THE DASHING SWIM SHORTS
As he launches his new range of swimwear for Autograph, model David Gandy explains how retro style icons inspired these thoroughly modern shorts
Adding swimwear to my Autograph range feels like a natural progression. I wanted to do the same as we did with the underwear: to produce a premium product with clever technology and handsome design, but at an affordable price. My inspiration came from behind-the-scenes images of Paul Newman and Robert Redford wearing casual, beautifully made shorts with great old-school details, and I really wanted to use that to create a modern-day style that could be worn as quick-drying swimwear but also as everyday shorts. My love of tailoring comes through in details like the double pockets, side adjusters and coin pockets. There are eight options: seven block colours and this houndstooth design – the range’s signature and my favourite. It’s a traditional tailoring pattern that I’ve not seen on swim shorts before; the look is very individual.