The style, you will know from photos on Bondi Beach in the thirties, particularly those taken by Geoge Caddy. However, there are also Max Dupain's photos and Charles Meere's 1940 painting, Australian Beach Pattern. The swim shorts you see there, were made from slow drying, heavy wool, with a belt, becasue wool becomes heavy then wants to fall off.
Pride's reinterpretation, employs the fastest drying stretch fabric on earth. Except for the crotch, they are single layered, so virtually weightless, even when wet. Beachobatics exponents (if they still exist), would swear by their comfort, flexibility, and lack of drips.
The belt, while fully functioning, is really a nod to tradition. These shorts are so grippy, there is no way they're coming off, no matter how you might move or get dumped.
- Twice-sewn (overlocked and cover stitched) seams.
- Single layered for fast-drying performance, with extra crotch lining for comfort.
- Pride's own bike-friendly crotch seam design.
- Functioning belt loops.
- The rubberised belt fastens with a Pride logo clasp.
- 143gsm stretch-woven fabric (the same used in FINA approved swim shorts that cost twice as much).
- Every strand of the stretch woven fabric has a core of elastane within a protective casing of strong nylon and polyester.
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester.
- 0.63mm thick treated rubber is folded into the waist seam (19mm wide) and leg seams (8mm wide) eliminating the need for uncomfortable grip tape.
- Electrostatic rack plating to the buckle contains no heavy metals, for example cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel or lead.
- Each piece individually cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design and prototyping by Steven Fleming
- Photos by Steven Fleming
- Models: Marek, Shaun and Lucas.