Picture the scene: you’re lying on a padded sun lounger underneath the beating sunshine, your torso is glistening golden brown as the sun radiates around you. The melodic sounds of the water are lapping up against the beach and the ever enticing shimmering water is inviting you to float all your troubles away. However, there is something missing, something that could turn this scene from idyllic to shambolic – your swim shorts.
Swim shorts tend to be somewhat of an afterthought for most men – something that one tends to dig out from the depths of the wardrobe. They also tend to be either obscenely garish or just plain unfavourable… until now. Like many good brands, the ones that seem to be all around us without anyone noticing are the ones worth their weight in gold. Orlebar Brown is one such brand.
Orlebar Brown, or OB as it’s informally called, has recently celebrated its 5th Birthday and with it a role in the film Skyfall, as James Bond’s swim short of choice. So understated and quintessentially English are OB’s designs that you probably wouldn’t have realised just how developed the brand is. That is all about to change.
OB came about through the annoyance of having to change from a swim short to a casual short in order to accommodate the desires of the hoteliers across the globe. One couldn’t possibly be seen to be doing lengths in the same garms that one would be eating their lobster. Well now you can.
OB’s collection of swim shorts is so classic and so magnificently understated that you can seamlessly go from splash to panache in one fluid motion. The shorts are made from 100% quick drying polyamide fabric, which makes them an ideal choice to switch between land and sea. The signature engraved side adjusters remove the annoyance of having a cord or tie at the front of your shorts and the side angle pockets add the element of practicality and style that one should exude whilst on holiday.
If that wasn’t enough, the colours available are both vibrant and on trend. From Azure to Spring Green, through to light pink, you can be assured that whatever your personal style, there is a colour for you.
The OB collection, however, doesn’t just stop at swim shorts. The brand is now bravely expanding its offering to items such as t-shirts, polo shirts, denim shorts, trousers and more recently, suits. All items confidently display the classic and unassuming look and feel one can expect from an OB product. If it’s good enough for Bond, it is time to take note!