You Like, You Buy Vol 33
It's early days yet for Hong Kong but over time it is hoped that Disney will capture our imagination, our wallets and our sense of style. This article says it all really and sets out your choices should you be hankering to fill your hope chest with stylish merchandise featuring Mickey and his cohorts. The easiest way to do it is to buy one of the Giordano t-shirts above in your favourite colour and character. The look is decidedly casual but affordable enough to buy in bulk and resell at exorbitant prices on ebay.
For those who like to adorn themselves with trinkets and baubles of yore, I recommend Chow Tai Fook's Disney Princess collection which is fairly innocuous. There you will find familiar symbols like Cinderella's glass slipper, Dumbo's security feather and the lamp that Aladdin enjoyed rubbing so much.
As for ladies whose fancies run to slightly gaudier, the enthusiastic salespeople at Chow Sang Sang (www.chowsangsang.com) would be more than happy to make your acquaintance. If you're wondering why it all looks like the colour of radioactive margarine, the Chinese are very particular about the quality of their gold. Nothing less than 99.99% pure gold, 99.9% if you're cutting corners.
Mickey & Minnie cuff bracelet
Minnie pink crystal pendant
Fairy Tale Wedding
Mickey Wishing Tree
But before you swan around in your newfound princess glory, please consider whether you are qualified to do so by local standards. Instead of using a pea under a mattress, we simply ask that you meet the criteria of being an "innocent elegant and beautiful western woman".