The Riz Journal - sustainable design process, style inspiration, surf life, and our mission: to turn ocean plastics into board shorts #bottlestoboardshorts.
14th February 2018 - Style
The Long and the Short of it: Selecting the Right Length Shorts for You
For many gentlemen, how long their shorts should be is a common conundrum. If you’re sometimes unsure about which shorts would suit you best, then allow us to shine a little light on the subject.
3rd January 2018 - Style
Lanzarote and the Architecture of César Manrique
Lanzarote: the volcanic setting for our latest photo trip, and an island with a remarkable architectural aesthetic. We explore the legacy of artist and architect César Manrique.
2nd December 2017 - Style
Small gifts that give back
Giving a gift at Christmas is a great opportunity to both do some good, and spread some good. With that in mind we’ve selected a few simple products (that aren’t our own shorts) that we think make great ocean-friendly Christmas gifts.
17th March 2017 - Style
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.
1st February 2017 - Style
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.
26th October 2016 - Style
The Pole House, Australia
Australia does beach houses very well indeed, and one of the most iconic is The Pole House - an incredible and unique property perched 40 metres above the beach at Fairhaven on the Great Ocean Road.
23rd September 2016 - Style
Photography - A thousand kisses deep
Shot off the coast of the romote island of Niue in the middle of the South Pacific, these stunning images evoke the silence and the grandeur of the ocean. A beauty missed by words, vunerable yet so free. Captured by Ian and Erick Regnard using large format polaroids, the waters were so clear that visabilty was between 60-100 metres. The resulting photographs are just timeless.
17th September 2016 - Style
Design: The Other Ocean Plastics
We are on a mission to turn the discarded plastic drinks bottles that litter our oceans and beaches into beautiful swimshorts. But, what about the rest of the plastic that washes up on our shores? Thankfully, others are also addressing the issue of ocean plastics and are finding ways to turn that colourful plastic waste into beautiful items.
11th May 2016 - Style
The Enduring Class of J Class Yachts
What gentleman doesn’t spend his winter daydreaming of spending the coming summer aboard a classic yacht, stood at the wheel with the wind on your face? And, if you were asked to describe that yacht, the chances are that you would end up describing the classic lines of a J Class yacht.
27th April 2016 - Style
The Mermaid's Mystical Allure
The mermaid is a mythical aquatic creature that has captivated mankind’s imagination and appeared in our folklore in various forms for thousands of years. We look at why these beautiful and fragile symbols of our seas have endured for so long.
16th March 2016 - Style
The Origins of Aloha Style
“Real men wear flowers” is a favourite mantra of ours here at Sunny Cove Studios, and the development of our signature “British-Hawaiian style” gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the natural world and weave the themes of endangered British wild flowers, insects, and marine flora and fauna into our print designs. Floral prints on menswear often polarizes opinion, however the Aloha style has a fascinating history and, when done well, conveys the romantic allure of laid-back island living like nothing else.
28th December 2015 - Style
HIX ISLAND HOUSE, PUERTO RICO
Designed and built to not only fit with nature, but to work in harmony with it, Hix Island House on the island of Vieques off the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico is both beautiful and highly functional.
2nd December 2015 - Style
BOARDSHORTS: IN THE BEGINNING
In order to move forwards it's often useful to know where you've come from. Whilst we continue to refine men's swimwear and boardshorts it's good to know the history of these garments and to acknowledge both those who came before us, and the reasons behind various standard design features.
31st December 2014 - Style
PHOTOGRAPHY - HENGKI KOENTJORO
It's fair to say we have a love affair with print and pattern, the floral and the fun. It's an integral part of who we are and our signature 'british-hawaiian' style still fills us with joy. Yet if you follow our Tumblr you'll know we also love the slick, the stealth and the beauty of the monochrome. The city. The juxtaposition. In the lead up to the launch of a 'Black Sunshine' collection later this spring- a range of black, timeless, minimalist and beautiful boardshorts, we embrace a dark, stunning underwater world. The following images all captured by Hengki Koentjoro are a true inspiration. Enjoy >
9th October 2014 - Style
PEOPLE: JAMES OTTER - OF WOOD AND WAVES
September was the month that kept giving. Stunning days, warm waters and at last waves. We waited right until the end, that thin line of soft brilliance to capture James as he enjoyed that lunch time escape, a few moments of free - The Last Day of Summer. It was also a great opportunity to throw some questions at him and share a further insight into why he makes wooden surf craft and the experiences his workshops give...
9th September 2014 - Style
EVENTS: THE WORLD BELLYBOARD CHAMPS
We've just come back from the 12th annual World Bellyboard Championships where we were proud official partners and prize givers. An amazing day of vintage vibes and sartorial sea style brought to life by the 'Mastery and Disastery' of this wave riding sport. The September sun shone and our Beach Pop-Up tent and bamboo rails blowed with a warm smile. Already looking forward to next year!
1st April 2014 - Style
STILLS -BAJAN BLUES
Even as grainy stills from the documentary film Beautiful Corners, featured below, the rich blues of the Bajan sea soak you up and wrap you in warm water dreams... MORE
9th January 2014 - Style
MERMAIDS AND MUSES
If you own a pair of our shorts you'll know a mermaid is stamped on the inside pocket bag. They're in every pair as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of the sea. You protect the ocean and they will protect you. Call us romantic, here's to muses... MORE
2nd March 2013 - Style
INSPIRATION: UNDERWATER PROJECTS
Colours shift, shapes change and bodies distort. The beautiful and alien world of under our waves. The calm within the storm, like flight under clouds. We've been admiring the stunning underwater photography of both Brian Bielmann and Mark Tipple for a while now. Here's a selection of some beautiful, explosive and sometimes eerie shots to wet your subaquatic fascinations.
13th February 2012 - Style
Playing with the obvious paradox's that surfing and city's have with each other, Romain Laurent has created a series called 'L'Horizon'. Conformity, perceptions and viewers expectations are poked at in a piece that we at Riz can relate to here in London. So here's to all the City Surfers out there and your tube rides to work, lets hope the next tube you catch will be different?
25th November 2011 - Style
Circles in the Sands of time
Jim Denevan is an artist who makes temporary drawings on sand, earth and ice that are eventually erased by the waves and the weather. These beautiful, dramatic yet fragile pieces resonate quite literally off the page and within your soul.