• Film by Mr Aaron Christian, Video Style Editor, MR PORTER

When photographer Mr Adam Brown founded Orlebar Brown in 2007, he introduced a whole new approach to men's swimwear with his carefully tailored trunks - or, as he calls them, "shorts that you can swim in, not just swim shorts".

Eschewing the drawstrings, elastic waistbands and baggy cuts which had all too often been associated with swimwear, Orlebar Brown shorts are flattering, simple and stylish. And what's more, thanks to their tailored construction, they're smart enough to wear to lunch or to the pool bar with a shirt or T-shirt on top.

These days high-profile fans of the label include Messrs Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman and Jay-Z, and although the range has expanded to include clothing and beach accessories (the towelling polo shirts are great to throw on after a swim), it's the shorts that stay at the core of what the brand does.

Whether you opt for the mid-length Bulldog fit or the shorter, retro-inspired Springer and Setter shapes, a pair of Orlebar Browns are a MR PORTER holiday essential. Watch the video, above, to find out more about the brand.

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