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I grew up in Rio, so I’ve always played frescobol [Brazilian paddle board]. I bought my business partner Max a set of beautiful wooden bats for his birthday several years ago. We went on a surfing holiday together to the West coast of France and ended up spending more time playing with the bats, and everyone on the beach gathered to join in. That inspired us to bring frescobol to Europe. Our beach bats are handcrafted in Brazil by local artisans, and are made using wood offcuts.

Every single print on our trunks is inspired by Brazil. Our first collections took cues from Rio’s mosaic pavements, the calçadão. Last year’s collection was inspired by the soft curves of Oscar Niemeyer’s Modernist architecture. Our S/S17 collection calls to mind Jardim Botânico, the botanical garden in the heart of Rio.

Men are definitely becoming more adventurous with their swimwear choices. For a large

Harry Brantly The founder of luxury swimwear brand Frescobol Carioca on playing bat and ball, Brazil and his travel bucket list

My heart is in Brazil. I go back as often as I can and the first thing I do when I arrive is crack open an ice cold beer and look up to the statue of Christ, which is visible from our pool. From a practical point of view my home is in London right now.

Max and I opened Frescobol Carioca in Marylebone because we had always liked the area; it has a laidback, neighbourhood feel. At that

proportion of men, beach holidays are they only time they can wear something other than a suit – so it’s the time to show off a bit.

time Chiltern Street was already becoming more of a men’s shopping destination, so that was an important element for us too.

Rio has this effortlessly cool vibe. The beaches are right by the city so nature and concrete blend into one. Being active, selfconfident and fun-loving is what

distinguishes Rios’ inhabitants, the Cariocas. For those who have never been before I would recommend spending at least one day on the beach, swimming, playing frescobol and trying biscoito globo, grilled shrimp or acai from the food vendors. Going up to Christ the Redeemer is also a must. The view is breathtaking.

I’m heading to Big Sur over New Year. Although it won’t be ABOVE: frescobol carioca S/S17 CAMPAIGN, FEATURING the ACTIVEWEAR HOODIE

“Rio’s beaches are right by the city so nature and concrete blend into one”

sun lounging weather, I’m looking forward to going for long walks along the coastline and enjoying the laidback Californian lifestyle. My dream holiday destination is anywhere with a beach and restricted access to my iPhone and laptop.

Frescobol Carioca, 47 Blandford Street, W1U, frescobolcarioca.com

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Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

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