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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 >

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...

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!

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

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

FLAT BUT FUN ALAIA SESSION

Woll x Riz SumFlatFun from Woll Beer on Vimeo.

We love this. Thanks to our friends over at Woll Beer in France for putting this vid together featuring Anthony Harouet. Alaia's, beer and boardshorts!

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.

CITY SURFER

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?

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.


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