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Piss & Vinegar men’s underwear is going to be huge judging by the design and production quality of the I love Jesus Low Rise Brief, which I have the pleasure of reviewing today.
In fact, over the next few days I’ll be devoting the space here on Guys’ Underwear Blog to posts on this rising star within men’s underwear brands.
So keep coming back if you’re looking for a review of the Piss & Vinegar I Love Girls boxer brief as well as my top 3 Piss & Vinegar brief designs.
Anyway, if you wanna skip to the review of the I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief, scroll down.
Piss & Vinegar – The “It” underwear brand this spring
Ever since my short introduction to Piss & Vinegar, I have really been looking forward to do a detailed review of the Piss and Vinegar men’s underwear collection.
As you may know, Piss & Vinegar was created by Jason Sutherland who used to be the creative force behind Ginch Gonch. In my opinion, Jason has really stepped up his game with Piss & Vinegar, which now ranks among the best print design men’s underwear brands out there.
I read somewhere that with the Piss & Vinegar brand, Jason has embraced a more masculine and grown up design style. I think that’s very well put.
At the moment he’s got most established brands, like Ginch Gonch, as well other newcomers, like Todd & Terry, beat when it comes to high end, innovative print designs.
Piss & Vinegar I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief – If your’re looking for quality
I know, I know – it’s starting to sound like I’m on P&V’s payroll (I’m not), but with so many wonderful new men’s underwear brands coming out these years, I really want to take the time highlight those that do a great job.
Piss & Vinegar is one such brand, and when you read the review and eventually wear these briefs, you’ll understand why.
The I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief isn’t actually very low rise compared to other briefs that claim this label. It rides comfortably around your waist, just above the hip line.
Another reason that it doesn’t feel too low rise’ish is the fact that the sides of the brief have proper length (about 6 inches), making these briefs an ideal choice both for men who favor a classic brief cut (as apposed to the bikini cut), as well as for men who don’t want their underwear to rise all the way to the navel area.
The Piss & Vinegar I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief comes with a traditional fly pouch design. It’s been a while since I’ve worn underwear with a real working fly, and I must say I like the mature and masculine feeling this details adds to a pair of men’s underwear. In fact, I don’t think you can get a pair of P&Vs that has no fly besides maybe their jockstrap cut.
In terms of pouch size the space is generous, allowing for a perfect combination of support and freedom of movement. No lift effect or extra “leg room” in these babies, which makes the I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief perfect for everyday use.
The fact these briefs aren’t as skimpy as you will experience it with other low rise styles also means that your entire backside is nicely covered in the insanely comfortable cotton fabric (which I will return to later).
The leg openings follow the contours of your buttocks perfectly, and I didn’t experience any butt crack incidents while wearing these briefs.
The best thing about the backside design of the I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief, however, is the “Jesus ♥ me” graphics. I really like the fact that there is a separate, yet visually related, print design for the front and back of the briefs.
I truly think that Piss and Vinegar’s waistband designs are among the most elegant and tasteful out there. About 1,25 inches wide, the waistband is in a clean white color with two thin blue stripes at the bottom for emphasis and contrast.
As I’ve said before, I can’t help but love the logo design. Though the phrase “Piss and Vinegar” is actually an age old saying (meaning something like full of youthful energy) it’s still somewhat controversial and this is nicely understated in the logo font choice.
Also, the fact that the logo it self is in a raised rubber print gives the waistband that extra touch of class.
The microfiber elastic waistband has just the right amount of stretch so that the I love Jesus low rise briefs won’t feel too loose nor too tight. If you get the right size, you will not experience the dreaded “muffin top effect” that other low rise styles sometimes cause.
The waistband has a product information patch stitched on the inside rear of the briefs. However, the stitching is done so that you won’t notice it at all.
All items from the Piss & Vinegar collection, including the I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief, is made from a breathable, body-conforming stretch fabric (94% Su Pima cotton/6% Lycra/Spandex).
For the past three days I’ve worn a new pair of P&Vs every day, and I gotta give it up for this particular cotton blend. It’s amazingly comfortable to wear and feels incredibly soft against the skin.
If washed properly (cold wash), your Piss & Vinegar underwear (colors and fit) should hold up nicely.
Color and print design
The I Love Jesus brief comes in a white base color with a blue/red/orange/yellow print design. The print design features iconic-like images of Jesus and a bleeding heart. It’s controversial, daring and different. Well done.
I wore a US size M for 32” waist. The microfiber waistband and quality cotton blend ensured a great fit. There should be no need for you to size either up or down.
The Piss & Vinegar I Love Jesus Low Rise Brief is a high-end product and normally a pair of men’s underwear like this could easily be in the $30+ price range.
Actually, the briefs are priced at $25,50 at Skiviez. This means that you get high-end product quality at the same price as most upper-midrange brands. Big plus!
Piss & Vinegar I Love Jesus Video
Piss & Vinegar has jumped on the video wagon and done short promotion video for the I Love Jesus collection. Next time, I hope to see more of the actual underwear :)
Ginch Gonch is getting on the wagon with bright colored men’s underwear as they release their new Fruit Juice collection for the Spring/Summer season 2010.
Ginch Gonch is no stranger to eye-popping colors and attention-grabbing designs. In the first months of 2010 they’ve been stealing headlines with their I love underwear collection.
The Ginch Gonch Fruit Juice men’s collection comes in 5 color combinations, and you can get both boxer briefs and regular briefs. There are some funky styles in there… My favorites are the Blue-Ball and Papaya Punch boxer briefs :)
Actually, one of the best features is the waistbands, which look stunning.
So praise is in place. But… some of the other color combinations don’t do as much for me.
Mixing bright colors is a tricky game, and some of the Fruit Juice color combinations come off somewhat boring, in my opinion. Take for instance the Melon Balls style…
I don’t know… there’s just something about the green/purple/pale yellow combination that doesn’t work. Maybe if the colors were even brighter?
Anyway, that’s just my view – let me know in the comments if you disagree.
That said, these days there really are no rules when it comes to men’s underwear fashion. Choose whatever style you like – just be conscious about your choice.
A pair of Ginch Gonch Fruit Juice boxer briefs will set you back $28 and briefs a little less, $26.
Get yours at the Ginch Gonch web shop.
Todd and Terry is the latest Australian offspring within men’s underwear fashion. I came across a post by UndieFan introducing the new underwear brand, and I was immediately intrigued by Todd and Terry’s print designs.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to see some examples of Todd and Terry’s very extensive men’s underwear collection, which includes briefs, trunks, boxer briefs, and boxer shorts ranging in price between $25 and $30.
I have to say, though, that the first thing I noticed about the Todd and Terry designs was the striking resemblance with American-based and current king of print design men’s underwear, Piss & Vinegar, as well as fellow print design powerhouse, Ginch Gonch (originally founded by Jason Sutherland, who then went on to create Piss & Vinegar).
If you like these brands, chances are you’ll also fall for Todd and Terry.
The Todd and Terry print designs DOES differ from those by Piss & Vinegar and Ginch Gonch in that they are lighter and simpler where especially the Piss & Vinegar prints are more detailed and sophisticated.
Also, Todd and Terry focus less on known motifs like recognizable objects or things, where both Piss & Vinegar and Ginch use well-known symbols, imagery, and visual metaphors in their designs.
Still, resemblance is evident. Take a look at the Todd and Terry waistband logo, for instance, where the font looks incredibly similar to Piss & Vinegar’s. Both brands also make use of two thin stripes to add emphasis and contrast to the waistband.
Well, you know what they say: Imitation (intended or unintended) is the highest form of flattery, and there should be no doubt that Todd and Terry underwear for men looks great. And here at Guys’ Underwear Blog I always celebrate the arrival of new and interesting men’s underwear brands.
So, welcome Todd & Terry, and all the best of luck to you :)
Piss and Vindegar and Ginch Gonch go head to head and both release an “I Love” men’s underwear collection. Awkward or clever? Intended or unintended?
UPDATE Feb. 28: Both the companies have replied to this post. Scrool down and see for yourself in the comments section.
Who cares, as long as they both got hot underwear ads, right? Ha!
Anyway, in this blog post I will take a look at the two underwear collections and determine which is the most “lovely”.
So, this is interesting. I stumbled upon a post by UndieFan about Piss and Vinegars new “I Love” collection. I was somewhat surprised as just a couple of days before Men’s Underwear Blog ran a post introducing the new collection by Ginch Gonch called…you guessed it…”I Love”.
What’s up with that? And the plot thickens once you consider that the founder of Ginch Gonch is the one who created Piss & Vinegar, where he is currently employed (his name is Jason Sutherland). Piss and Vinegar’s collection was released first (which they firmly underline in a comment to this post), and I checked – it’s true – Piss and Vinegar announced their collection long before (1st of November 2009, according to their comment below) Ginch Gonch made their I Love collection public.
Quite the drama in the world of men’s underwear :)
Anyway, this situation begs the question – which of the two underwear collections is the best? I know both brands in terms of quality and fit, but I haven’t tried these specific cuts on yet. I am still waiting for Piss & Vinegar and Ginch Gonch to send me some complementary samples (like that’s gonna happen…), so this review will be based on the video and image material I could find on the net.
As Piss & Vinegar came out with their collection first, I’ll start with them.
Piss and Vinegar “I Love” underwear for men
Piss & Vinegar comes out strong with 3 different print designs in the I Love series. Piss and Vinegar (as well as Ginch Gonch) does excellent print design (duh, they were designed by the same guy), and men looking for stylish underwear can choose to “love” either Jesus, Buddha, or Boys.
For the sake of of simplicity (and because I like them better) I will stick to the men’s low-rise briefs style in this review, even though the collection comes complete with styles including regular briefs, jockstraps, and boxer briefs.
I really like the design of the I Love underwear collection by Piss and Vinegar. The graphic design is calm, yet interesting, and the color choices are bold without being all over the place and thus provide nice contrasts.
Finally, the waistband isn’t over-sized but complement the design perfectly, and I can’t help but love (pun intended) the logo design. Though the phrase “Piss and Vinegar” is actually an age old saying (meaning something like full of youthful energy) it’s still somewhat controversial and this is nicely understated in the logo font choice. Brilliant!
Piss & Vinegar underwear is usually top quality and a great fit for everyday use, but the brand is upscale, no doubt. A pair of men’s briefs like the ones on the pictures above will set you back about $25,50. The Fabric of this collection is a blend consisting of 96% Pima Cotton, 4% Lycra-Spandex.
P&V actually did two raunchy video ads for this new collection, and you can see them at the bottom of the post. They are not really my cup of tea, mostly because they don’t show off the underwear…
Ginch Gonch “I Love” underwear for men
UndiesDrawer described Ginch Gonch’s I LOVE collection as incorporating various design styles such as neo pop art, gritty 1970s punk rock, 1950s commercial art, and Japanese-inspired cartoons – generally the collection is supposed to be a celebration of the things that make us happy.
Ginch Gonch goes all in with this collection offering 6 different print designs based on the following topics, Burgers, Bacon, Boys (where have we seen this before…), Girls, London, and Tokyo. Certainly, men into underwear will have plenty to choose from, and the mere fact that so many designs are offered must be praised.
As was the case with Piss and Vinegar, Ginch Gonch usually is proper quality and a great fit. So really, I can look only to differences in design and price here.
The sheer variety of the Ginch Gonch collection is a plus, but I just don’t think the print designs are as interesting to look at as with Piss and Vinegar. The color choices and graphic contrast are too understated and, well, a little boring.
One exception might be the I Love London style which actually manages to catch my eye with the use of British-inspired tartan-like print.
Also, I think the waistband seems a bit to wide for this collection, which make the Ginch Gonch low-rise briefs look almost like regular briefs.
The Ginch Gonch I Love collection introduces the boxer short style as a new addition to the traditional lineup consisting of briefs, low-rise briefs, and boxer briefs.
The fabric type is almost identical to that of Piss and Vinegar, a 95% cotton and 5% Lycra blend.
Piss and Vinegar vs. Ginch Gonch – Love underwear for men – the verdict!
Now, had Ginch Gonch been priced noticeably lower than Piss and Vinegar, the “Love” race could have been an overall tie, but when a pair of low-rise Ginch Gonch briefs clocks in at around $29, then the scale has to tip in favor of Piss and Vinegar.
Put shortly, the styles by P&V are more stylish and cheaper. And we mustn’t forget that Piss and Vinegar went to the trouble of doing some nice, though a little boring, ad videos.
Tell me what you think in the comments! Do you disagree?
Piss and Vinegar “I Love” videos
By the way, check out LazzyBum, Jason Sutherland’s (P&V creator) latest underwear adventure!
Ginch Gonch wants in on all the nation and city underwear branding! I am not sure why this fascinates me, but it seems like every men’s underwear brand these days is introducing a line of country or city-specific briefs, trunks, boxers and so on proudly wearing your nation’s flag.
Aussiebum‘s probably the champion of the flag underwear category with briefs and hipster trunks embellished with the national colors of an endless number of countries.
Danish underwear brand, JBS, too, hasn’t shied away from shamelessly decorating their boxer briefs in Danish flags as a gimmick in connection with the 2010 football (soccer) world cup.
Even Calvin Klein has a range of national men’s underwear.
Ginch Gonch underwear for men who loves London
Men’s Underwear Blog directed my attention to the new 2010 I Love collection by Ginch Gonch. With the national colors of Great Britain splashed across the pouch area, the next styles are called I Love London and feature London iconography, like Ben Ben, printed all over.
In this promotional pic the I Love London Sport Brief is featured:
The Ginch Gonch I Love collection will be available with styles including briefs, boxer briefs, and even boxer shorts, which is a new addition to Ginch Gonch’s usual style range.
One funny thing about the promotion pic… Suspenders… They are making a comback in 2010, no doubt.