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NAME: Diego Barberi
COLORS: Sky Blue, Dark Blue, White, Red
BRIEF WORN: Sky Blue Diego Barberi Trunks
RISE: Mid Rise
ATTRIBUTES: Integrated contour pouch
FUNCTION: Everyday, Relaxing, Going out, Athletic
FIT: True to size
FABRIC: 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra
LAUNDERING: Machine wash warm
The Look: Handsome and solid but almost forgettable. If not for images of the Swiss landscape embroidered on the left leg – mountains, eagles, squirrels, snowflakes and flowers – this would be just another integrated contour pouch, mid-rise solid color trunk. However, the Barberi boys make no mistakes, and their winning charm shines through in the choices of embroidery: even if wearing an emblem of a squirrel on your underwear doesn’t enhance your package, it contributes a clear sense of humor to the overall look, which is what saves this brand from mediocrity.
The Fit: The length of the leg to the waist was the tiniest bit out of proportion for a trunk of this cut. The fabric was certainly light and soft to the touch, but it was nothing stunning like some other small brands are putting out. The pouch provides a slight lift, and cradles you without getting in your way.
The Construction: Precise – they’re Swiss! The guys behind the brand even went to the trouble of getting their underwear Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, which is a globally-recognized textile testing system to make sure that no harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Their embroidered Swiss imagery and signature is stitched quite tightly, and everywhere else on the trunk the seams are uniformly even and straight.
The Underwear Expert Opinion: Buy it – why not? The brand makes up in charm what it’s missing in the product itself. Its winning branding and clever embroidery ensure that you’ll look fondly on this trunk, even if you won’t remember wearing it.