Un­char­tered Waters

There’s an ex­cel­lent new men’s swimwear brand of­fer­ing tai­lored-style shorts all the way from Punta del Este, but they’re our beau­ti­ful lit­tle se­cret, so let’s keep it be­tween us.

Bespoke - - HIS SWIMWEAR -

Given that Ville­bre­quin traces its roots back to 1970s Saint Tropez, it’s pretty fit­ting that Uruguay’s Punta del Este, of­ten called the Saint Tropez of Latin Amer­ica, now has its own lux­ury swimwear la­bel – Marané. And from a sin­gle pop-up flag­ship store, lo­cated in the old fish­ing vil­lage of Manan­tiales, this bur­geon­ing brand is al­ready sell­ing to dis­cern­ing cus­tomers the world over, through stockists in Buenos Aires, Mi­ami and Zürich, as well as its ownon­line shop. Founded in Jan­uary 2016 by life­long friends Chris­tine Ser­hal and Alessan­dro Aquilina (both of whom are of Le­banese an­ces­try), the duo spent an im­pres­sive amount of time – two years – just in re­search and de­vel­op­ment, per­fect­ing the el­e­gance and re­fine­ment of their prod­uct. Now avail­able in a sin­gle length, Marané’s beau­ti­fully tai­lored trunks are crafted in Por­tu­gal from delectably soft and fast-dry­ing ma­te­ri­als, and fea­ture bonded seams and a waist that com­bines a flat front and back (for a more con­tem­po­rary and stylish look) with elas­ti­cated sides (for a com­fort­able yet tighter fit). In ad­di­tion to six solid colours, there are also three graphic prints, made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lo­cal artist tasked with cap­tur­ing the al­lure of Uruguayan sun­sets. Now that’s what we call so­phis­ti­cated swimwear. Prices range from 185 to 215 USD.

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