Scent packing Many men are becoming more discerning with their scents these days, jettisoning the designer-label potions and opting for the offerings of fragrance specialists. Enter Atelier Cologne, a French maison de parfum that has just opened up shop in Central’s IFC Mall and offers a range of scents lovingly made with the best ingredients. Given that just as many women read this as men, hint, hint, we recommend the gift sets (above; HK$2,490 each), which include body wash, lotion, cologne and a travel scent with leather holder that can even be personalised with initials on-site.
Just COS If you're anything like The goods, you can't wait for the sun and heat to be over and jackets and long-sleeved tops to come back into play. And the less said about shorts on grown men the better. At this time of year we always turn to our old faithful, COS, which comes into its own with autumn-winter clothing in terms of both style and price. We love this austere but elegant look dominated by a great grey Japanese wool overcoat (HK$2,250), matched with silk-linen-mix polo neck (HK$690), grey wool trousers (HK$990) and black leather Derby-style shoes (HK$1,500; all above right). We also recommend this ensemble of Japanese-style cotton Kimono top (HK$890), white cotton V-neck (HK$490), slim-leg trousers (HK$990), the same Derby shoes and the black leather briefcase (HK$1,500; all above left). COS is at 74 Queen's Road Central.
Too sexy for my shirt Ask any man between the ages of 32 and 45 and he will tell you the 90s were the greatest decade for music, culture and that general feeling that "things can only get better". It's all nonsense, of course, but nostalgia is the veneration of nonsense. Still, there was a brief period back then when paisley was all the rage and we're happy to report that the pattern is, once again, cool, and not just for reasons of nostalgia. Check out these sumptuous and modish shirts at Thomas Pink. The blue gingham (above right; HK$2,000) is great but the indigo (above left; HK$2,250) is a must. Thomas Pink is in Pacific Place, Admiralty.
Bring to a head Beats Audio, after parting city boys and hipsters alike from their well/hardly earned cash with its slick audiophile products, is now making a play for the wider market, with colourful and multifunctional products. The move might not be all that surprising now that the brand is under Apple management but that doesn't mean the product quality has dropped. We are loving the range of colour options for the Solo2 Wireless headphones (above left; HK$2,598) and the made-for-jogging Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones (above right; HK$1,798). Beats Audio is available at the Apple Store, IFC Mall, Central.