For his spring collection, Garrett Neff, who has built the Katama swimwear collection around his upbringing in the Northeast, pulled from the Chesapeake Bay.
Neff said he wanted to home in on the yacht and beach club lifestyle, and to underscore that he presented the assortment on the Grand Banks, an oyster bar that’s housed in a stationary sailing boat docked at Pier 25 in New York.
The line came in a mostly red, white and blue color palette with a few pops of neon.
Models wore swim trunks printed with nontypical nautical motifs including sailing stitches and depth charts. New to the assortment were board shorts, which Neff decided to make after a collaboration with the Surf Lodge, a resort and retail store in Montauk, N.Y.
“I didn’t surf as a child, but the board shorts capture the Katama feeling, which is about getting out into nature and water and getting in touch with yourself,” the designer said.
He showed more sportswear this time, which included bomber jackets, tank tops, striped sweaters, T-shirts covered with Katama emblems and ripstop shorts with D-ring belts.
Tying nautical themes to swimwear isn’t a new concept, but Neff managed to rework the familiar references and present something fresh.
See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Perry Ellis Men’s Spring 2018: The company injected performance features into its tailored clothing uniform and then layered on fashion.
Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The spring collection expanded on singular, identifiable staples in new, still breathable, fabrics.
Boss Men’s Spring 2018: Designer Ingo Wilts used a variety of nautical references in the line.
Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2018: The designer was inspired by the ocean and Atlantis.
Descendant of Thieves Men’s Spring 2018: The designer toyed with the aesthetic of deviant Mods of the Sixties, balancing an energetic collection of colorful prints with relaxed silhouettes.