Orlebar Brown - The Only Pebble on the Beach
Orlebar Brown make trunks that are also shorts, and offer all-day style for a trip to the beach. They have a new shop and expanded range.
You know how it is. You've just been for a dip in the Med and you now want to hop over to the chiringuito for fresh sardines and a glass of gazpacho. What about those trunks dangling limp, twisted and sodden around your middle? They just won't do - you have your standards and you also want to be comfortable. So you stand shuffling underneath a towel as you swap trunks for shorts.
Orlebar Brown solved this dilemma by not following sports science-minded swimwear manufacturers, and their ever clingier designs, or the garish juvenility of 'surfer dude' fashion.
Instead, Orlebar Brown swim shorts are elegant and practical, made with quick-drying material in bright flat colours, they are cut in such a way that they look great on the beach or away from it. The Monocle 11 Bulldog shorts (above) are made in England - in collaboration with Tyler Brule's excellent magazine. The company is expanding and recently opened a shop in London, where you can purchase the range of shorts and also shirts, such as the Adam long-sleeve polo in pique cotton, below, to match. Although the Bulldog and Adam here don't really match. I just like the blues.
Inside the shop you can also enjoy the aesthetic of a 60s poolside utopia to get you in the mood for your hols. The interior is inspired by Slim Aarons' photographic depictions of beach-based high life. Actually, we'll need to cover Slim Aarons in more depth some time.
178 Westbourne Grove