Shoes: 3 pairs. Black and chocolate brown laceups and a pair of black loafers. We don't have a lot of the brands that you guys discuss here in Oz so unfortunately I will not be getting Grensons.
Hong Kong will have them, although it may be difficult to find your size (put it this way, I'm 5'11'' and about 168 lbs (76 kg or so I think, wear size 11 (US) shoes, and am considered rather large.) Â If you have disproportionately small feet though (like Joey in Friends) you may have better luck. Â A good place to start is Lane Crawford (not the Causeway branch though, which is sort of like Harrods - I wouldn't be surprised if they carried Grensons. Â Also, you might want to check out "The Landmark".
Actually, Lane Crawford doesn't carry anything of interest, accept a few models of Lobb. Â RL in Hong Kong doesn't even carry Purple Label shoes, and your best bets for Grensons will be at Dunhill (and the number of models they carry are thinning out). Â Hermes no longer carry Lobb, but Hermes-designed shoes made in Lobb's factory, whose styling do not appeal to me at all. Â Loewe used to carry StefanoBi shoes (in Loewe's label) but there aren't anymore when I stopped by a few days ago. Â Frotunately, Weston opened their store some two months ago (and I must be the most frequent visitor). Â So for forum members Hong Kong is quite a disappointing city for shoes. I have no experience with WW Chan even though I live here now. Â I don't favour such large operations (some of their work are done locally while some done in mainland), so is Ascot Chang, and I favour smaller shops/one-man operations where the tailor I meet is the person who will actually be making my clothes. Â I have to admit Jantzen does offer a hard-to-resist deal on shirts and suits (they just brought in some Loro Piana super 120s suiting fabrics). Â Everything is made locally, and the delivery time is amazing (next-day for shirts, 3-day for first fitting for suits). Â Suit prices range from upper-$300 to upper-$500 for the Loro Piana fabrics. Â Make sure you have a VERY GOOD idea about what you want and not to be swayed by their ideas or other locals who shop there. Â Average Hong Kong men have pretty bad taste in clothing. Â I have not had anything made here, but have met the owner (Ricky) and his right-hand man David. Â Sales should begin some time around second week of December, though some stores might begin sooner. Â Landmark and Prince's Building (two of the bigger malls in Central, next to HSBC headquarter) pretty much carries all the designers you have or have not heard of. Â All other malls in other areas (Pacific Place, Times Square, IFC, etc.) pretty much boost the same stores. I am using a local tailor here, trained in the English style (his sartorial lineage is kind of complicated), who runs a one-man operation in a tiny shop. Â Since I am pretty much his only customer (business is pretty bad these days) he devotes most of his time on my commissions. Â Everything is hand made if he knows how (no matter how many Attolini I show him he still doesn't know how to do a handsewn buttonhole 'embroidered' on both sides --- now it's only 'embroidered' on the front like Brioni and most makers). Â Everything else is pretty much hand sewn (as per my request). Â He couldn't find any dealers for horse-hair canvasses, but the canvass he uses is not bad either (again I'm the only who uses it in his shop). Â I am still working with him to get the most comfortable arm-hole height. Â I supply my own shirting buttons, which are cut from Troca shells along Japanese coasts (these are the best I have found, and believe me I have searched high and low for shirt buttons); except for the slightly yellowish colour, they are exactly the same thickness and size as the Borrelli buttons (Borrelli's and Barba's buttons are exclusively theirs). Â I have an average of 2, sometimes 3 fittings per suit/coat, and 1 or 2 fitting for my first shirts. Â Everything is done with a paper pattern (not MTM, but true bespoke) and the pattern is updated constantly. Â Please see my next post on a sportcoat he made for me recently. Sorry for the negative tone, but after almost my whole adult life in New York (and almost all my vacations in Europe), Hong Kong is indeed disappointing. Â The only thing here is the food (not up for arguement) and, maybe, the women (that depends on your taste).