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This Swim Line Features Iconic Images of Men Lounging in the French Riviera

This Swim Line Features Iconic Images of Men Lounging in the French Riviera

The Truly Indulgent Swim Trunk

Orlebar Brown pays tribute to Slim Aarons’s iconic photos of the sweet life.

Pictures celebrating la dolce vita never lose their luster. For proof, look no further than Orlebar Brown's latest collection of swim trunks, which features the work of one of the most renowned lensmen of the glitzy postwar era.

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Slim Aarons started his career as a military photographer, but after WWII made his name snapping socialites, jetsetters, and movie stars. His most famous shot, Kings of Hollywood, shows Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart sipping drinks in tuxedos at a bar on New Year's Eve in 1957. "There's a timeless feel to Slim's photos," says Orlebar Brown founder Adam Brown. "They're as relevant now as they were when they were taken so many years ago."

The scenes depicted on the label's new swimwear line--like those of guests sunbathing at a chic hotel in the French Riviera--are perfect for the hopeless nostalgic, the bon vivant, or any guy looking for something beyond the usual solid and floral offerings. They come printed on OB's popular tailored trunk, which seamlessly blends a classic fit with modern versatility. Its adjustable waist is inspired by traditional trouser construction (another nod to Old Hollywood), but its quick-drying fabric looks as cool at a cocktail party as it does at the beach.

"These trunks are a fun way to express yourself a bit differently than you would at home," says Brown. Whether you choose to rock them in France, in Italy, or at a poolside shindig in your hood, you'll be giving off the sort of confident, carefree vibe that will always be in style.

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