Birdwell Beach Britches
You may think surf trunks are so ubiquitous that they have always been in existence, but Birdwells started the rage - and believe you me, it was a rage - in 1961. These nylon boardies were so coveted that guys would buy armloads while on vacay in so cal and bring them back to their inland pals. Remember, there was no online shopping back in the day. I think these are supersexy if worn with the right attitude. But here's an important style note: they're short. Not short-short short, but way above the knee.
Often copied, never bested-- Birdwell Beach Britches are a one-of-a-kind find in a world gone commodity. Their tagline? 'Quality is our gimmick.' Meaning, of course, they don't have a gimmick. Just well-made stuff. These board shorts are made of quick-drying, extremely durable but comfortable nylon, and sewn in Southern California just as they have been for nearly 50 years. They seem to last just about forever. Many of the standard board shorts one sees today were originally patterned on Birdwell's. If you're looking for a liner, don't look here-- say hello to freedom as far as interior appointments are concerned. I've been wearing these since I was a kid and am currently rotating three pairs, all custom-ordered in my choices of color/cut/material. Birdwell Beach Britches is a small, family-owned, very low-tech company, so dealing with them takes a human touch and some patience sometimes. But it is well worth it!