Last week, we wrote about how to throw a gay summer pool party. Put what can you wear to look good at it? Let color-blocked brightness, tropical prints and kaleidoscope statement accessories — plus a few spots of leather — help elevate your boardwalk swag this summer.
‘Pineappleade’ gold leather slip-ons. Unsuspecting hand grenades masquerading as shimmering pineapples — the signature stencil of Colombian street artist DJ Lu — let you explode onto the scene of your next summer shindig (and make a political statement about the country’s armed conflict that displaced its outer region’s farmers) without uttering a word. Available in women’s sizes five to 10; men, order two sizes up from your normal size. $17, bucketfeet.com.
‘Get Lost’ luggage tag. Your vacay motto may be to “get lost” during your travels, but that sentiment stops at your baggage. Enhance its chances of making it to the final destination with this phrase-embossed tag from American Bench Craft made from a single-piece of full-grain leather and hand cut from vegetable-tanned steerhide. $22, americanbenchcraft.com.
Carbon Collection watches. Parsonii’s Carbon Collection — the box set of which comes with one of its unique watch faces in gold, silver or brushed bronze — keeps your beach-hopping schedule tight and on time while three wardrobe-friendly straps let you swap out a selection of colors to easily transition from drinks at the marina to that bonfire by the bay. $145, theparsonii.com.
Fly Gelada wallet. Simple yet stylish, Paperwallet’s Fly Gelada — with its bold lines and friendly imagery to hold close that jet-setting spirit wherever you go — features two credit card slots, two business card flaps, two side pockets and a cash compartment. It’s Tyvek composition can take a good beating, too… because we know you like it rough. $17, paperwallet.com.
Trigger sunglasses. Give your sure-thing wayfarers a rest and shake up your sunglasses game with the polarized Trigger specs from Sunglasses Warehouse. Pink floral and silver frames with amber non-mirrored lenses provide 99 percent UVA/UVB sun protection to soak up the rays without ruining your retinas. $14, sunglasswarehouse.com.
Luzon 18L daypack. Durable, packable and versatile — so you can hit the road fully equipped for the adventure of a lifetime — Cotopaxi’s Luzon Del Día features repurposed ripstop nylon, mesh backpack straps and an internal hydration sleeve… plus a twist: Each pack is proudly made in the Philippines by an employee who has total creative control of the pack’s colorway so no two are ever the same. $50, cotopaxi.com.
Mixed Brights bracelets. Doublehighfive BK’s hand-curated, multicolored bracelets — made from recycled flip-flops by women in Mali — come in an assortment of cool colors, like mixed bold, brights, pastels, pinks, and blues and greens, so you can keep this “Summer of Pride” haute until the temps take a dive. $20, doublehighfivebk.com.
Coconut Grove swim trunks. If you’re nowhere near a beach this summer, you can still invite the essence of the open sea to your bestie’s backyard with the Coconut Groves, tropical-inspired trunks from Chubbies. These macaw-crotched butt-huggers (if you’ve got an ample pirate’s booty, that is) are equal parts ”aaarrr!” and shiver-me-timbers for sky’s-out-thigh’s-out time-outs. $60, chubbies.com.
Sunnys cap. It’s hard not to light up when you see AMBSN’s Sunnys Cap in melon. Emboldened with an embroidered sunglass-sporting smiley-face emoji, you’ll be doing everyone around you a favor as soon as you pop it on. $32, jackthreads.com.
— Mikey Rox