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From machinery to mineral fuel and electronics to automobiles, German engineering is in high demand around the world. While not the largest export in volume, one of Germany’s best, however, is its underwear. I recently tried styles from two brands influenced by German engineering, Manstore and Olaf Benz, both of which are sold on deadgoodundies.com. (Although I’ve seen some pieces from Olaf Benz on American websites, Deadgoodundies carries a much broader selection.) True – there are plenty of briefs from the United States and other countries, made of distinct fabrics and featuring distinct styling, there is something about the German engineering in these briefs that set them apart.
This will be a two-part review starting with the MANstore Retro brief. We will post the Olaf Benz review same time next week. So check back in next Thursday to get our thoughts on this brief as well.
Although the brand name, Manstore, makes me think of a website where I have to confirm that I’m over 18 before I enter, it is actually a well established underwear line. Their offerings, however, are definitely adult rated. I tried one of its tamer styles, the Manstore Retro Brief. The brief features retro styling with contrast piping around the waistband and seams, but the low-rise cut is particularly modern. The brief also features full coverage in the back. The combination of the retro and the modern is very flattering. I wish, however, that the pouch were a little more contoured and comfortable.
The brief is made of a 92% polyester/8% elastane blend that felt a little more rubbery than I would have preferred; although the brief is very light and thin and featured sort of a cool sheen, it didn’t feel completely soft against my skin for some reason. Also, the color – brown with tan contrast – wasn’t my favorite. That said, I liked that there was no pretense behind the synthetic fabric other than the sexy look and feel.
|Style and look?||Low cut brief featuring unique retro styling and a distinct fabric.|
|Suitable for?||Relaxed environments; date nights; being seen.|
|Fit and quality?||Low-cut with a comfortable pouch; good quality polyester/elastane blend|
|Is the price right?||Approximately $41.77 which seems a little high.|
|Best thing about it?||The retro styling updated with a modern cut and fabric.|
|Buy it here||www.deadgoodundies.com|
I’ve been a briefs guy for as long as I can remember, so I was a little skeptical about trying the Croota hipster boxer brief. These distinctive boxer briefs, however, merit an exception to my policy. Croota, an Australian line, produces a substantial number of choices, all of which feature bold styling and branding. I tried the Neon 90s Hipster. The one detail that made it really stand out to me is the texturing on the back of the underwear.
The boxer brief is made of very smooth fabric, but there are three textured lines on the back, running from the butt to the thighs, which I just felt compelled to touch. I am sure that if someone else were wearing this boxer brief, I’d feel compelled to run my hands over the smooth fabric and textured lines, too. Simply put, this boxer brief is meant to be touched.
The Neo 90s boxer brief is made of a smooth 50% viscose, 45% polyester, 5% elastane blend. The styling is bold with a big CROOTA logo on the thick, yellow waistband. (The light gray version of the boxer brief features a light blue waistband.) In addition to the textured lines, there is a graphic and some text on the back, which is also textured, which I thought was gratuitous.
The front pouch is contoured and comfortable. Personally, I prefer an understated look – especially with respect to the waistband – but for the most part, the boxer brief isn’t so bold that I feel awkward wearing it. I think that the biggest testament to the boxer brief is that I washed it at the end of the day so I could wear it again.
|Style and look?||Low cut boxer brief featuring bold styling and texture details.|
|Suitable for?||The boxer brief would be comfortable in most environments – but it is definitely a good choice for a date night.|
|Fit and quality?||Low-cut with a comfortable pouch; good quality viscose/polyester/elastane blend|
|Is the price right?||$22.90 which seems reasonable given the fabric and styling.|
|Best thing about it?||These feel great to touch.|
|Buy it here||www.croota.com|
Are men’s underwear companies the new tech startups? It appears that way given that we seem to discover a new line of fashionable men’s underwear every few weeks. Hopefully, we not heading toward some sort of underwear bubble.
Ken Wroy, based out of New York City, is one of the newest brands to set up shop. The premise is pretty simple: four basic cuts – a brief, boxer-brief, trunk, and another square cut described as “low-rise” – made of a cotton/elastane blend, enlivened with unique patterns. The underwear itself is made in Colombia. The shape and fit are familiar and fairly conservative. The pattern I chose was a little gaudy, but not so much that it would stop me from wearing them in a particular environment.
From what I learned on their website, the people behind Ken Wroy were on a “quest… to break the monotony of boring men’s underwear and make men ‘fashionable all the way.’” Given the broad range of styles, shapes, patterns, fabrics and looks already out there in the marketplace, Ken Wroy’s quest is a mighty one, indeed! However, if you are a guy who is used to basic white or black briefs and is interested in trying something new, then adding a bold pattern from Ken Wroy is a safe place to start.
|Style and look?||Traditionally-cut briefs with distinctive patterns.|
|Suitable for?||Any environment — going out, staying in, at work, at the gym, a hot date.|
|Fit and quality?||Fairly full cut; blend of 94% cotton/6% elastane.|
|Is the price right?||$24 seems a little high, but it’s pretty consistent with market value for stylish men’s underwear.|
|Best thing about it?||The wide variety of patterns.|
|Buy it here||www.kenwroy.com|
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