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Speedo LZR Racer

Izzy missed it at the time, but not too long ago Speedo unveiled the LZR Racer, its new, super hi-tech swimsuits that will be worn by the American team at the Beijing Olympics.   Gold medalist Michael Phelps showed the suit off while posed like Leonardo da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man.  In traditional Speedo fashion, the Saran-wrap like suit leaves little to the imagination.

Valenti, not Valent-ino

Jack Valenti with LBJ

Jack Valenti, the big macher who for 38 years headed the Motion Picture Association of America, was Napoleonic (or, more positively, Churchillian) in stature, but, like many diminutive but ultimately powerful men, he skillfully used his attire to make the most of what nature gave him. Sartorialists everywhere will miss him.

Jack Valenti in shirt and tie

To Arrgh or Not to Arrgh

pirate Hamlet

The whole pirate-Hamlet-in-a-bikini thing is soooo 1983.

Stars in Speedos

Donny Deutsch in Speedo

An early, mulleted incarnation of Donny Deutsch demonstrates the unbearable brightness of wearing trunks before briefs.

Harrison Ford in Speedo

Han Speedo (looking a bit scrawny, no?) demonstrates that the Schwartz is with him.
Tom Jones in Speedo

Tom “C.O.” Jones frightens the children.

Hulk Hogan in Speedo

Hulk Hogan’s bikini probably glows in the dark, just like that alien from Communion he’s impersonating.

David Beckham in Speedo

David Beckham, here in cancerous crimson, proves he can pull off just about anything clothing-wise.

Making the Flip-Flop Pain Stop

For the longest time, it was torture for Izzy to wear cheap flip-flops when heading to the beach. The “thong” between his toes would jam and chafe, while his heel would ache from the lack of cushioning. One day, however, a friend introduced him to flip-flops made by Reef, a life-changing moment. Thanks to their soft uppers and anatomically correct, well-padded footbed, Izzy was suddenly delighted to walk miles and miles on the boardwalk in his flip-flops. He cannot commend them to you more strongly.

Reefs may not be cheap, but don’t forget the old saying: You’re only as happy as your feet.

The Side Tuck

It’s Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, and this number from Gianfranco Ferre helpfully reminds us why men do not wear bathing-suit bottoms designed for women.

The Side Tuck

The Masculine Tote Bag

It is a challenge for any man heading to the beach or pool to use a tote bag that doesn’t resemble an overgrown purse. Izzy is therefore pleased to have discovered these manly carry-alls from J. Crew, on sale for $49.50, no less.

The Thigh’s the Limit

Parke & Ronen trunks

The New York Times is reporting that swimtrunks are getting shorter this summer. The above three, in differing lengths, are from Parke & Ronen.

Izzy is excited by the trend since his thighs (affectionately called “pulkies” in Yiddish) are perhaps his greatest physical asset.