<!--QuoteBegin--von Rothbart+June 06 2005,20:31 Come to Hong Kong with me. Â You will live like a monk here.[/quote-->
(von Rothbart @ June 06 2005,20:31 Come to Hong Kong with me. Â You will live like a monk here.[/quote) Don't jerk with me.
Â What about Lane Crawford, Seibu, Swank Shop... and the shopping temples like Landmark, Pacific Place, IFC, Harbor City...? Hong Kong is one the most, if not the most brand-obsessed cities. Â Tokyo is a formidable contender.
Tokyo is heaven. Â Hong Kong, however, lags behind a rather long distance. Â There are no Kiton, Attolini, or Borrelli of anything here (come on, at least a tie, please?). Â There are a few pieces of Brioni in Ascot Chang (of models most of you won't care about), and even the Purple Label items at RL are scarce (there are not EG shoes in HK, because they "don't sell"). Â There are a few models of Lobb at Lane Crawford; and recently Weston and Berluti opened (that's where I hang out most of the time), and that's about it. Â A few models of Santoni here and there of the mid- and lower line, Lattanzi or Vass --- forguddaboutit. Â Even Berluti here doesn't stock the newer RTW models. Â Testoni here imports all the ugly models for mainland Chinese tourists, and Gravati likewise. Â Trust me, Jcusey, you've never seen uglier shoes than these Gravati, a maker you so love. For clothing it's even worse. Â Zegna stocks 5 suits from the Couture line, Swank stocks about 5 Belvest suits (pretty much the same suit for the past year). Â For knitwear, none from the top three: Avon Celli, Cucinelli nor Loro Piana (there are only few pieces at Swank Shop). Â Turnbull & Asser is unheard of here, mention Oxxford and they'll think you're speaking Greek, looking for an Isaia? --- you might as well wait for snowfall in Hong Kong. Â Only two guys in RL knows about Corneliani (because the Purple Label suits were made by C. last year), and Dunhill just cut their offering of Grenson/Poulsen Skone shoes down to about 2 styles (the rest are Italian-made shoes in PS labels, not the Grenson-made PS). Â Alright, so you decide to go bespoke. Â Aside from mildly satisfactory results from Ascot Chang and WW Chan (disregard all the careless mistakes they made), the rest are a joke. Â The shoemaker at Kow Ho recommends plastic generic shoe trees for your shoes, and totally trash any norvegese shoes as "un-walkable" (they will still make it, at approx. US$400 a pair). Â And the temptation... --- "Cashmere coat in 13 hours", "custom-made suits in 5 hours", .... umm, right. Â No Savile Row tailors stop by Hong Kong, and both Lobb has stopped coming to HK (Lobb Paris came last year for the last time, just to do fitting for old clients and refuse any new orders). Â Berluti has yet to arrange their (one and only) fitter for bespoke, and Zegna Couture sends an unfinished garment to Hong Kong to be finished by local alteration tailors (no wonder they drop the "napoli" in their label). Â The only trustworthy shop is JM Weston, whose managing director (and his family) has since become a personal friend (hey, I hang out there every week, so go figure). Â The manager-ess at Berluti is a fine lady, and I'm just about to ask her out for dinner (no, we're just going to talk about shoes). Â My eyes are getting misty ...