The Riz Journal - sustainable design process, style inspiration, surf life, and our mission: to turn ocean plastics into board shorts #bottlestoboardshorts.
28th November 2020 - Product
Small Businesses we Believe in
With the Christmas shopping season upon us, we've put together a list of some of the small businesses we believe in. We hope this helps you with ideas for who to support this giving season and beyond.
8th February 2019 - Product
No More Plastic - Our New Recycled Paper Envelopes
It's been on our minds for a long while - how to package and preserve our shorts in transit or in storage more sustainably. The answer? It's fairly simple.
27th January 2019 - Product
You the Ocean and Me
Inspired by a piece of graffiti we once saw on a wall, ‘You, the Ocean and me’ has since become a charming phrase we often use. It is now embroidered into the fabric of every pair of Blue Capsule shorts. Click through to see how a few words have helped define a range
23rd November 2018 - Product
Fully Recycled and Recyclable Shorts: the Blue Capsule
In our quest to make the most beautiful and ocean friendly shorts in the world, we have created the 'Blue Capsule'. Read about how and why our love for Blue is refining the way we design.
14th March 2018 - Product
Introducing The Blythe Swim Short
This season we have added a fifth short to our range. Allow us to introduce you to the Blythe – a confirmed classic if ever there was one, perfect for doing everything and nothing.
2nd March 2018 - Product
Behind the Print: Endangered Flower
Living by the maxim that “real men wear flowers” and with a desire to use our product to prompt an awareness of the pressure that humanity is placing on the natural world, read the story behind our Endangered Flower print.
19th January 2018 - Product
Pitti Uomo 93: Four Days in Florence
We recently showed our latest collection at Pitti Uomo in Florence, the four day-long menswear trade fair at Fortezza da Basso which is one of the most important mens fashion showcases of the season.
8th November 2017 - Product
The Process: Produced in Portugal
Having covered the processes behind how we design our shorts and illustrations, and how the fabric is printed, we now celebrate the small factory in Portugal where for the last seven years our shorts have been cut, sewn, and brought to life.
27th September 2017 - Product
Behind the Print: Endangered Fish
To find out about the environmental facts and inspiration behind our popular 'Endangered Fish' print (which we re-released this year), we recently caught up with illustrator Kristine Khan.
26th April 2017 - Product
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.
11th April 2017 - Product
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.
1st March 2017 - Product
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.
7th December 2016 - Product
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.
12th October 2016 - Product
Perfect Trim: Corozo Buttons
The phrase “God is in the detail” reminds us that it is the little things that count, and that we should pay attention to every element of our work no matter how small or trivial it may seem. Our corozo buttons, made from the nut of the tagua palm, are one example of this attention to detail.
6th July 2016 - Product
Behind the Print: Seaweed
Seaweeds are important plants that are found in oceans and seas around the world, but that particularly thrive around the coastline of the British Isles from where we draw so much of the inspiration for our designs. Our Summer 2016 collection includes a Seaweed print, featuring watercolour illustrations of several species of seaweed that you can find in our coastal waters this summer, and in this article you can learn more about the plants behind the print.
2nd March 2016 - Product
The Process: Designing Our Shorts
What goes in to producing the shorts that you pull on in the morning? How did they come to be, and why do they look, fit, and function in the way that they do? As with everything, it all starts with an idea and a blank sheet of paper. Find out about our design process in the first of our occasional series in which we’ll share with you every step that goes into creating a pair of our swim shorts.
27th December 2015 - Product
Rizcycling: The Short Story of Riz's Old Favourites
All good things must come to an end, and if you wear an item of clothing on a daily basis then at some point, once they have been through enough with you to have well and truly developed a character and story all of their own, the time will come when they require either some serious repair, or retirement and replacement. When that day arrives, we'll happily Rizcycle your shorts, and offer a 25% discount on a new pair. Read the story of one of the earliest pairs of Riz shorts, which are still going strong today ...
20th December 2015 - Product
BEHIND THE PRINT: ENDANGERED GARDEN
British wildflowers and the classic English country garden were the inspiration behind one of our most popular prints, the Aloha style Endangered Garden print. Learn more about Britain's endangered flowers (including some of those featured on the print) and meadows, the reasons for their decline and the implications for us all...
10th August 2015 - Product
STORE FOCUS- ALBAM
This summer we collaborated with Albam to host the launch party for our Summer 15 collection and also stock the shorts throughout their lovely stores. Something nice about seeing when things work it's just easy...
12th July 2015 - Product
PRODUCT TESTING - MALDIVES
Crafted with no side seams for further freedom and cut just about the knee, our classic Blighty board short is a true waterman's essential. Ambassador Matt Smith has been putting it through it's paces in the Maldives...
3rd May 2015 - Product
Yes... We're open!
We often get asked where can you buy our swim shorts? If you're in London and want to see what the fuss is all about, or just say hi, our doors are open!
7th January 2015 - Product
YOU THE OCEAN AND ME TEE
Inspired by a piece of graffiti we once saw on a wall, this simple saying has always felt special. It now blesses this limited edition tee created especially to support our crowdfunding campaign.
20th September 2014 - Product
MORRIS-SEA CAPSULE - LOOKBOOK & INSPIRATION
As seasons turn we're excited to bring you this limited edition capsule collection inspired by our first ever print. The Morris-Sea Capsule pays homage to our iconic pattern that started us off designing beautiful boardshorts nearly five years ago. Riz talks us through his design thoughts just long enough to snap him in the styles.
28th July 2014 - Product
WE WELCOME AMBASSADOR MATT SMITH
Each summer Matt Smith swaps the green grass of West Clare Ireland for 3 months of Maldives Magic. Living aboard a boat and sailing among 26 atolls allows him to surf, write, read and chase perfect warm water waves. This summer he packed a strong quiver of our latest shorts to test in the blue, between the birds and the mermaids, within adventures, between dreams. We can't wait to see more of this ocean gold..
13th August 2013 - Product
Located in a Basque mountain valley, Wave Garden's research and development site can generate perfect forming tubes. The longest artificial wave in existence, it can peel for 220 m without losing shape or speed. Not a bad setting for Anthony to test our Daisy print Burgh shorts. MORE..
27th June 2013 - Product
SLIP ON SOME SUNSHINE
21st May 2013 - Product
THE ANATOMY OF A MODERN BOARDSHORT
A look at the details and features of our latest and greatest short Burgh. We've combined technicality with a refined menswear eye to create a very modern take on classic piece of surfwear.
7th February 2013 - Product
Short Stories- BONDI FOR BREAKFAST
When in London at 6:30am, I'm asleep. Period. Breakfast after is usually cereal. Oatabix for now. Last september while in Sydney I managed to break the routine and experience a very different morning ritual. As dawn breaks over Bondi there's already a hive of athletic bustle. Runners, yoga classes, outdoor gym bunnies and of course the surfers, all making the most of pre work fun. Here I caught friend and local surfer / illustrator, Keiron 'Seamouse' Lewis, doing what he loves most!
28th January 2013 - Product
THE GENTLEMAN SURFER
We've been slowly building our mood Tumblr for a while now. A kind of 'visual scrapbook for sartorial, surf inspired gentleman.' Put the kettle on, and enjoy the desktop escape!
31st July 2012 - Product
Just found these archive photo's of a special range designed by Riz for Speedo back in 2003 . Even at the time the range was labelled the 'Gentleman Surfer' - a direct take on mixing tailoring and surfwear together. These designs were the embryos and catalysts to all the designs RIZ craft today. It's great to see where ideas come from and the stories they leave behind.
22nd June 2012 - Product
It's amazing how much difference an inch can make. Too long can be uncomfortable and too short can be embarrassing. It's the age old debate about how long the ideal length of short is of course. This season we reckon we've cracked 2 pretty sweet lengths where less is more. The question is have you the legs for it?
30th May 2012 - Product
ETHICAL FASHION FELLOWSHIP
We are proud to announce that RIZ has been accepted into the EFF 500 Fellowship. The Ethical Fashion Fellowship aims to unite 500 pioneering innovators in fashion and sustainability to take the movement to the next level. Fellows will help shape EFF’s strategy to transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry.
4th May 2012 - Product
Short Stories- SHE WHO DARES
From leaving her home soil in search of adventures the other side of the globe, to going against the rest and wearing men's boardshorts, Victoria Lanarch dares to be different. They say that curiosity called the cat, in this case she got the milk.. and we got a cool story which in turn may lead on to something even cooler coming soon..
26th March 2012 - Product
SAY HI TO ROSIE
When you slip into a pair of Riz you will be greeted by a lovely sight. Printed on the pocket bag of every pair is Rosie our protecter. We have have her stamped to remind you of the beauty, the strength and the fragility of the sea and that we need to protect it's environment and life line. You protect her, she'll protect you.
26th March 2012 - Product
IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL
With new ranges come new refinements and this season we've tinkered and tweaked in a balance of tailored details, classic styling and fresh function. As always we love the balance between tailoring and sportswear, the technical and the relaxed. The overall appearance is simple, yet there's a lot going on under the flowery bonnet.
15th March 2012 - Product
RIZ X THE BUMBLEBEE CONSERVATION TRUST
In partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, RIZ is helping 'save the sound of summer'. Not only do we love the bzzzz, the charm and the taste of honey but we are aware of how important these charming creatures are and how endangered they now are. We are donating 10% of the proceeds of every limited edition short sale to this lovely charity, something we are proud to be part of. For more BEE love > Read on..
26th February 2012 - Product
SS12 LOOKBOOK -B&W
Some lovely black & white shots from the SS12 Lookbook.
24th February 2012 - Product
FANCY A LIFE IN SHORTS?
If you're like us, we love to live in shorts. We don't ALWAYS do it but we aspire to it. One day we will! We are looking for people who literally 'live' in shorts and who can put ours through their paces and test the product fully. Successful candidates need to align themselves with our vision and obsessive attention to detail and hopefully end up shaping our way of thinking through 'living the brand'. Could this be you ?
29th December 2011 - Product
2011 - HIGHLIGHTS & PICS
It's the end of our first full sales year and only the second year since we launched the shorts to the world ( or a few friends and press.) Therefore in fond reminiscence I thought it would be nice to share with you some of 2011's highlights, some unseen pics and give you a head's up of what to look forward to in 2012!
29th November 2011 - Product
WHAT'S SUP DUDE?
It brings great delight to write the word 'Ambassador' at the beginning of a sentence especially when you know that this is the beginning of a new chapter or era. We have been talking at Riz HQ for a while now about finding the right people to represent the brand, fly the flag and work alongside us. It was an absolute joy then when we recently got a call out of the blue from a chap mentioning to me that he wears Riz Boardshorts already all year around, loves the brand, is the current Uk long distance Stand Up Paddle champion, sounds like a really great guy and wants to work together! We introduce to you Mr. Ryan James.