Based in London, Orlebar Brown was founded by Adam Brown and launched in March 2007 as a tailored approach to men’s swim shorts. OB Classic Swim Shorts remain the original and best ‘short you can swim in’; offering something you can wear on the beach or by the pool, which is smart enough to wear to lunch or for a drink. Based on the pattern of a pair of traditional men’s suit trousers, Orlebar Brown’s swim shorts were developed to feature a four-part shaped waistband, zip fly closure and side fasteners to adjust for the perfect fit. The core swim shorts, known as Springer, Setter, Bulldog and Dane (after Brown’s love of dogs), still form the focus of the collections in new iterations each season. All OB Classic Swim Shorts are guaranteed for 5 years for quality you can truly believe in.
To celebrate its 5th Anniversary Orlebar Brown pioneered the use of photographic prints on its hero swim shorts and partnered with the world-famous Hulton Getty photography archive. Slim Aarons’ vintage photographs documenting the glamour and grandeur of the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s perfectly encapsulated the Orlebar Brown way of life – sunshine, travel, happiness and good times. In 2010, they started the journey off the beach and into the resort with a full range of holiday clothes you’ll want to wear every day, including polos, chinos and shirts.
From a lightening-bulb poolside moment to weekend wardrobe staple, Orlebar Brown has grown into a global brand with a rapidly expanding stable of international stores, an enviable list of stockists and a burgeoning expansion into ready-to-wear. As well as stores in Mayfair, Chelsea, South Kensington and Covent Garden, the flagship store in Notting Hill is a paean to all things Orlebar Brown, from the deconstructed Bulldog photograph showcasing the craftsmanship that goes into each pair to the high-gloss corrugated till shack, the holiday feeling that runs through the Orlebar Brown’s DNA is always on display. They also have nine international stores globally. Added to this, a new Design Your Own service enables you to create your very own pair of photographic swim shorts using their #SnapShorts app instore and online.
2017 has marked Orlebar Brown’s 10th Anniversary and herald a new chapter in the evolution of this British success story.
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