Once you’ve mastered the sartorial basics, it’s relatively easy to look suave in a suit. But in a scantily clad vacation setting, with very few garments and accessories at his disposal, it’s a little trickier for a man to appear stylish and well put together. Aside from the obvious step of sporting a beautiful yellow-gold Royal Oak — and perhaps, working out non-stop and eschewing all pleasurable comestibles in order to achieve a sleek physique — what can a fellow do to ensure he’ll make a positive impression by the pool or on the beach?
It all comes down to selecting the right basics, says Davide Jais, co-founder of ascendant new beachwear label, Coast Society. “A man will generally spend 80 per cent of his time during his holidays wearing a swim short and a polo shirt,” Jais estimates (these two garments, coincidentally, comprising his brand’s central offering). In an aquatic setting, poolside or at the sea, “a man is only dressed in a pair of swim shorts,” Jais points out. “Therefore, those shorts must represent his tastes for garments and style; he must feel unique and be comfortable and classy. Whereas women understood this a while ago, men are just now starting to embrace aesthetics on the beach, giving more and more importance to what they wear and how they look.”
Enter Coast Society. The brand was founded by Jais and his friend Virginia Busi, two Italians who met during childhood holidays in Portofino. The idea for the label was sparked, Jais says, when the pair observed — while lounging at St Tropez’s louche Club 55 — that “Women looked classy and elegant on the beach in their understated swimsuits, with a great attention to detail and trends, but men all looked the same, in swim shorts that didn’t represent their personality and downgraded their allure. We started to play with imagining the perfect swim shorts for worldly, classy men who spend their holidays jumping from one resort to the other, from Saint-Tropez to Capri, passing by Portofino and Ibiza. The idea for Coast Society took shape."