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Contemporary designs for men's swimwear expose more skin

Low-slung swim briefs and trunks, and boardshorts with reduced length are dominating output.

China suppliers of men’s swimwear are going for bolder constructions and decorative patterns in their latest releases, following the direction taken by companies offering women’s bathing suits.

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  The model TM-85038 swim trunks from Touch and Match come in 80:20 nylon-spandex and boast a rubber-printed motif.

Low-rise swim briefs and trunks with an elastic or drawstring waist are gaining ground. Many come in solid black, gray and blue. Stitches or piping in a contrasting color are sometimes adopted for enhanced visual appeal. A small embroidered, or transfer- or rubber-printed logo may also serve as an eye-catching detail.

Recently launched boardshorts fall just above the knee, although models that cover the joint are still mainstream. They typically have an elastic or drawstring waist. A few kinds incorporate a button, zipper or hook-and-loop tape closure. Crotch lining made of polyester mesh is common.

The water-resistant bottoms are fitted with side or back pockets. Floral, seaside and abstract patterns on a white, green or light blue background are currently the trend. Nevertheless, stripes and plaids continue to be popular. Some pairs feature multiple solid hues. Emblems can be printed or sewn.

Most companies that offer men's swimwear invest 5 to 15 percent of annual sales in R&D, which usually focuses on mixing and matching colors or creating unique ornamental motifs. They obtain design inspiration from trendy local and international releases. The budget is often used in hiring specialists and making samples.

Suppliers in China generally produce trunks, swim briefs and boardshorts according to buyers’ requirements. France, Eastern Europe, South America and Japan are among the key export destinations.

Prices range from $0.80 to $18 per pair. The material utilized is the main determinant as it accounts for 50 to 70 percent of manufacturing costs. When the order is placed also influences quotes. Rates are higher during the peak season between June and December because factories ask workers to render overtime so that demand can be fulfilled. Consequently, labor expenses increase.

In the low end, swim briefs and trunks are typically made of 90:10, 83:17 or 82:18 nylon-spandex. A few versions adopt 85:15 polyester-spandex. The fabric weighs 190 to 200gsm. Pure polyester about 110gsm is utilized as lining.

Upscale designs come in 82:18 or 80:20 nylon-spandex between 200 and 220gsm. The inner layer is 100 percent polyester or nylon, or 90:10 polyester-spandex. Such kinds of men's swimwear boast UV and chlorine resistance, and high colorfastness.

As regards boardshorts, the least expensive models are made of pure polyester peachskin or microfiber weighing 100 to 140gsm. Polyester microfiber twill starting at 130gsm is a popular material choice for pricier styles. Cotton fabrics that are at least 500gsm are also options.

PU or PVC coating is applied for water resistance. Bottoms that have higher quotes often incorporate multiple pockets. Besides being ableto withstand UV rays and chlorine, they are air-permeable and quick-drying.

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Men's swim briefs & trunks & boardshorts price guide

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Swim trunks
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Touch and Match Textile Co. Ltd

Model: TM-85038
MOQ: 2,000 pairs
Delivery: 45 days after order confirmation
Description: Swim trunks; 80:20 nylon-spandex; 100% polyester lining; rubber-printed motif; sizes M to XXL; blue, black, gray or brown

Swim briefs

Yiwu Zhiheng Garment Co. Ltd

Model: 10WP802
MOQ: 1,200 pairs per color
Delivery: 45 days after receipt of deposit
Description: Swim briefs; 82:18 nylon-spandex; lined; chlorine-resistant; allover printed motif; custom sizes, colors

Swim trunks

Yiwu Zhiheng Garment Co. Ltd

Model: 10WP804
MOQ: 1,200 pairs per color
Delivery: 45 days after receipt of deposit
Description: Swim trunks; 82:18 nylon-spandex; lined; chlorine-resistant; allover printed motif; custom sizes, colors

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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