Orlebar Brown x Paris Reviewn
London-based swimwear brand Orlebar Brown are no strangers to collaboration. Having previously worked with Alan Aldridge (responsible for some of the iconic illustration works used by the Beatles) and Monocle magazine to create highly sought after, limited edition capsule collections, the label has made lucrative use out of merging its own ethos with that of other significant brands and figures.
This year they have embarked on a new collection in association with The Paris Review. Founded in Paris in 1953, The Paris Review was among the first publications to recognise the work of Jack Kerouac – publishing his short story, Mexican Girl, in 1955 – and has since given recognition to many other now famous writers over the decades.
With an emphasis on fostering raw creativity and an interest in the life stories and influences of the authors whose work it features, including Vladimir Nabokov and Ian McEwan, the credence The Paris Review gives to creative pursuits lends itself well to a design collection.
Orlebar Brown has taken some of the most iconic cover art from the magazine and used it as print inspiration to create a collection of swimming trunks in their signature ‘Bulldog’ design. Illustrations include classic archive prints such as a beach scene from the 1980 summer issue by Kim MacConnel; an orange floral print by Donald Sultan; and a minimalistic figure drawing by Leanne Shapton from a more recent 2011 cover.
If you want to showcase your intellect on the beach this summer, the trunks currently retail at $365 at Barneys, and will be available from July on orlebarbrown.com, priced at £225 a pair.