Sunspel SEAQUAL Swim Shorts

It’s the time of year to be thinking about swim shorts. Summer holidays, warm afternoons, turquoise seas under clear blue skies. Nothing beats a swim. Our swim shorts are not only comfortable, timeless and exceptionally well-made but they are sustainable too.

All our swim shorts are made from a remarkable fibre produced by the SEAQUAL initiative. They work with NGOs, fishermen, local governments and communities to clean our oceans of plastic, raising awareness about the damage caused by marine litter in the process. They collect polluting plastic from the sea and use it to produce a unique SEAQUAL YARN, a fully traceable, 100% post-consumer recycled fibre. It makes a smooth, soft fabric that’s strong, long-lasting and dries rapidly too - all important properties for swim shorts. When combined with the fact it’s doing its bit to remove plastic from the oceans, it’s fair to say it is the perfect fibre for the job.    

Each pair is also effortlessly stylish. In 2012 we were asked to recreate the shorts worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball for an exhibition at the Barbican. We decided to base the design of our swim shorts on the replica we made, modernising Connery’s iconic 60s aesthetic using the finest materials.

Today we have two styles that come in a range of colours and prints, including for our drawstring shorts, exclusive prints by Charlotte Gosch and Matt Blease. The tailored swim short has a popper with branded press studs and adjustable side tabs while the drawstring short has metal eyelets and cord endings. Both styles look as smart in the sea as they do under a linen shirt or one of our organic cotton towelling polos.