Archive for the ‘Trunks’ Category
Hello my Gubbers! It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, and what better way to return than with Jake Joseph. You know how I feel about my JJ undies, I nominated them for brief of the year in 2012.
Very little has changed with Jake Josephs since they first came out. Do you know why? Because there is no need for change! That has always been what I have loved about Jake Joseph; they have a classic chic style with unbelievable comfort. They are not loud, in your face nor do they try too hard to make a statement. They are timeless and always look and feel good.
These underwear are designed after the suave sophisticated mad men era of the 60’s with a modern sexiness, they are not trying to keep up with ever changing fads. I personally have about 10 pair and they are as awesome now as they were the day I first put them on.
Enough with the praise, you get the point, I love Jake Joseph underwear. Recently, however, Jake has made a modification. In addition to the classic Jake Joseph, they have created the Jake Joseph Adhesion. I’m not sure I’m the biggest fan of the name but it’s very descriptive of the product.
The Adhesion has thin red elastic/rubber line around each leg to hold the underwear in place. It keeps them from riding up. This makes it a great option for men with active lifestyles. Other than that they are the same great underwear with that same smooth lasting style.
Like all Jake Josephs they are made with the incredible combination of 95% bamboo viscose and %5 spandex, a material perfect for underwear. After wearing this material all other fabric seems unqualified.
Honestly I wasn’t sure I’d like this new addition to the underwear. In the past I have worn underwear with leg gripping rubber and it has seemed uncomfortable. And personally I have never had a problem of underwear riding up my leg, yet I hear some men do.
However I was pleasantly surprised. Jake Joseph has kept this elastic grip pretty thin so you don’t feel it hugging your leg and cutting off circulation like some bike shorts I have do. Really after the initial sensation of the rubber holding my skin I didn’t notice it at all through daily wear. They were just as comfortable as ever other Jake Joseph I own.
So good work Jake on another magnificent pair of underwear! I liked them so much I put them in my 2015 Underwear Calendar, pictured below on my February model.
Thank you Jake for the amazing undies, although my favorite is still the classic brief by Jake Joseph, and all you GUB fans really need to have at least one Jake Joseph in your collection!
|Style and look?||Sophisticated, classy, ageless, martini and a tux. They are what James Bond would wear!|
|Suitable for?||Everyday comfort, lounging at home, showing off for that special someone.|
|Fit and quality?||Very standard sizing. The quality is about as high as you will see in mens underwear.|
|Is the price right?||$30.50 for the trunk, and $31.50 for the boxer. A little high, but worth it for the quality.|
|Best thing about it?||They will last a long time and will NEVER go out of style.|
|Buy it here||www.jakejosephco.com|
One of the most challenging things about buying underwear is choosing the right size. For me, a 2xist or CK small fits just right, but if I wear something a little more adventurous, like Delio Dietz or Gregg Homme, I’ll choose a medium. When I am not familiar with a brand, however, picking a size can be a crapshoot — especially if I cannot return!
One of the newer brands to hit the market, Envy Mens Wear seeks to resolve that dilemma by collapsing five size choices (XS, S, M, L, XL) into three (S/M, M/L, L/XL). It’s a clever idea. In theory, the S/M would fit like a medium that tends to run a little small; the M/L would fit like a medium that tends to run a little large; and so forth. For guys like me who are often on the fence about sizing, the Envy size model removes the guesswork.
It’s a clever concept, but does it work in practice? I tried three styles, which I review below, to find out. The answer is yes and no. It works in the sense that I had no trouble picking a size — I did not have to think about whether to choose a small or a medium; I just picked the Envy small/medium. In practice, however, none of the three styles fit as I expected them to. S/M didn’t feel like a smallish medium. If felt like a medium, if not a larger medium.
One more thing about Envy Mens Wear: the company is a bit of an enigma. Its website, envymenswear.com, features an extensive catalog of almost 70 styles – ranging from understated to gaudy (check out the red sequin thong!) – but tells us nothing about the company. Further, the website does not provide basic information about (a) price or (b) the fabrications of its many styles. Instead, I relied on the packaging to learn about the company. It appears that the underwear is made in China and is imported by a company headquartered in the Miami Design District called The Next Adventure LLC. The company shares an address with a women’s lingerie boutique called Baci, and you can purchase Envy underwear on Baci’s website, which is how I learned the prices mentioned in my reviews. You can also purchase Envy underwear fro a number of Australian websites.
The styles under review
In terms of the three styles, I tried the Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock; the Black and White Microfiber Trunk; and the Logo Sport Trunk.
The Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock is made of a comfortable 95% cotton/5% spandex blend and features the brand name, ENVY, printed on the waistband. Of the three styles, the size problem was the most notable here. This jock felt like a medium or even a large. Is there anything particularly distinctive or exciting about them? Not really. The black straps provide a nice contrast to the white pouch and waistband; overall, however, it looked and felt like any “fashion jockstrap” that you can buy most places.
Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock
|Style and look?||Fashion jockstrap.|
|Suitable for?||Most environments where you might feel comfortable wearing a jockstrap – working out, hot date, underwear party, brunch.|
|Fit and quality?||The small/medium skewed toward the medium/large; the cotton/spandex blend was soft and comfortable.|
|Is the price right?||$24.99 is pretty consistent with the prices charged by competitors for similar styles.|
|Best thing about it?||The black straps give this otherwise non-descript fashion jockstrap a distinct look.|
|Buy it here||www.lingerieinc.com.au
Black and White Microfiber Trunk
The Black and White Microfiber Trunk was definitely the most notable selection. It features a unique 95% nylon/5% spandex blend that had a distinct pattern – almost Zebra-like – and a texture that was new to me. The S/M distinction was less pronounced here, likely due to the stretch of the microfiber material. The cut was a little different from what I am used to wearing, as well. The trunks sat low on my hips and sort of dipped in the back, which gave them a unique look. Although I didn’t particularly respond to the Black and White Microfiber Trunk, I give Envy credit for bringing something new to the table with this style.
|Style and look?||Low-rise trunk featuring a distinct black and white pattern.|
|Suitable for?||Any environment – the office, hanging out, dinner, the gym.|
|Fit and quality?||Comfortable fit with a unique dip in the back.|
|Is the price right?||$22.99 seems reasonable given the material and styling|
|Best thing about it?||The unique texture of the fabric.|
|Buy it here||www.lingerieinc.com.au
The Logo Sport Trunk
The Logo Sport Trunk features a “cute,” sporty look, which is well suited for a gay cruise. It is made of a 90% polyester/10% spandex blend that felt a bit like swimwear, and features branding that is supposed to resemble the logo of a sports team. I tried the blue trunks, which featured a Team ENVY shield printed in silver on the right thigh. (Each color features a different logo.) With respect to the fit, I thought that the Logo Sport Trunk was fairly comfortable. The trunk sat low on my hips and the front pouch gave me a little lift.
|Style and look?||Athletic-inspired trunks.|
|Suitable for?||You can wear these anywhere.|
|Fit and quality?||Low-rise trunk with a lift in the pouch.|
|Is the price right?||$22.99 is around the same price as similar athletic-inspired trunks.|
|Best thing about it?||The youthful spirit of the design.|
|Buy it here||www.lingerieinc.com.au
It’s FU time again! This time with bit of of a funny story.
These pics were shot in San Diego, CA. The photographer, Armando Adajar, initially found out about the brand when he saw a young guy wearing a pair of FU e=fu8 Underwear, underneath his shorts; shirtless, hanging out with a few of his friends on the beach.
He was enchanted, intrigued by the name/logo FU e=fu8 on the waistband and finally contacted the brand. Much to his surprise, the brand was based out of NYC. He initially thought it was a new European label!
The first model on white with blue trim underwear is Justin D in a FU Triathlon Trunk. The second model in red underwear is Gil Montano in the Pleasure X8 Cut.
Are you guys following the World Cup!? It’s packed with
underwear models such as Christiano Ronaldo, Messi, and many more.
During the 2014 World Cup Garçon Model are partnering with Brazilian NGO Grupo Ruas e Praças to raise money for the street kids of World Cup host city Recife, North-East Brazil.
All profits from their great-looking Brazil trunks will be donated to Grupo Ruas e Praças to help support hundreds of Recife’s homeless children living on the streets and exposed to drugs, gangs, prostitution and violence.
Click here to watch a short film by Klaus Thymann capturing the courage, talent and dreams of some of the children your money will go to help.
This is the trunk – sexy, no??
Croota underwear has just released two final underwear ranges for the first half of 2014 before it gets ready to release its brand new line of t-shirts. The “Oasis” and “Great Sandy Desert” ranges bring a new cut to men’s trunks! Light and form-fitting, these ‘second skin’ ranges of underwear are made from 95% polyester and 5% elastane.
“Great Sandy Desert” was inspired by the Australian Outback’s great desert landscape. The range features a unique feel and two very distinctive gradient colors called Day Time (Red) and Night Time (Blue). The material is so light it’s as if you’re naked!
The “Oasis” range was inspired by the cool and refreshing feel of an oasis in the middle of the hot, dry Australian desert. This range combines the Croota logo with tribal designs that come in two color variations: Salmon Pink and Bijou Blue.
Both ranges of underwear offer a stretchable fit and are available in two size options (S-M and L-XL). They retail for $22.90 – $22.95.
For more information about Croota, or to make a purchase online, please visit www.croota.com.
Enjoy the pics.
We would like to introduce you guys to a new skilled underwear photographer that we will be following in the future.
His name is Armando Adajar and he is a professional photographer based in San Diego, California. He has completed a specialized program in visual arts, digital photography and also studied fashion photography at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
His photography focuses on men’s fitness, men’s underwear, and men’s swimwear. Just recently, he teamed up with 15 local and international brands of underwear/swimwear which his models used during the shoot.
And we have pics from that shoot for you below!
Canada in the house!
We’re pleased to introduce the Spring/Summer 2014 collection by the Canadian men’s underwear brand Garçon Model with a teaser video clip and campaign images starring American underwear model Tyler Kenyon.
The all new Miami Collection takes inspiration from the bright lights of Ocean Drive and Art Deco pastels of South Beach to the energy of Downtown Miami.
The unashamedly vibrant range of iron-free microfiber briefs, trunks and boxers are offered in 14 new colors.
Tyler Kenyon is photographed on South Beach wearing key styles from the new collection including the classic black Brickell trunk and white Collins brief.
Adding a flash of colour for the summer Tyler also introduces the pink Mansion brief, blue & pink Ocean boxer and the Watson brief – perfect for summer festivals!
Prices range from $28 for briefs to $32 for boxers. To view the full collection, head over to www.garconmodel.com