Best bathing-suit shops
Tue Sep 8 2009
With a standard retro color scheme, this ’80s-inspired shop is the perfect place to get vintage-looking trunks. Show your patriotism with Franks’ red, white and blue striped suit ($75)—it doesn’t matter that it’s an Australian brand—or stay simple (and blend in with the sand) in a pair of tailored beige trunks with zipper pockets by English brand Orlebar Brown ($215). The company is also relaunching Maui and Sons, an iconic ’80s surf brand. Just grab your Ray-Bans and you’re good to go. 33 Howard St between Broadway and Crosby Sts (212-219-2688, openingceremony.us)
Show your bold side with Vilebrequin’s fun, wild prints. Introduced in 1971 in Saint-Tropez, the brand presents three different cuts: Moorea is the basic, Okoa features a longer length, and Master has a side slit for added mobility. Patterns include a wavy zebra print in pink or white and turquoise ($200 in Moorea, $220 in Okoa), and a bright, multicolored Hawaiian print ($240 in both Moorea and Okoa). They’re a bit pricey, but each suit comes with a complimentary water-resistant wallet to safely harbor any leftover dough. 1070 Madison Avenue at 81st St (212-650-0353, vilebrequin.com)
The go-to brand for surfers has gotten pretty high-tech. Try out select board shorts sporting the Diamond Dobby, a 3-D-patterned material that allows less than 30 percent of the suit to touch your skin for a comfortable, rashfree experience. Prices range from $45 to $59. Or check out the eco-friendly suit (around $54.50), made out of 100% recycled baja twill. Locations throughout the city; visit quicksilver.com for info.
J.Crew stores may be sold out of swimwear, but check out the selection still available online. Find solids and basic prints, like red slim-fit shorts with quick-drying nylon ($54.50), or trunks with a gray and light blue floral pattern and cargo pockets ($59.50). Make sure to pick up the $8 swimsuit cleaner to keep the suit lasting longer than one season. Locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com for info.
Parke and Ronen
Half of this brand’s designing duo (Ronen Jehezkel) is from Israel and studied in Italy, so you can expect this swimwear line to be heavily European-influenced. That means tight bikini shorts, like a low-rise white-and-blue-checkered brief ($80). For the more modest, the line also features a mix of longer board shorts made of stretch microfiber available in a variety of solids and prints ($80--$98). 176 Ninth Ave at 21st St (212-989-4245, parkeandronen.com)
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