What I love about Hong Kong is that it has a huge selection of magazines especially those from Japan. I picked up five magazines (including Monocle’s terrific September issue) and this year’s Monocle Mediterraneo. However, I won’t be covering Monocle as it is a publication that does not focus so much on style (but they do have some great spreads that tend to be Scandinavian or Japanese influenced). I regret not picking up Leon, Men’s Ex and Free & Easy, the most well-regarded Japanese men’s style magazines. I’ll make sure I buy them the next time I visit.

The Rake

This magazine has always been one of my favorites because of its high production values and great spreads on style. This issue’s highlights are Norton & Sons, a British bespoke tailor on Savile Row; a tour of the Hugo Boss factory in Metzingen, Germany; high-end boutique Malmaison in Singapore, wearing shorts; the safari look; and their highly enjoyable take on watches.

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Fantastic Man

I’ve heard good things about this magazine so I decided to pick it up. I should have browsed through it before buying because it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I found it too ‘art’ with spreads on very trendy, high fashion designer clothing for men including quite provocative advertisements that didn’t exactly appeal to me. The articles were quite good but I don’t see myself buying this magazine again.

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Men’s Club

I chose to buy this magazine because it had over 300 photos of stylish men taken in Milan, Italy. They cover everything from suits, shorts, shoes, chinos, shirts, ties, bracelets and watches. It’s just really nice to flip through the pages for some much needed style inspiration. I’ve never come across this magazine online so this is probably one of those better ones out there.

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UOMO

This is also a magazine I’ve never seen online. It’s oriented for those seeking to dress themselves in high fashion brands like Prada and Gucci with some great spreads on themed looks. Like Men’s Club, it covers a wide range of items that should belong in any man’s wardrobe and how to wear them. Although quite late their coverage on Pitti Uomo is good featuring major brands and themes that stood out on the trade show. I’m a fan of tote bags and I’m glad they devoted a few pages to some really nice-looking totes.

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I purchased all these magazines from PageOne located at Shop 3002, Level 3, Zone A, Harbour City on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. There’s a branch at the Hong Kong International Airport if you’d rather not lug around magazines while walking around.