I’m back from Magic/Curve and I”m worn out. This is the one of the few trips the jet lag has really gotten to me. This past show was a lot of fun. There were fewer brands than in years past and I think it maybe a trend that will continue. Which has me sad that is the case. I really love going and meeting with brands. I have made some great friends and this is usually the only time I get to see them face-to-face.
But, let’s keep it positive. There were fewer brands but we made some strong new connections with some brands we don’t work a lot with, those brands include; Garcon Model, Teamm8, Bwet Swimwear, and a few more! Other brands we love to meet with are 2(X)ist, Baskit, N2N Bodywear, Frank Dandy, 2EROS
This year we’re not going a big post on all the brands. We think it’s more important to cover the pairs as they come out. We have a schedule and will be following up with brands to bring you the new pairs when it comes out. Brands such as N2N Bodywear and Gregg Homme release their lines a once and we will cover them. Both have some great new lines.
The highlight of the trip is the Annual Meet and Greet we do. It’s a chance for everyone to meet up and just have a good time outside the show. It can range from 2 to 30 people. No matter how many show up it’s always a good time. This year we had Timoteo, N2N Bodywear, 2EROS, Frank Dandy, BWet Swimwear, PetitQ, Shrine Boxer, Garcon Model, Underwear Nation, BoyRio, and a few more! It was a great time. We will be doing this again in August.
Some of the highlights of the show are:
- New collection from N2N is released – Including swim and active
- Andrew Christian has some new styles he’s not done before
- Baskit will be releasing 3 new styles in the next few months!
- 2EROS has some amazing swim coming out
- Timoteo has expanded the Cellblock13 and has one pair I LOVE the waistband
These are just a few highlights. We will be bringing you more over the next few weeks and months. I will be launching the new improved UNB podcast called “Brief Talk Podcast”.
C-IN2 has some really great new collections. Some of them are refreshed many of their lines and new ones. One of the new ones that I love is the new active wear line. The new active wear line is creative and C-IN2 put their own spin on it. It was one of the best things I saw at Magic. I want to thank C-IN2 for meeting with us!
Not all of these lines are out, but we will let you know when it’s out but here are some things that will be released.
- Jewel tones this year
- Typically do six color and doing only four colors
- Really rich colors
- Red, purple, teal and blue
- Due out Fall
- Shirts are double dipped, dark to light from the middle
- Long and short sleeves
- Underwear is sideway New!
- Doing long sleeve shirt, and pima cotton same as tank
Hand me down
- Bringing in a rugby stripe
- New navy, orange, yellow, ash (yellow Chartreuse)
- Same burnout as before just added stripe
- Simplified the line, doesn’t do a piping on the leg, more consistent
- Tank, V-neck in same stripes
- Three colors, grey, blue and pink
- Done even a little dirtier
- Each one different because the filthy distressing is done by hand
New Two Pack
- Cotton spandex blend
- Added a diamond texture
- Brief, trunk and boxer brief
- T shirt and v neck
- White and black but will add colors neutral and color
- Shipping in the fall
- Two new colors
- Keeping a masculine look
- Great new jock design
- Cycle shot, boxer brief, brief and jock
- Shirts are lighter weight, and still transfer tech, 125 gram like a t shirt material. polo shirt, crew neck and sleeve less
- Added four new colors
- Added in a heather, two of them and two solids
- Introduced a new tank, chunky on top, has a vintage feels
- New v-neck and higher v, thicker neck
- Is going to prime 2.0
- 2% spandex to give more recovery
- Modal has a tendency to stretch, so added the spandex
- Updated the waistband. its now an inch from 2-3 inches
- Two colors and white and phantom grey (dark right above black)
- Also doing the blue and the red
- T-shirts are V neck is higher, pro is the same
French Terry sweats
- Zipper on the back
- Heather, same a core , Lean short and not baggy and shapeless
- Also in a skinny pants, Zipper on the back pocket
- V-neck and hoodie available
- Great details on the on back and paid to details!
- Some of the long sleeves in solid and heathers
- Will also have zip Henley’s
- Long sleeve polo, put color on by hitting the shirt and puts it in certain areas. Causes inconsistency in the garment to accent
- In a heather and black as well
- Work out pants and shorts
- Lined with day glow green
- Windbreaker with knit inserts and moves with you
- Polo in same line, treated with bamboo carbon fiber
- Stretch work out shorts with zipper pocket in the back
- Also in sleeveless and nylon spandex
- Taken as well with insert in back
- Pant in in fleece lining with nylon inserts
- Zipper jacket in fleece
- New Swimwear is coming, we will have a separate post on swim soon!
This year I got to sit down with Jason Scarlatti, Creative Director at 2(x)ist, and go over the lines that will be out later this year. It’s always fun to sit down with him and we appreciate him taking the time to talk to us. The one thing I love about 2(X)ist they like to have undies that fit and look great, They aren’t stuck making the same colors year after year. This year 2(x)ist is going play with waistbands, colors, materials and patterns. You can expect some really fun things from 2(X)ist. Last year has brought us Love, Speed and Gold. If you liked those brands wait till you see this up coming collection.
Sleek Mesh (Above)
- A mesh line in 5 colors that will feature black, red, navy and purple
- Purple looks amazing
- Will be available in three styles
- Tank will only in black white
Pro Line (below left)
- Has a white rubber 2xist logo on the hip
- Will be available in a brief and trunk,
- Minimalist logo on the inside
- This line will have a color block story and cut into the body in new ways
- Microfiber waistband and center cut logs
- Will be available in several colors
- They will be bringing in new prints and patters ever few months
- These will include paint splatter and stripes
- Tartan line will be updated with red, white and black
- There will be a new color added green
Love Line (below right)
- A great new metallic red with silicon logo on left hip
- Will be a great refresh for the line
Core swim wear
- New colors blue orange turquoise and green
- This is the same core colors this year but added two fashion colors chocolate brown and purple
- These are inspired by 70s basketball shorts
- Have a retro look
- This line will just coral print distress printing
- The Knits and woven’s will be available in three colors, pink, turquoise and blue
The Underwear lines will be released starting in August. This is quite a ways off but they will be worth the wait. The swimwear will be out sooner! We will let you know when each line comes out. Check out the current lines at 2(X)ist.com
Pikante is one of those companies that always likes to have fun with their undies. In years past have done camo prints, bright colors and metallic. They enjoy creating sexy and fun undies. This year is no different. The new line has something for the guy who likes to make a statement with his underwear!
Here is a highlight of what I saw in Vegas last month. These should be out now at retail stores online and brick & mortar stores. If it’s not out it should be released shortly!
Intimo Anatomic Brief PIK-8641 – Purple has been a big trend in men’s underwear this past year. Pikante keeps this trend going with this great brief with a matching purple waistband! It also has a matching boxer the Intimo Boxer PIK-8379. Description: Brief with elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand in contrasting color, this garment features a soft stretch fabric with stripes texture that gives elegance and modernism, comes in three colors. Composition: 93% Polyester, 7% Spandex.
V-Mesh Brief PIK-8642 – Mesh is another trend in the men’s underwear market. Pikante is using mesh to create fun undies. The V-Mesh brief is solid in the front but mesh in the back, as you can see in the pics. Available in Red, White and Black. Description: Brief with elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand, this garment is made of a soft stretch cotton that fits perfectly, the back has a sexy design with transparency. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
Sporty Jockstrap PIK-9227 – Sports mesh is one of the fabrics underwear designers are using more and more. Pikante is using this in a jockbrief. It’s available in Black, Grape, Blue and Yellow. The colors are the waistbands! Description: Jockstrap brief style, made in a soft stretch micro-mesh that allows body perspiration providing the necessary support, features contrasting color bias and elastic waistband embroidered with the brand. Composition: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex.
Biologic Boxer and Piping Brief PIK-8368 and PIK-8369 – This is a cut, in both styles, they have had in previous collection. However, the print is new. When you see it in person it’s an almost snake skin print . It’s a geographic print that almost mimics snake print. It’s very cool. Description: Briefs with anatomical cup, features a soft material with elegant texture and glossy finish that fits snugly to the body, with contrasting color bias around the entire garment, elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand. Composition: 100% Polyester.
Purpurata Brief and Boxer PIK-8640 and PIK-8369. The one thing you can’t see in this pair is they are see through. While its not blatantly so but if you are a fan of mesh you will love these. The two pairs will show off more then you see here! Description: Brief with anatomical cup, this garment is made of a soft elastic material with sheer stripes texture that adds a sensual and elegant twist, with elastic band at the waist for a perfect fit. Composition: Polyetser 91%, 9% Spandex.
Fluorescent Jumbo Brief PIK-8638 – We have said that Day Glow colors are going to be everywhere this year. Pikante does the Jumbo brief in the day glow colors. They updated this line to the new colors! Available in Orange, Coral and Green. Description: Brief with cup and back made ??of a soft elastic material in neon color that fits perfectly to the body with elastic bias in contrasting color, elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand. Composition: 83% Polyester, 17% Spandex.
Double Effect Jockstrap PIK-9226 – Jocks continue to be strong. So when Pikante puts out a new taken on a classic it’s welcome to see. This jock has the leg straps a little different. They are lower on the hips with a strap on the side to hole it in place. Available in Yellow, Red and Blue. Description: Jockstrap, cup made of an elastic material with glossy color, this piece features comfortable thin elastic bands around waist and legs that provide the necessary support. Composition: 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex.
Whip Thong PIK-8103 – The Whip thong is more of a cross between a bikini and thong. Made out of a metallic fabric. The design also has a ring on the sides. Available in Silver, Black and Red. Description: Thong, features a delicate elastic material with metallic finish that comes in three different colors, with metal rings on the sides that give a sensual touch to the garment. Composition: 93% Polyester, 7% Spandex.
Fluorescent G-string PIK-8207 – What would a collection be without some day glow thongs! This thong has the full pouch with the two straps going to a ring in the back. It’s available in Green, Coral and Orange. Description: Thong, frontal area made ??of a soft elastic material that comes in three bold colors, sides and back have multiple elastic straps that come together in the middle with a metal ring. Composition: 83% Polyester, 17% Spandex.
Spider Thong PIK-8104 The last pair we are covering is the Spider Thong. This is a full pouch with straps coming off the side that attach to an elastic band in the back. It’s a very fun thong and if you are a thong lover this is one you should look into! Available in Red, Grey, Black and white. Description: Thong features a comfortable cup made in stretch cotton that fits perfectly, the sides have multiple elastic straps that bind with a wide elastic band in the back with the brand embroidered in contrasting color. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
Check these out and more pairs at your favorite retailer!
We continue our Magic coverage this time with PPU. This time PPU is using some new colors and a few new styles. PPU is a brand known for having fun and taking risks. This year they do that by using colors, cuts and interesting designs. The colors this year are ones from almost pastel tones to some really bright primary colors. It’s a fun range of colors and we bet there is a pair you’ll love! The cuts range form thongs to boxer briefs and everything in between. Where the interesting designs coming are the peekaboo cut outs and new waistbands!
Here is what the brand says about the new line: “PPÜ 2013-1 takes sexy men’s underwear to a whole new sporty level by playing up athletic elements like elastic bands, contrast piping and the backless look of a jockstrap into all of their styles. For the guy in search of all-out sexy, there are quite a few X-rated styles in every silhouette–from pouchless thongs to full-body straps and super sheer fabrics–that are sure to fulfill the most intense underwear fetishes. ”
Here are some of the highlights of the collection:
PPU 1303 Thong – This thong has some great new colors, design and new waistband. The colors on this are the lilac/coral, black/coral and white/sliver. The lilac is a new color to the PPU line and is set off nicely with the coral waistband. The cut out in the top shows off just a bit more skin then a regular thong and will make someone look twice. Lastly is the new branded waistband. It’s in two new colors Coral and Silver with PPU written across the side. Description: Brazilian thong, has a sensual design on the cup with a slit at the top, this area and back are made of a soft material with texture and elastic edges, for a good fit counts with a wide elastic at the waist embroidered with the brand. Composition: 83% Nylon, 17% Spandex.
PPU 1311 Brief. This brief has the same waistbands and colors as the thong above. However the fabric has a plaid design built in, you can barely see it in the picture. When you see it in person it will be look more detailed and will really stand out. Its subtle but a very nice detail! Description: Brief with wide elastic band around the waist for a good fit, made of a soft elastic material with checkered texture, has a modern design with full cup with elastic trim in contrasting color around the legs and under the cup area for support. Composition: 83% Nylon, 17% Spandex.
PPU 1313 Bust Buster Brief – Enhancing underwear is back at PPU. The Butt Buster brief has padding in the back. The padding isn’t too big so it will add just a bit more without being too noticeable. Available in Black/White, Red/Grey and Turquoise/Blue. Description: Brief with elastic band around the waist, this piece is designed to enhance the buttocks area and cup, because of its soft and elastic cotton material that generates a support in these areas, with elastic trims around the slits to create a sexy silhouette. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
PPU 1307 Boxer with Pockets – When you think PPU you don’t initially thing Boxer Briefs. But, this collection has some with pockets. You maybe asking what do you do with underwear with pockets. This time we will say that is for you to determine! You can put many things in the pockets ranging from money to well… that is for you to imagine! Available in Grey/Turquoise, Blue/Black, White/Red and Black/White. Description: Boxer with wide elastic band at the waist for a good fit, garment made of a soft stretch cotton for comfort of the body, with cup and has pockets design in contrasting color color at the front sides. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
PPU 1308 Jockstrap – PPU has always had really fun and interesting jocks. This one is one of the more conservative designs. It’s a more traditional jock with a smaller waistband, that looks more like a swimmer jock. It’s great under jeans or something casual. This jock is available in Blue/White and Grey/red. Description: Jockstrap with cup made in a stretch cotton with zigzag stitching that gives comfort to this area of the body, with soft elastic around the buttocks to provide support, and elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
PPU 1317 Boxer – The colors come into play with this pair. The boxer is with a bright blue and red. It’s a traditional design with a waistband with PPU written in the same white. Its one of the more “conservative” pairs for PPU. Description: Boxer made of a soft stretch cotton with side cuts in two different colors, the cup and the bottom features a white cotton, with elastic band at the waist for a good fit to the body. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
PPU 1310 Brief – No collection would be complete without a great brief. PPU does a take on the classic brief but puts their spin on it. They do this by the colors and waistbands. The pair has a solid waistband with the PPU brand in the same color. The pouch is framed by piping on each side of the pouch. The colors are Blue/White, Coral/Grey and Mint/Blue. Description: Low rise brief, made of a soft elastic material with texture that gives a modern twist, has wide elastic around the waist for a good fit and elastic trim in contrasting color around the legs and cup. Composition: 92.5% Nylon, 17.5% Spandex.
PPU Boxer 1322 – No PPU line would be complete without some mesh! The Boxer 1322 has an pouch with a peekaboo mesh panel in the pouch. It shows off some but not all. Its def not for the shy. The colors are White, Black and Mint. These colors are big in the collection this year. The fabric has a pattern of circles that gives it a texture. Description: Boxer with elastic band at the waist embroidered with the brand in contrasting color, this garment is made of a soft material circular textured, has a design with sexy mesh on the top of the cup that sensually reveals this area of the body. Composition: 92.5% Nylon, 17.5% Spandex.
PPU Jokcstrap 1305 – Jocks have always been big in the PPU Line up. The jock mentioned above is the most conservative of the line, this is def not conservative. It’s a design with two cut outs at the top of the pouch where the waistband starts. In the back it has to wrings and a cross between a jock and thong back. If you see the middle pictures you can see how it shows off your assets. This is available in Blue, White and Black. Description: Jockstrap with multiple wide elastics around the waist, buttocks and front, joining in the back with metal rings at the waist, providing the necessary support to the body, with cup made of a soft and comfortable material, this garment comes in three colors. Composition: 93% Nylon, 7% Spandex.
PPU Underall 1315 – PPU is one known for doing creative and fun undies. This is called the Underall which is a cross between a boxer brief and overalls. It reminds me of a very European cute. Just available in red or black with the contrasting silver branded waistband. If you are a fan of something fun and out of the ordinary then check this pair out. Description: Underall, a modern design of boxer with cup and broadband at the waist for a good fit, this is one its attached to a front piece that has straps that go to the back, they can graduate with comfortable plastic clasps, this garment is made in a soft stretch cotton. Composition: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex.
PPU Jock Thong 1302 – Jock Thongs have gained in popularity in the last few years. PPU added its own spin this new design. The pouch is framed with the straps giving it two cut outs on the side. While in the back it has both the traditional thong and jock back. It will frame and show off your assets very well. Available in Purple/White, Black and White. Description: Jockstrap Thong, has a soft and comfortable wide elastic around the waist, the buttocks and the front sides to provide the necessary support to the body, with cup and back made ??of a material with textured stripes, this garment comes in three colors . Composition: Polyester 82.5%, 17.5% Spandex.
PPU 1319 Side Mesh Boxer – Don’t let the name fool you, this has a lot more mesh then just on the side. The front has a solid Pouch and mesh on the sides and down the inner thighs. Then on the back the is almost solid mesh! It’s one that has maximum exposure but doesn’t expose too much. Available in black and white. Description; Boxer with elastic band at the waist, has a sensual design with mesh on the sides and back that reveals to these areas of the body, cup and legs features a soft elastic material with zigzag stitching in contrasting color. Composition: 93% Nylon, 7% Spandex.
This is just a highlight of the brand. There are plenty of more pairs released! Those include more thongs and mesh and some really X rated pairs. So PPU is not for the shy but rather the bold guy who’s not afraid to show off what he has to offer! Make sure you check your favorite retail store for the entire collection.
I am just back from Vegas and Magic/Curve, which was a very busy, yet productive week. I met with many brands we report on such as PPU, Pikante, Timoteo, N2N Bodywear, Baskit, Cocksox and more! While there I also came across a few new brands that are doing some really cool things in the world of undies! One thing I saw was modal/cashmere underwear. Which were so soft and it would be an amazing pair of underwear! But that is only the tip of the iceberg!
There are some trends happening in men’s underwear this season. The first, in the spring we can expect to see pastels. The blues, pinks and yellows will be big across a few brands. The next trend is Neon/Day Glow. The 80′s are back, well in undies. This is wide spread across many more new collections. It is both in solids and accent colors. Lastly, creative waistbands. Companies are redesigning them, doing new things with them and more!
Magic is where almost all the companies were this year. In years past it was almost evenly divided between Magic and Curve. This year I met with only 3 companies at Curve and over 30 at Magic. So more men’s brands are moving to Magic.
I wanted to tweet and Facebook from the floor to get questions and feedback but the service was so terrible I could barely get a text out at times. Its important for our readers to give us feedback and feel like you are part of the process. Next Magic we want to take more questions from our readers. I will make posts for each brand we will be meeting with and you can post questions in the comments ore email us!
There are plenty of more trends happening per brand but I thought I would go over the few ranging across all brands. I am looking forward to sharing all the brands I saw. You guys will love some of the regular brands we cover and may just find a new favorite!
UNB goes to Vegas to see all the new underwear from some of your favorite brands. I generally go two times a year in every February and August. It is a great time to talk to all the brands and some retailers about the new pairs being released.
I will be meeting with over 30 companies in three days. Those three days will be nonstop. Some of the brands you may already know like 2(X)ist, Andrew Christian, Pistol Pete, and more. Then there are some you may not know well but after we talk to them and write them up they may become some of your new favorites. I will bring you some of the hottest underwear that is or will be released!
There will be several ways to follow us at Magic/Curve. Follow our Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/unbblog). The wireless and cell service is not the best, but I will try to post when I am meeting with certain companies. The second way is Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/unbblog). Regardless of the cell service at the end of the day I will post pictures on Instagram.
Lastly, we will have write ups on the different brands the following week! They will run over the next few weeks. Certain brands will be delayed due to their release schedule. But I will post a list of brands I speak too and when you can expect to see them on the blog!