A recent addition to the men’s grooming scene in Hong Kong is one that hails from the United Kingdom: Gentleman’s Tonic. Located at Landmark Men in the basement of The Landmark this shop caters to gentlemen looking to get groomed and pampered. Gentleman’s Tonic has a wide range of services that includes haircuts, wet shaves, facials, hand treatments and massages. On top of that they have their own line of shaving, bodycare and haircare products. They also carry accessories such as dopp kits, shaving brushes and razor blade handles. What I like about their products is that they’re made using natural ingredients. Two ingredients that are found prominently in their products are Babassu Oil which protects the skin from drying and Manuka Honey which helps moisturize and has antibacterial properties. Both their products and treatments are reasonably priced by Hong Kong standards.
Shops and Services
Tassels carries shoes from well-known brands such as Crockett & Jones, Alden, Edward Green and Bontoni. Their wide selection offers men the convenience of not having to travel very far to buy a good pair of shoes, however, I must note that the prices are quite high. The sky-high rent in Hong Kong must be the culprit. Continue Reading
One of my stops on my recent trip to Hong Kong was the The Armoury’s new location at Landmark Men, a section of The Landmark specifically for men. Located right across their original location in the Pedder Building the second shop focuses on off the rack clothing and accessories. The new location is great for introducing The Armoury to a wider range of clientele as The Landmark attracts a more mainstream crowd. Continue Reading
When I was looking for places to buy raw selvedge jeans in this part of Asia, TAKE5 Co. was by far the most well-known and highly recommended. The shop carries only jeans made in Japan and a range of accessories, bags, belts, shoes, tees and shirts. They stock well-respected brands such as Momotaro, Pure Blue Japan, Samurai and Studio D’Artisan. Continue Reading
Monocle is one of my favorite magazines so it was a must that I pay a visit to their shop in Hong Kong, one of three in Asia (there is one in Tokyo and they recently opened in Beijing). The shop sells old issues which are still quite valuable for their coverage of neighborhood shops, city guides and surveys as well as goods from all over the world. They are known for their collaborations with various brands which ranges from shirts, jackets, shorts, accessories, perfumes, stationery and bags. If you can’t make it to any of their shops you can always buy them online. Continue Reading
Kapok is another one of those shops you must visit while in Hong Kong. It is off the beaten path just like The Armoury but worth making the 45-degree walk up to St. Francis Yard where it is located. The shop carries items from brands you will hardly find anywhere else in Asia. They have a wide variety of footwear, luggage, accessories, watches, clothing, music, magazines, eyewear, homewares, and grooming products to choose from. The products are quite pricey but all have that discreet luxe appeal that some people prefer. Continue Reading
When I made plans to visit Hong Kong the shop that was on the top of my list to visit was The Armoury. I’ve read about them in The Rake and follow their fantastic blog on Tumblr. I visited the haberdasher on a sunny Sunday after having some lovely dimsum for brunch. They just opened and were still busy cleaning up the place for the week ahead. The Armoury is as beautiful as the photos I’ve seen. But what the photos don’t convey are the mellow music playing in the background and the lovely smell of leather. The noon time sun brightly shines into the shop bringing out the rich colors of everything on display. Continue Reading
About six months after I bought my pair of Sarar brogues the soles were in a poor state. (If you must ask, yes, I walk a lot). The toe area was very worn out with the midsole starting to be exposed. The midsole was also cracked at the sides if you look closely at the first photo. I don’t think my shoes could take any more abuse so I decided to look for a resoling service.
Many people would choose Mr. Quickie, Besa’s or their neighborhood cobbler to repair their shoes but they are never good choices. Mr. Quickie charges 600 pesos to resole your shoes but they don’t do it with the proper last (a form in the shape of the human foot) stuck inside the shoe causing it to move while the new sole is being attached and sewn. I believe Besa’s is the same but charges 2,500 pesos which I thought was too much. The neighborhood cobbler has limited tools and would never have a last available. Continue Reading