The Hunt: Swimwear


Getting a jump-start on summer with a round-up of the best American-made swimwear.

Lined Styles

XELOS: Classic Swim Trunks


Stats:

  • Fast-drying, sanded microfiber
  • Side-seam pockets
  • Double-needle stitching throughout
  • Handmade in California
  • Available in three lengths
  • Dozens of colors / patterns (over 1,000 possible color / length combinations)

Best Price: $55.98 (SHIPPED) at Boardshorts World

Company info here.

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O’Connell’s: Deadstock Swim Trunks


Stats:

  • 100% cotton
  • Brass waist buckle
  • Button and zipper closure
  • Adjustable brass side tabs
  • Front change pocket
  • Made in USA
  • 28 different colors / patterns, all new old stock

Best Price: $94.95 (SHIPPED) at O’Connell’s

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Onia: Calder Trunks


Stats:

  • Cotton – nylon blend
  • Button and zipper closure
  • Front trouser pockets
  • Back pocket with hidden snap
  • Made in USA NO LONGER MADE IN THE USA
  • Two additional fabrics options, 12 colors in total

Best Price: $140.00 (SHIPPED) at Onia

Company info here.

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Unlined Styles

Mangrove Monkey: Boardshorts


Stats:

  • Four Ply Nylon
  • Cotton drawstring
  • Velcro closure
  • Side patch pocket with water drain
  • Triple-needle stitching throughout
  • Made in USA
  • Four colors

Best Price: $47.90 (SHIPPED) at Mangrove Monkey

Company info here.

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Chub Wear: Surf Trunks


Stats:

  • Cotton – polyester blend
  • Cotton drawstring
  • Velcro closure
  • Choose your own colors – dozens of possible combinations
  • Handmade in California, one pair at a time
  • 10% of profits donated to charity

Best Price: $60.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Chub Wear

Company info here.

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Birdwell: Beach Britches


Stats:

  • 100% nylon Surfnyl
  • Nylon drawstring
  • Velcro fly
  • Single rear pocket
  • Handmade in California
  • Seven different styles / lengths and over 20 color options

Best Price: $68.95 – $72.95 (SHIPPED) at Birdwell

Company info here.

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Apolis x Katin: Classic Swim Trunk


Stats:

  • 100% nylon
  • 3 oz. drawstring
  • Button fly
  • Single side pocket with key loop
  • Handmade in California
  • Three colors, cotton chambray version also available

Best Price: $107.00 – $116.00 (SHIPPED) at Apolis

Company info here.

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Got something you want hunted down? Send an email to brad[at]well-spent[dot]com

  • James

    Nice options. I appreciate the elastic and non-elastic waist variety.

    • http://www.commercewithaconscience.info Brad

      Thanks buddy.

      bb

  • MICHAEL

    I like the onia calder trunks. i just got a pair at steven alan in LA and want more, do you know where else they sell?

    • http://www.commercewithaconscience.info Brad

      Hey Michael,

      You can order direct from http://www.onia.com/

      Thanks,

      bb

  • Eric

    Surprised you didn’t mention Saturdays Surf NYC. Quality shorts in awesome colors and styles.

    • http://www.commercewithaconscience.info Brad

      Hey Eric,

      I checked Saturdays while doing my search, but the only trunks they had listed on their site were by Lightning brand, which aren’t made in US.

      I know Saturdays also used to carry Baron Wells, but they didn’t have any stock, and the BW site was almost completely sold-through, so I didn’t include their trunks either.

      Thanks for the note,

      bb

  • http://www.theinspirationfiles.com The Inspiration Files

    The chambray Apolis trunks on their website are so on point. I love them!