THE BUSINESS TOOLS YOU CAN'T WORK WITHOUT[*]
(Business 2.0) – NOT SOLD HERE EDITION
A Made-to-Order Uniform
Bespoke suits by Noble House; from $480; noblesuit.com
ROBERT M. BLAKMON Sales manager, Veolia Water British wits have a handy nickname for expatriate businessmen: Filth (failed in London, try Hong Kong). Every day here in Hong Kong, I'm surrounded by Filth, but boy do they ever look good. Their secret? Handmade, custom-fit suits and shirts of nearly Savile Row quality for about a quarter of the price. An English suit will cost $3,600 and up. A fine Hong Kong suit custom-tailored to your specs will rarely exceed $700. Noble House is probably the best known, but there are several other quality shops, mostly in the Kowloon area. Also in Kowloon is the Ascot Chang Shirtmakers shop (www.ascotchang.com), where handmade dress shirts run $75 to $200.
Money in Your Pocket
Panasonic P900i cell phone with Edy money-transfer service; phone $490, NTT DoCoMo Foma service plans from $35 per month; www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
JOI ITO CEO, Neoteny I got my NTT DoCoMo P900i cell phone last year. It's a 3G phone that includes a 1.3-megapixel camera with autofocus, videocamera, and miniSD memory card slot. The Web browsing and e-mail are noticeably faster than on my previous phone, which didn't use DoCoMo's advanced Foma network, and the P900i supports Flash and Java applications. The phone also includes a mobile wallet feature that allows you to pay for things with your phone and Edy e-money. I actually used it to buy an iced coffee yesterday. Several buildings that I go to regularly are Edy-fied--convenience stores, coffee shops, parking garages, etc. The Foma network allows me to roam in countries like Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Australia that use UMTS, a compatible 3G technology. You can also use foreign SIM chips in the 900-series phones while in Japan, as long as your provider has a roaming agreement with DoCoMo (in the States, that's Cingular).
Rebooting Your Body
Berocca tablets; $13; www.berocca.co.uk
ROB COOPER Director, Asia-Pacific, NGB Software Technologies International business travelers know that there are two primary maladies that can turn your happy trails into unhappy trials--the common cold and the uncommonly powerful hangover. I have found the stone that kills both birds: Berocca effervescent supplements. Drop a Berocca tablet into a glass of water and you'll get somewhere around a gazillion percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. It's not organic. It's not natural. Then again, neither were those 12 shots of aquavit you did last night. I've found Berocca at Boots (including the outlet in Terminal 3 at Heathrow) and other High Street druggists in the United Kingdom and similarly enlightened corners of the Commonwealth.
A Boost for Your Laptop
Powerlift laptop stand; $15; www.punktch.net/design/powerlift.html
JASON FIELDS User experience lead, Idealab I had been searching for a well-crafted laptop stand to keep my PowerBook cool when I received a tip from a friend about the Powerlift, created by a small Swiss design shop that uses the label ".ch_design" on its products. The Powerlift is a simple, minimal solution to overheating portables. It's hinged in the middle, making it ultracompact when closed; when it's open, the rubber pads on its ends provide ample clearance between your computer and the table surface. Best of all, the Powerlift is cheap, meaning that I can buy several and never worry about losing one while traveling. The company also makes other interesting products, including a wall folio, an iPod case, and a thick felt laptop sleeve that I can't wait to get my hands on.