The Riz Journal - sustainable design process, style inspiration, surf life, and our mission: to turn ocean plastics into board shorts #bottlestoboardshorts.

Escape - The Mergui Archipelago with Johnny Rayner

Riz customer and friend Johnny Rayner recently sent us some photos from a trip to the virtually untouched Andaman Sea’s Mergui islands. We were keen to find out more about the area, so caught up with him on his return.

Introducing The Buckler

Brand new for summer 2017, Riz's new Buckler short is a classic tailored "short" swim short, inspired by vintage swim shorts and perfect for lazy days lounging in the sun and swimming in the sea. Learn more about the design and the inspiration behind it.

Behind the Print: Endangered Bee

The plight of the bees, those most prolific of pollinators, is well known. Our Endangered Bee print is making a welcome return in our 2017 range with the aim of reminding people of the importance of bees.

Beauty from the Beast: Jason deCaires Taylor’s Microplastic Sculptures

The renowned underwater sculptor's latest work, titled Plasticide, removes from the oceans a source of physical pollution by creating artwork from microplastics to display on terra firma.

So in Blue with You

The colour blue is as old as the sea and the sky itself, and yet also relatively young. Find out more about our favourite colour - it's rarity, royal links and role in classic prints.

The Process: Digital Printing - British, and the Best

Print is paramount here at Riz and so in this, the second in our series of articles that looks at the process behind making your swim shorts, we will be sharing the details of how our designs are printed onto recycled polyester right here in the UK.

Plastic Bag Landscapes

At first glance, Vilde Rolfsen’s series could be mistaken for photographs of beautifully lit ice caves or aerial shots of frozen landscapes. They are not photographs of the natural world however, but images of a scourge of our environment: the once ubiquitous plastic bag.

The Sun and Your Skin

We love to feel the sun’s warming rays on our skin, but despite the many benefits of sunshine there is also a delicate balance that needs to be struck. Find out how to keep your skin healthy in the sun, whatever the season, with these skincare tips for men from expert Sarah Carr.

My Environment: Jason Bergin, Urban Recovery

Living in a major city needn’t mean that there is a disconnection between a person and the natural world. Jason Bergin promotes physical and mental wellness through watersports, both at home and away and in both urban and natural environments. Here's his story:

Forever Summer: The Soul & Surf Story

The story of Soul & Surf is the sort of tale that many people daydream about calling their own. In 2009 Ed and Sofie Templeton left their lives in Brighton behind and set up a unique surf and yoga destination in India.

Designing the Indefinable

Design should be rooted in solving a problem or improving an existing situation, otherwise it is gratuitous. The task of designing an “all-day” short that is both smart and relaxed, and that can be worn from sun-up to sun-down, was a real challenge and one that Riz has relished.

Tales of Sustainable Swimwear

Thanks to the lovely guys at Pebble Magazine for the interview feature about the highs and lows of our sustainable swimwear brand.

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