Porto. A colourful and characterful coastal city – Portugal’s second largest – and perhaps most notorious for its famous product, the delicious Port, produced for generations with the utmost care, patience and expertise. What you may not know, however, is that Porto and its surrounding areas is also home to those highly skilled in producing another product, and well-known amongst the fashion world for this; the swim short.

Bowler & Beach | Luxury, designer mens swim shorts | View over Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto

Given Porto is home to the best factories, the most skilled workers, the highest quality materials and trims, and close to the Bowler & Beach spiritual home – not to mention the fact it is a beautiful city with great food and drink – it was not a difficult choice when choosing a place to base production for our swim short range. So earlier this week, the Bowler & Beach team went out to Porto to visit the very talented people responsible for carefully creating each part of our swim shorts and check all was going to plan prior to production kicking off in advance of our launch this Spring.

Bowler & Beach | Luxury, designer mens swim shorts | Factory visit and swim short suppliers

And what a visit it was. We were warmly welcomed by everybody we met, learnt a huge amount about the intricacies and detail that goes in to producing every pair of Bowler & Beach swim shorts: from the careful dying of the fabric; to the precise cutting and sewing of each part of the shorts and liners; to the detailed trims such as the Bowler & Beach signature button, matching drawcords and the branded metal aglets. It was hugely reassuring to see just how high quality the finished product is, something very important to us and for our prospective customers.

Bowler & Beach | Luxury, designer mens swim shorts | Factory visit and swim short quality control

Our trip served to remind us that we are on a very exciting journey, one with so many passionate and skillful people on board, and cannot wait for our swim short dream to become a reality. Already we have ideas on how we can expand our range and build the Bowler & Beach dream, but for now the focus is on the countdown to our launch and getting our swim shorts on beaches across the world – and creating good times and great memories along the way!

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