New Old Stock Summer Swim Shorts | O’Connell’s
A while back James from 10engines pointed us all in the direction of great little men’s shop in Buffalo, NY. O’Connell’s was the first place I looked when I wanted a pair of PJ’s made in America, where I bought my first pair of Quoddy’s and, more recently, my go to for summer swimwear. When I stumbled on these beauty’s I was looking for something with a short inseam, a natural fiber, and a hint of the classic. What I wasn’t expecting was to find a garment made over 2 decades ago from Indian bleeding madras, having been kept safe (saved no less) by O’Connell’s in their Buffalo storeroom. Speaking to Ethan at O’Connell’s he revealed that most of the swim shorts they have listed were actually made 20 years ago by (if his memory serves) GIT. The whales and seersucker versions are more recent additions to the line, made within the last 5 years. The details on these look to be spectacular. A non-elastic waistband, solid brass waist buckle, and adjustable sliding side tabs are just a few of the beautiful touches thrown in. Being new old stock, there are very limited quantities and sizes left for the picking. If your anywhere between a 31 and a 33 you will have your pick. Size 34 is slim pickins…anything over that and your pretty much out of luck. I know one plaid friend who will be sporting the red white and blue trunks this Forth of July…he just called today and ordered a pair.
As an aside, Ethan pointed out that he has a substantial collection of Authentic 100% cotton flat front Indian Madras trousers (bleeding, hand loomed, and vegetable dyed). So while your calling in to order the trunks, throw in a pair of GTH pants for the summer. That’s just what I did.