852 Shopping Get The Look Rock Solid — Add some sparkle to your life with diamond and crystal embellishments. Crystal embellished purse Beavaldes, Harvey Nichols, $28,000 Harvey Nichols The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3695-3388 Silver clutch Arte Madrid, Price TBC Arte Madrid Shop 2004A, 2/F IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-3980 Hoop earrings, Evita Peroni, $2,295 Evita Peroni G-06, G/F, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, 2265-7498 Necklace, Bulatti, Harvey Nichols, $2,480 Harvey Nichols The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3695-3388 Leather peacock hairband, Alexandre Zouari, $8,900 Alexandre Zouari Shop 1056-1057, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 3152-2213 Diamond ring, Jan Logan, from $49,500 Jan Logan Shop 2089A, 2/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2918-4212 Cocktail ring, Accessorize, $200 Accessorize Shop 1040, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 3101-1170 Open Store Burberry Oh yes, we soooooo need another Burberry. Though already on their 15th store in town, the latest boutique at Elements shopping mall is one of their biggest yet, boasting a 450 square meter space featuring some of their classic collections from the Burberry Prorsum, Burberry Sport, Burberry London, Burberry Brit and Burberry Accessories ranges that we so adore (did you know if you say “Burberry” ten times in a row while spinning in front of a mirror, then you get a free bloody mary or something?). To complement the distinctively well-made clothes (fashion director Christopher Bailey is an absolute genius), the store’s interior is suitably Brit—and comes replete with sleek wooden panels, bright lights and flat screen LED video walls to showcase its latest digital content, mostly cutting-edge catwalk shows and ad campaigns. Now that’s what we call fashion forward. Shop 1043-47, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2735-0039 Tech Know Who’s the Bose? With the new VideoWave entertainment system, Bose’s plan to revolutionize the home theater industry may have actually succeeded. This set comes with a special surround-sound system built into a 46-inch 1080p LCD TV, and even includes a very handy and sleek universal remote (dubbed the “click pad”), an iPod dock and a nice little AV box that connects directly to the TV. So for those who dislike messy wiring situs, this nifty product will set you up in no time. The product reaches stores on Oct 14 and retails for $44,000 Old but Gold Find pre-loved treasures at these vintage outlets, writes Johannes Pong. Amours Antique Browsing in this SoHo treasure trove feels a bit like rummaging through a great aunt’s attic, finding kitsch knick-knacks, intriguing antiques and romantic old clothes from decades past. Owner Wendy Ko sources her stock on regular sojourns to Europe, bringing back stunning vintage dresses, art deco handbags and other trinkets. The clothes, dating from the 1890s to the 1950s, aren’t for daily wear, but they’re drop-dead gorgeous when you want to make an impression. It’s not cheap—rare 19th-century items go for up to $20,000— but it’s always worth dropping by for an interesting blast from the past. 45 Staunton St., Central, 2803-7877 Select 18 Wacky, one-off artifacts, quirky furniture and down-to-earth casual wear for boys and girls are arranged in aesthetic chaos around the store. Also on sale are bags, dresses and accessories crafted by local designers. A kitschy area round the back of the shop displays vintage sunglasses in a space designed to resemble a 1970s optician’s shop. The store also offers consignment sales for anyone looking to offload pre-loved treasures. Shop A, G/F, Grandview Garden, 18 Bridges St., Central, 9310-6168 Ladyplace This cramped little space is packed with the world’s most prestigious labels at discount prices—much of it pre-loved by local celebs. You can avoid the warehouse ambiance by buying online at “the best resell virtual shop in town.” But make the trip in person and you might find yourself rifling through the racks of plastic bag-covered clothes with celebrities and tai-tais who secretly—and not so secretly—buy and sell their couture here. Unit A, 1/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley St., Central, 2854-2321, www.ladyplace.com SatisFactory Vintage Emporium This vintage emporium sells secondhand wedding dresses, hats, gloves, and formal wear. Most items are sourced from the UK, with some from the US. Vintage wedding gowns are a bargain at $4,000 to $7,000. “I can’t sell them for more in Hong Kong,” says owner Salina Lam. “Chinese are superstitiously wary about second-hand clothing. Westerners find it a blessing that someone has worn the dress before—it gives the dress history and character—whereas Chinese would just be concerned about the previous wearer being dead.” 2/F, 6 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay, 9783-5141 How to Buy Vintage Fashion Never bought second-hand stuff before? Here are some old-school pointers. • High-end couture gowns were worn probably only once or twice, so they should be clean enough. Check for pulled threads, especially on embroidery, and stains. • If you buy secondhand casual wear, machine wash or dry clean before wearing—it might have been marinating in mold or dust for decades. The dry-cleaning bill might come to more than your 70s shirt, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for fashion. • If you’re hardcore, check whether there’s historical value in a piece. Some garments are collectable, such as rare designs or even those with a fault that makes the item unique.