#JJStyle: Offering Made To Measure at HUGO BOSS

We were amongst Hong Kong’s most stylish gents who were invited to take a peek last Thursday night at the grand opening of HUGO BOSS’ newest flagship on Pedder Street one of two new concept “new-generation” stores in this city; the other being on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Other newly established new concept stores globally will be located in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. 

The draw? Not only did we get to walk around the 1,031m2 interiors of the space which houses BOSS, BOSS Green, and HUGO labels for men and women, we were also invited to see the new BOSS ”Made To Measure” space, focused on creating a custom tailored-fit suits handmade in Germany and measured in Hong Kong.

Each BOSS Made to Measure suit will utilise exclusive Italian fabrics, linings, and buttons, and will be designed to fit the character of its owner. The extra twist? A well fitting bespoke suit with a uniquely BOSS signature look.

Also in attendance that evening, designer Jason Wu, who just recently took over as Artistic Director of BOSS Womenswear. Wu visits Hong Kong after freshly presenting his Fall/Winter 2014 collection at NYFW. The look which promises to combine BOSS’ German Modernist aesthetics with Wu’s signature feminine precision will soon be available at these shops as well.

WEAR Hugo BOSS Store Central . Shop No. 3, 1 Pedder Street, Central, HK T: +852 27966228 . HUGO BOSS Store TST . Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui T: +852 27969188 . WEB: www.hugoboss.asia

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#JJStyle: Minimal Style for Maximum Effect, RON DORFF

Launching this week in Hong Kong’s KAPOK is RON DORFF, a new line of classically simple plus straightforward urban sportswear combining Parisian flavor with Swedish functionality. The “no-frills” design of RON DORFF stands out aesthetically above and beyond the Sportswear offerings that currently glut the marketplace, catering to a consumer who is increasingly health-conscious, yet find it difficult to associate themselves with name brand sportswear you see in any department store.

The brainchild of Frenchman, Jerome Touron, and Swede, Clause Lindorff, the brand offers essential sportswear and non-seasonal classics in colors of black, heather grey, and white. Pieces include wears for tennis, gym, swimming, and jogging. Some of the shirts and hoodies come with cheeky maxims, like “DISCIPLINE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD”, “KO”, and “SWEAT”.

Also available at KAPOK is the collection of spa and body products co-developed with FACE Stockholm and made 100% in Sweden.

It’s time to clean up, then sweat it out.

PORTRAIT ABOVE, Photo of co-founder Claus Lindorff at Kapok Sun Street who was recently in town to help promote the brand.

WEAR RON DORFF via Kapok on Sun Street, G/F 3 Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong . T: +852 25200114

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#JJStyle: Made-In-Hong Kong, kapok’s First Menswear Collection and Interview With Founder, Arnault Castel

Last week, kapok, one of Asia’s best destination boutiques of curated goods, finally celebrated 8 years in business. And in a city like Hong Kong with plenty of shopping options from mono brand Flagships to big Department Stores, kapok’s achievement in making a mark within the city’s luxury goods market is no small feat.

Known for proudly being the first to import and/or carry brands like Kitsune, Herschel, Dyptique, MISCHA, Uniform Wares, VOID Watch, Saint James, Miansai, and Mismo, Kapok and its founder, Arnault Castel, is now going towards yet another niche direction… specialty men’s shirts.

One can say that Castel’s curation has set a certain kind of aesthetic tone, even if it generally leans towards more French sensibilities. That said, since opening 8 years ago, i’ve noticed a shift away from the typical I.T, Comme Des Garcons, or whatever generic luxury suiting look that men prefer to define themselves in Hong Kong, with styles moving towards something more of what kapok has had on offer since the beginning, clothes reflecting an independently crafted spirit at a higher price point, blurring the lines between business and casual… and therefore tossing high street chic out the window.

kapoks’ inaugural menswear collection, a limited and careful series of 5 shirts and 3 hats to begin with under the same moniker, aim to continue to address the perfect shirt that even after 8 years in the business of importing looks, Castel still has yet to find available in the market. The shirts are defined by their classic colors (mostly white, navy, chambray) and classic looks (buttoned down), but with that extra flare (oversized pockets), that are quirky, yet not too outrageous for workwear. I wore it to work yesterday!

We interviewed Arnault last week regarding his new direction forward with kapok and his inspiration with the made in Hong Kong inaugural men’s line!

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theW+: About your new collection. What is kapok launching this month for the first time?

Arnault Castel: It’s the first time we launch kapok products, kapok will move from being a retailer to being a retailer and a brand! We will start with a capsule collection of 5 shirts, designed between Paris and Hong Kong and all made in a fantastic small workshop in Hong Kong. Starting the kapok label is a way for us to also define what is the kapok style.

theW+: How is it like to transition to creating your own fashion label vs. carrying other people’s label in your store?

AC: We’ve been running the store for 8 years, and we work with so many great brands so it was important for us to not create “just another label” to add to what we have in store.

We decided to start with shirts, as we carry really amazing European labels at kapok, but sometimes the fabrics are a bit too heavy for Hong Kong spring/summer and also the fitting was not really perfect for our customers.

theW+: In the creation of the brand’s design and aesthetic direction, what were your style influences?

AC: First we started with the fabrics. We wanted very high quality, light and breathable fabrics. We found an amazing supplier of Japanese organic cotton and it all started from there. This makes the shirts so comfortable. 

For the fit, we had some directions coming from our favourite brands, the cool minimalism of Margaret Howell, Kitsune’s French preppy style. but we wanted to create something unique, so we worked on some playful details such as oversized pockets or 3d pockets. 

Our main direction was to have styles that could work both for a casual weekend or at work, and add a slight touch of fun.

theW+: Of all the brands you carry at kapok, what are your most favorite labels ever?

AC: So many! Without being too PC, I must say that i really like all labels in the store. if i don’t like something, it wouldn’t end up at kapok, it’s simple. 

Personally, I love our legacy casual style, the cool simplicity of Margaret Howell, Kitsune preppiness with a french twist. Common Projects make the best looking sneakers season after season. Astier de Villatte ceramics and candles are just so beautiful. And I am a bit obsessed with Mismo bags … i could continue for hours, but don’t want to bore you and your readers

theW+: Where can you see kapok going in the next 3-5 years? Will there be a record label in the future? (kapok has always stocked an amazing collection of music since the shop’s inception.)

AC: I have so many ideas i think i could plan 10 years of kapok :) I would love to do an outdoor store, also exploring a café, do a secret store full of unique pieces… again, the list is long.

We now have quite a few fans in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan so I am considering opening stores in these countries if i can. I think nothing beats opening our own retail stores to really communicate the kapok mood… of course, we also want to improve our webshop for those who cannot visit us often.

Anyway, i am sure the future of kapok will also be defined by luck, and by meeting new people along the way, let’s see!

introducing kapok first shirt collection - crafted in hong kong from kapok on Vimeo.

WEAR kapok First Collection . kapok shops, Sun Street and St. Francis Yard, Admiralty Hong Kong . kapokTOOLS, Harbour City . kapokTOOLS, K11
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#JJStyle: Hackett London in Hong Kong

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The other day I was hurrying to get to a meeting in Causeway Bay, when I a passed by this interesting window for the relatively newly established Hackett London flagship store across the street from Lee Gardens One. Against an unfortunately minimal ounce of hesitation on my end, and owing to the fact that walking into Hackett London’s Hong Kong store for the first time would most likely give me informative content for this style blog… I gingerly ventured in like some soldier of duty for all you readers.

I walked out with this jumper almost an hour later.

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Thank you very much… 30% Off End of Season Sale. The choice was between that above, and this below.

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A brand of the 80’s, Hackett is essentially a modern menswear lifestyle label focused on a style that is essentially and classically 100% English, yet with a contemporary twist.

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The Hackett Shop in Hong Kong, big by any standards for this city with menswear and kids clothing in stock, is apparently a mere fraction of its globally iconic, Sloane Street flagship with lifestyle offerings way beyond what we have here.

Offerings in the UK include a spectacle range, grooming products, and barbers.

That said, men who visit the store in Hong Kong can enjoy personal and bespoke tailoring, and a bit of a drink in the bar.

I snooped on the Tailor at work.

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As well as enjoyed laying out some key pieces on the adjacent fitting table.

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Here are some key #JJStyle looks that the staff helped me put together. This one is me channeling classic Dr. Who.

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And perhaps… my favorite look of the two, Dr. Who now.

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The Hackett Hong Kong shop is split up among two levels, with different rooms catering to different looks. Some rooms are geared to formal looks, while others are geared to more casual sporty looks, and there’s a room for that safari travel look. There’s even a room for kids. 

This room below is an homage to the English member’s only dining clubs.

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Complete with British-centric books to peruse.

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There’s also plenty of accessories of which to choose from. 

Pocket Squares…

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And ties of a full range.

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Made In England.

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It sure is!

Hackett’s founders, Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd-Jennings’, portraits adorn the shop’s staircase walls.

I love this decor.

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It’s good to have a bit of variety for menswear in this town don’t you think?

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Here are some key looks for Spring-Summer 2014 via the label’s creative director, Michael Sondag (previously Tommy Hilfiger.) This season’s styles are inspired by the candid photographs of Terry O’Neill, the work of David Hockney (a recurring theme within most labels this season), and the things and objects one can find in the artist’s atelier.

Quite quirky and modern isn’t it?

WEAR Hackett London . GF, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong . +852-31010008

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#JJStyle: Outlook for Ralph Lauren S/S 2014, Mix and Match

I’m a big Ralph Lauren fan. Even though they’re very commercially oriented, they do menswear correct most of the time. For their Spring-Summer 2014 it seems like they’re pulling concepts from everywhere for Polo, Purple, and Black label. That’s fine… I guess. I can see purchasing one or two good items from each collection and making my own cohesive #JJStyle look because obviously from the looks of it, their own style set up is all over the place. There’s a bit “Wolf of Wall Street”, there’s a bit Safari, a bit hippy frat boy, a bit Let’s-climb-the-grand-canyons. Hope they can work towards a more focused collection for the next seasons.

Meanwhile, it’s certainly better than the Mod 60’s Black and White womenswear offering for the same season. Say what?

WEAR Ralph Lauren via Harrod’s

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#JJStyle: Poetry and Romance Blooms Lose and Easy for Burberry Prorsum S/S 2014

To continue my train of thought from the last blog post re: Lane Crawford’s “Botanica’ Ad Campaign, I just wanted to do another post on a fashion label which I think is doing this floral-inspired theme really well. Coming out strong for this season… Christopher Bailey’s S/S 2014 color palette for Burberry Prorsum, is I think his strongest collection yet for the label. Debuting last Summer, expect to see his “Garden Party” inspired color palette with an edgier more color blocked solid direction for men, and a softer and more sheer take for the women, really influencing all kinds of fashion on the street for this coming year.

Themed “Writers & Painters”, his menswear collection is inspired by personalities like Alan Bennett and the artworks of David Hockney. There’s an emphasis here on knitwear as outwear, shirts as outerwear, unstructured paperweight trench coats, and  collection of relaxed knits in colors such as blue, greys, camel, olive, terracotta, pink, dusty yellow, dusty green, bright red, and blues… all in homage to “The New Tailoring” which is the combination of the Artist’s Jacket and the loose tie.

For the women, Bailey was really inspired by the “English Rose”, a collection of loose 3/4 length coats, lacy pencil skirts, soft spring knits… all polka dotted with costume jewelry-like embellishments in dusky pinks, mint greens, lavenders, and pale yellows. Compared to the men, the women get soft drapings, bright sandals, sheer fits… all pairing well with the debut of the brand’s “Petal” bag.

The lesson here for this season… keep it loose, keep it easy… but everything is very structured and tailored… and bright.

SHOP Burberry All Labels via Harrod’s / SHOP Burberry Prorsum Select Pieces via theWanderlister+ Shop

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#JJStyle: Red and Blue At The Lonestar State

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Two weeks ago, I decided to give myself a break and purchased a last minute ticket online to fly back for my annual family Christmas get together in Fort Worth, Texas (aka “The Lonestar State”)… my hometown. 

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As expected with most all-American (relatively) mid-sized towns like Fort Worth, everything is all spread out. In Texas we call this spread a “sprawl”, the opposite of Hong Kong density.

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Texas is SPRAWLING.

Below and Above, The Kimbell Museum designed by Louis Khan.

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For this brief non-Asia specific blog post, I wanted to present my photos of Texan “sprawl” as it relates to some of Fort Worth’s most unique cultural treasures, a group of world class museums which emerge lightly like an oasis on a sea of a very flat wintery beige landscape.

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First off, I find the sheer existence of these museums, with their breathtaking and unique collections set… in the middle of Fort Worth’s vast flat grassland really oddly fascinating. How did these clusters of museums get built on this site… amongst the flatness, the occasional taco stand, the gas station, and some 1950’s post-war reconstruction government edifices, in the first place?!

Well thanks to Oil Money and a very philanthropic minded Oil Family (the Bass Family), all these museums stand here today. That said, I’m thankful to have had such an access to the Kimbell Art Museum’s rare permanent collections at such formative years. The Kimbell houses a highly curated and select collection of important works by old-world masters such as, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, El Greco, Velazquez, in an intimate building designed by none other than a master, Louis Kahn. It’s no surprise that I ended up following a creative career path with that kind of cultural influence in my own back yard.

As I recently walked in and around Kahn’s introverted yet timeless building most notable for its series of barrel-vaulted roofs, I was immediately transported back to all those moments when my relationship with art and architecture first bloomed right there in that very museum.

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imageAbove, the Kimbell Extension by Renzo Piano.

Other buildings I visited in the museum complex; the newly opened glass roof extension to The Kimbell, by Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Across the street, and about twice the size of the Kahn’s Kimbell, at two full stories, my other favorite; The Modern, by Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, with a collection of contemporary masterpieces.

Below, The Modern by Tadao Ando.

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Both buildings by Piano and Ando, with their repetitive roof forms, also sit lightly on a generally flat site just like The Kimbell. Both designs are strongly influenced by Khan’s Kimbell planning, the Kimbell being at the core of Fort Worth’s museum complex, tying three beautiful modern buildings together.

Lucky Forth Worth.

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I just want to add that before I flew to Texas, I was graciously gifted one of only 74 limited edition travel satchels… a special red and blue colored Seventy Eight Percent ”Dimitri”, designed by an amazing person, Hong Kong based- Israeli designer, Shai Levy, a creative I covered on this blog several times before. 

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What makes the bag special is that it is Seventy Eight Percent’s first collaborative bag ever, this one with noted New York accessories designer, Eddie Borgo, a jewellery wunderkid who is known for his luxuriously sleek-yet-punk triangular and pyramid shaped motifs. This bag’s print of “interlocking triangles” is definitely a great example of that formal obsession with the triangle…. my favorite shape.

Below, Bag by Seventy Eight Percent x Eddie Borgo, Levi’s Jeans, Club Monaco Blazer, Watch by Daniel Wellington, shirt by J.Crew, Shoes by Ralph Lauren.

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The “Dimitri” Eddie Borgo bag was a perfect travel companion to the States for me. I was able to fit everything in this stress-free and stylish lightweight carry-all… my SLR camera, sunglasses, passport, travel documents, wallet, iPad, keys, diary, and smartphone. With everything that I placed inside, it was still a surprisingly light carry.

Material of the leather is vegetable tanned (great for the environment), and the canvas a Japanese cotton.

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The limited edition Eddie Borgo bag is available now at Lane Crawford Hong Kong (IFC, Harbour City, Times Square Causeway Bay) and Lane Crawford online and comes in Beige and Brown. Another collaborative line is with Brooklyn-based artist, Julia Chiang, available in all Blue and Beige and Green. A portion of the proceeds of the collaborative bags go to the Changing Lives Foundation, a foundation focused on reaching out to underprivileged youngsters in Hong Kong and Mainland.

And because it’s red and blue, it was THE perfect travel accessory for a trip to the U.S.of.A! It was good to be back, albeit briefly.

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SHOP Seventy Eight Percent x Eddie Borgo . Seventy Eight Percent x Julia Chiang / WEAR Seventy Eight Percent / WEAR Eddie Borgo / FOLLOW Julia Chiang Artist / VISIT Kimbell Art Museum / VISIT The Modern Fort Worth / CHARITY INFORMATION Changing Lives Foundation in Hong Kong

Style Photography Courtesy of Travis Guba Los Angeles

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#JJStyle: Made In Paradise AW 2013 - 25% Off Wanderlister Code

It’s not all that strange to be posting this now… 1) Australia has hot sunny Winters and 2) They make great gifts for Christmas, and especially after when people fly the city yet again to spend some beach time during Chinese New Year. Made in Paradise is a Hong Kong based men’s swim trunks label debuting for the first time this year. The newest collection is focused on retro memories of its founders; Maurice Maghnagi and Sani, namely their pre-occupation with Urban Lifestyles, Technology, and Party Raving. The designs reflect “rebels who play a gentlemen’s game.”

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From Now until midnight, December 31st, just type in the promo code “MIPWL” and you will get a 25% off discount on their website. Enjoy!

WEAR Made In Paradise

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#JJStyle: Mr Porter Meets Hong Kong Menswear, A/W 2013

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Sometimes I wonder how my love for fashion began, especially because I grew up in Forth Worth, Texas, where I had very limited access to style and trends. As i look back at that (relatively) small city, and where my love for self-styling actually began, it’s even a wonder how I was able to literally “scrape” by and be content with just what we had there for choice. My taste in Fashion was shaped by the STYLE sections of the Dallas Morning News, and copies of Details or W Magazine, that was available at the local Wal-Mart. Sure local Department Stores; Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s, carried my then favorite brands; Prada, DKNY (very different in the 90s), and Hugo Boss, but they never carried any of the styles that were at the time deemed too edgy for that Texan market.

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Looking back, I was one of those weird boys in High School that put together runway looks via re-appropriated GAP and Banana Republic wares, and additionally… I spent hours at the Vintage Thrift Shop. Anyway, I was thinking about all of this as I was modelling Thom Browne on the roof of Hong Kong’s Woolloomooloo Bar in Wanchai for a Mr. Porter Profile on Hong Kong’s “stylish” gents.  I wouldn’t say I’m the most fashionable guy in the city, I think the rest of the guys in the shoot are way more fashionable than me… (Looking at you Sean and Roger!)… and definitely I’ve had my regrettable phases (one whole year wearing nothing but neon in HK as an homage to DIPLO, for example), but definitely its nice to know that my “style” obsession does not go unnoticed. Alot of people may say, “who cares about style or fashion?”. But I say, “I Do. I care.” I want to look good, I want to feel good, and it makes me happy.

PS. Oh and by the way, my camera I take on vacation is my tiny Fuji X-F1 NOT an X-S1 as the article states… but thanks Tom M. Ford for the interview, Dan May for the amazing styling, and last and the best, Jason Capobianco for the photographs. Grace Lam you rock for putting my name in. It’s really cool of you.

Here’s some behind the scenes photos from the shoot!

Jason and Mr. May having a chat on concepts.

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The most stylish gents, Sean Fitzpatrick and the fabulous Dickey Blue.

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Roger Ouk looking dapper and very serious!

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Met this Boy Wonder, a 17 year old professional Race Car Driver, named Matthew Solomon, whose father owns Electric Sekki.

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Jason’s wife, Voguechina Editor, Grace Lam, came by to take a peek with the little one.

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And a little preview!

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I have a little video of it on my Instagram Profile. But anyway enjoy my interview it’s pretty cool. Read it here!

SHOP Shop by Designer at MR PORTER

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#JJStyle: Daniel Wellington

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If you’ve been following me on my Instagram page, then you’d probably already know two things about me; 1) I post quite ALOT and 2) I love #menswear. Any cool new fashion thing I find, love, and purchase or get, then I pretty much manage to share on there. The two photos above are typical my #JJStyle shots, and show my newest obsession, the Swedish casual watch brand, Daniel Wellington, which launched in the summer of 2011. 

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This preppy watch for gents and ladies is known for their simple and thin watchcase which comes in rose gold and silver. A big trend these days is the “interchangeable” strap. With Daniel Wellington’s they come in natostrap and leatherstrap. Actually, i’ve seen a new collection from TIMEX which has the same idea. But what I love about these DW’s is that its really elegant and unassuming. You see in my two photos above I paired the same watch with a Pal Zileri Jacket in one photo and Club Monaco shirt in another.

Even my friend Liz, an architect, ordered one online. This one below is hers, which is an Instagram photo I took over brunch at Classifieds.

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The DW watches are sold in over 30 countries and have been featured in magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Elle. And now all styles are available for Asia online. I even saw them at the Kapok Shop on Sun Street in Wanchai a few weeks ago.

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From now until the end of November, as in November 30, 2013, if you order a watch at Daniel Wellington ONLINE, Wanderlister.com readers can get a 15% discount with the CODE: “WANDERLISTER” for all online orders. Regular mail usually takes 14 days, via UPS it’s 2-5 days. 

Dress well and See you out and about!

WEAR Daniel Wellington

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