Push the envelope Most men are pretty conservative when it comes to leather goods, especially the accessories they take to work. This is partly out of a fear of standing out as a "character" and partly because brands don't really stretch themselves by offering much beyond black, except more black, maybe navy and a few shades of brown. Montblanc, however, has a range of colours in its Sartorial collection of briefcases (right; HK$8,900, small; HK$10,300, large) and document cases (above; HK$8,000, small; HK$8,900, large). And yes, they do come in black, too. Montblanc is in IFC Mall.
A man's right to Choos Jimmy Choo for men? Well, in the past it's been hit and miss but one thing the brand has always been able to do is attract attention. And the latest men's shoe collection is a case in point. Our top picks are the slip-on Vans-like trainer (above left; HK$5,350) in luxurious leather and the star-and-stud suede loafer (above right; HK$8,490), which might not be everyone's cup of tea but certainly isn't boring. Jimmy Choo is available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central.
Top gear It took a long while for Topman to come to Hong Kong (it has only just opened a second pop-up store, at 59 Queen's Road Central) but it's here now and we should rejoice. Slowly but surely, Hong Kong men are getting the benefits of affordably priced clothes made by one of the best design teams in the business. The fashion-forward denim collection, AAA, is a particular standout. We like these two spring looks, the first featuring the athleisure (yes, that, sadly, is a combination of the words "athletic" and "leisure") trend that's so in right now with comfortable sweatpant shorts (HK$509) and sweater top (HK$509; both far right). The second look goes for oversize in a big way, and is made up of an AAA logo print tee (HK$409) and black skinny ripped jeans (HK$649; both right). Topman is available from Lab Concept, 93 Queensway, Admiralty.
Blazer trail Read any guidebook on menswear and it'll tell you that a navy suit jacket is a core element to any wardrobe. We don't disagree with that but we're also suckers for eccentricity and personality, so it was almost inevitable we would like the spring jacket collection at Ted Baker. Our recommendations are the burgundy check pattern with retro lining (below right; HK$5,095) and the frankly bonkers floral pattern jacket (below left; HK$14,695). Ted Baker is in Pacific Place, Admiralty.