Designer spotlight: Swimwear

Make a splash in the stylish swimwear from these four local labels.

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  • Calder cotton-and-nylon trunks in red, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

  • Alek microfiber board shorts in navy, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

  • Calder cotton-and-nylon trunks in khaki, $130, at Steven Alan

    Calder cotton-and-nylon trunks in khaki, $130, at Steven Alan

  • Amaury cotton-and-nylon board shorts in green, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

  • Calder floral-print trunks in gray, $140, at Generra

    Calder floral-print trunks in gray, $140, at Generra

  • Amaury cotton-and-nylon board shorts in gray, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

  • Alek cotton-and-nylon board shorts in red, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Designer Carl Cunow

    Designer Carl Cunow

Calder cotton-and-nylon trunks in red, $91 (normally $130), at onia.com

Carl Cunow of Onia (onia.com)

Who he is: In order to put himself through school at Baruch College, Cunow began interning, then became a production coordinator, at Steven Alan. Flash forward five years, several promotions and a real-world crash course in fabric sourcing, and Cunow has set out on his own (leaving an unfinished finance degree in his wake). In 2009, Cunow launched his men's swimwear collection, Onia, borne out of his impossible hunt for the perfect pair of trunks—ones that united the casualness of board shorts with high design.

About the line: The name Onia, which means "boat" in Hebrew, came to Cunow while he was wearing his very first prototypes in Tel Aviv. The leisurely lifestyle of boating is certainly pervasive in the solid-color, laid-back staples he creates, which come in just three basic styles: Calder snap trunks ($130--$140), looser-fitting Alek drawstring lace-ups ($130) and the tapered Amaury board short ($130). But Cunow confesses he's a stickler about detail, creating a custom "Onia blend" out of cotton and nylon. "A lot of brands use microfibers or all polyester, which has an uncomfortable, synthetic feeling," he explains. "I wanted something you can move in that won't stick to your legs and can go to a beachside bar afterwards." Apparently, so does every guy around, since Onia has grown from a tiny Tribeca studio to a 3,000-square-foot showroom in the Garment District.

Buy it here: Steven Alan (103 Franklin St between Church St and West Broadway; 212-343-0692, stevenalan.com) and Generra (823 Washington St between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts, 212-457-2499). Or use code "TIMEOUTNY" when shopping on onia.com to receive 30 percent off all purchases through June 15.

 

Thomasine Dolan of Thom Dolan | Jason Laurits of Paste | Emilie Bon of Lilibon | Carl Cunow of Onia


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