban Wayfarer Scuderia Ferrari unisex edition
Sunglasses packed with tech can look clumsy and uncool. Enter Ray-Ban, who’ve linked up with Ferrari to make a pair of tech shades that include features such as polarised filters, lightweight materials and grips, all while still maintaining a bit design flair. Priced at HK$2,100, the glasses are available from ISA Boutique, Hankow Centre, 5-15 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
3. Adidas x Alexander Wang Season 2, Drop 1 ladies trainers
Sneaker tech is so far advanced these days it has become a bit bewildering. Tubes, boost, shox, flyknit – the jargon itself might be confusing but it has all become terribly familiar in the world of footwear, but by adding a bit of high fashion glamour to the tech it will keep you ahead of the curve. These trainers will set you back HK$2,100, and are available from Adidas Originals Concept Store, Shop 6B, 6 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay.
4. BoConcepts Living iPhone and iPad holders
We’re all so dependent on our digital devices these days, it’s almost too horrible to think about life without them (and no episode of Black Mirror will change our minds). Device cases are old hat, so glam up your gadgets with these nifty holders from BoConcepts’ Living collection. Marble iPhone stand HK$322, marble iPad holder HK$388. Available from BoConcepts, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central.
5. Michael Kors Sofie MKT5022
Smartwatches have so far been aimed at men; even the unisex Apple Watch is a bit too chunky and industrial looking for anyone who likes colour. For anybody after something more, the Sofie (HK$3,550) from Michael Kors is the answer, and it comes in a range of different case colours. It features the Android Wear 2.0 operating system that includes activity tracking, notifications and more.
6. North Face x Sacai
The Japanese are responsible for a lot of fashion trends but one of the less well known ones is their attempts to make functional outdoor wear cool. Sacai, the avant-garde brand from Tokyo, has performed a stellar rehab job on ’90s staple North Face by creating a range of jackets, including this tech fabric cagoule (HK$5,590), that look great in the wild and down the pub. Available from Sacai, Shop 2B, G/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
7. Byredo Kabuki
Swedish fragrance house Byredo is the hipsters’ choice not just for its painfully cool packaging but its relentless innovation. The latest gadget is the Kabuki, a brush-on fragrance which you apply like you would make-up. Kabuki comes in a range of Byredo’s most popular unisex fragrances and is priced at HK$480 for 7g and is available from Lane Crawford IFC Mall, Central.