Bud Gowan Formal Wear has been outfitting chipper chaps with spiffy duds for more than 55 black-tied years. Suits and tuxedoes available for rental or purchase enhance gentlemanly presence at weddings, proms, or motorcycle conferences. Dandies of all tastes will find more than 55 tuxedo styles and hundreds of vest-and-tie amalgamations in Bud Gowan's sharp inventory. Fasten on a borrowed split-notch, three-button penguin suit by Oscar de la Renta ($119.99) or rent it as a package with a vest and black-lace shoes ($149.99).
The journalists and editors at London Free Press work around the clock to compile the timeliest local, national, and world news for each morning edition. The smell of newsprint awakens readers, all feasting their eyes upon content such as sports coverage, op-ed columns, and reviews of movies and books.
Hong Kong tailors have a global reputation for excellence. "The city is rightly famed for being able to stitch-up top quality suits at bottom dollar prices," said About.com guide Rory Boland in his article Hong Kong's Best Tailors, right before listing Punjab House at the top of that list. Founded in 1889, Punjab House has tailored suits for the British Military, the Royal Navy, and some of the world's best-dressed mannequins. Today, the world-renowned suit shop and its sister company Apsley Tailors in London are headed up by Arshad Mahmood, a dedicated artist whose family has been in the tailoring business since the 19th century. Arshad respects the value of family traditions: in his own words, "many of Apsley's craftsmen are still second- or third-generation tailors. There is nothing they don't know about making the perfect hand-made garment."
Runners' Choice boasts a knowledgeable squadron of runners to guide customers toward their ideal pavement-pulverizing ensemble. Shoe fittings are personalized ensure that feet are ensconced in a supportive cocoon for hitting streets, trails, and human-size hamster balls. Runners' Choice purveys a wide variety of high-quality footwear ($119.99–$199.99) and versatile apparel, such as winter gloves and hats ($50 and under), Yak Trax for gaining traction on ice ($30–$40), safety lights ($15–$20), and durable, sprint-friendly socks ($10–$20).
Stocked with large selection of comics, graphic novels, and board and role-playing games, L.A. Mood supplies fans with sci-fi and superhero necessities seven days a week. New comic issues ($4) line shelves beside back issues, and pages in the first volume of the season eight Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel ($15.99) await dog-earring and clipped-on mirrors assuring readers of their non-vampire status. Six-and-a-half inch Godzilla action figures ($10.95) terrorizing nearby toys stomp past Captain America Heroclix boosters ($11.95) training for upcoming tournaments. As Dr. Who T-shirts ($19.99) bedeck admirers of time-travelling PhDs, Magic: The Gathering boosters ($3.95 each, $10.95 for three) contribute cards to developing decks. L.A. Mood hosts free Magic: The Gathering tournaments every Friday night, bestowing prizes and complimentary dragon-rodeo tickets to championing players.