People are going nuts over the new Kanye West x Adidas shoes, which should be coming out around now. I've seen tons of online lucky draws and promotions, but it got me thinking, since Hong Kong is such a big trainer market, can't I just walk out and buy a pair without all that craziness?
Mr Dandy: Don't you wish! Actually, dude, the Adidas Original Yeezy Boost 350 Moonrock (HK$2,000) created in collaboration with Kanye West was released on November 14 at noon at only two Juice stores in Hong Kong (9 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, tel: 2881 0173; 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2517 3099). They'll probably be long gone by the time you read this, but you can always call. Since I know Dapper will be scratching his head, these are the fruits of a designer collaboration with West, who is a mega celeb, rapper, music producer and self-taught designer. Oh, and he's married to Kim Kardashian.
Mr Dapper: I will never understand the frenzy for trainers but should you wish to fuel your addiction for the current fad footwear, you should be able to find satisfaction in the secondary market. Trainer scalpers are often the first in line to capitalise on the hunger for said shoes. They will no doubt be reselling them at an inflated price online. It seems most of the reselling occurs on eBay.com An earlier creation by Mr West with Nike, the Air Yeezy 2 Red October, is said to have been resold online last year for an average of US$2,958 from an original retail price of US$250. How much are you willing to spend on rubber shoes?
The weather is cooling down, but I never get cold enough in Hong Kong for a full-on coat. At college in the United States I used to wear thicker shirts over a T-shirt to keep out the chill. Does such a thing still exist and can I buy some here, or will I have to go home to LL Bean, etc?
Mr Dapper: Unless you are planning to go on a hunt or become a lumberjack, I honestly see no point in dressing yourself as such in an urban environment. You jest about LL Bean, but it could be an easy solution for you as it now delivers to Hong Kong. Its classic red and black checked Maine Guide Wool Parka has the simple cut of a light jacket or shirt and is lined with PrimaLoft insulating material (HK$2,137.90; www.llbean. com). Locally, Uniqlo offers something quite similar; flannel shirts lined with beige, shearling-like, synthetic fleece, available in a variety of colours and checks (HK$299 each).
Mr Dandy: No! That's not what he's talking about, Dapper! Shirt jackets or "shackets" are the jacket for autumn, and even though Hong Kong hasn't hit the right temp quite yet, I say it's definitely time to stock up. I'm crazy for Juun.J's black wool shirt jacket with leather detail (HK$4,800; Joyce) and Patrik Ervell has a collarless navy quilted flight shirt jacket (HK$3,681; hypebeast.com that is to die for. Neighborhood calls its version a panelled shirt (HK$1,824 and up; I.T) but it's right on the money. Keep looking at Aape, Freemans Sporting Club and White Mountaineering for cool options. And don't you dare tuck it in - ever.
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