Male Fitness Models: Tom Seed

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Introduction


Tom’s social media: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | SoundCloud | Website | TikTok |

Tom Seed, a business owner, fitness model, physique competitor, and YouTuber, lives in the United Kingdom.

Tom’s birthday is 29- March (Aries).


Tom owns a supplement company, Stealth Nutrition.

Question and Answers E-mail Interview

Tom performs the pushup. Photo by George Mahon.

I had an opportunity to ask Tom about his fitness modeling and other interests by e-mail. He provided responses which are detailed below.

How did you become interested (a) in weight training and (b) in being a fitness model?

“I started training just to get in shape and over time my physique kept progressing and after 6 years of training I decided to step on stage and compete in the UKUP competition.”

Author’s note: Tom had written some blog posts on his 2017 training at his blog for back and for biceps.

Did you participate in athletics before or while weight training for physique contests? When did you become focused on your fitness model workouts for competition?

“I used to play rugby and swim until the aged of 19. Aged 19 I stopped all sport and took up weight training until I competed aged 25.”

How have you adjusted your training and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“Yes I have had to do more ‘CrossFit’ style workouts from home to keep my cardio and weights combined. I can’t wait for the gyms to re-open!!”

What advice would you give to guys looking to become a fitness model?

“Stay consistent with your diet and training but only pursue being a fitness model if you enjoy the process of getting lean and you enjoy being in front of a camera / the spotlight.”

How have you liked working in the fitness industry and with clothing companies? Any things you would want to see improved?

“I have liked working with brands over social media but I would like to see more fitness events that bring like minded people together. There seems to be a couple of big expos per year. I would like to see brands host events on a monthly basis! I enjoy socialising (if you can’t tell).”

Any hobbies or interests outside of your own training?

“My hobbies outside of training would be Crossfit, Content creating (Youtube & TikTok), Visiting nice beach clubs with good pool parties and I like playing online poker too.”

Tom Seed enjoys the sun while standing on the shore of a sandy beach. Other beach-goers are swimming in the water.
Tom enjoying the sun.

Stealth Nutrition, a Lifestyle Nutrition, Workout Supplement Brand

Tom owns Stealth Nutrition, a lifestyle nutrition brand. Stealth Nutrition focuses on providing designer workout supplements–from pre-workout to nootropic brain support. Check out Stealth Nutrition’s website for further information.

Tom is in process of taking photographs for his brand. Some behind-the-scenes photos follow.

Tom Seed: Mens Physique and Fitness Model Competitor

Tom competed in his first Mens Physique competition in 2019. Tom discussed his contest preparation story in a YouTube video.

Tom shows a transformation video showing how he transformed his physique while going from 160 pounds to 139 pounds.

In another video, Tom shows his contest shape as well as excerpts from his mens physique contest where he won third place.

Following the mens physique contest, Tom participated in a fitness model contest and won first place.

Photoshoots

Alex Wightman

During the COVID-19-related lock-down in 2020, Tom had a photo shoot with Photographer Alex Wightman that complied with the physical distancing needed during the period and still produced great images for Tom’s portfolio.

(Tom’s workout shorts, Box Menswear and Jed North. Interesting note–Alex Wightman was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s photoshoot in the United States.)

Alex Botic

Tom had a photoshoot with Photographer Alex Botic. Tom mostly was in workout clothing. Tom wore jeans and jeans and a leather jacket in some of the photos. The black and yellow swim brief is from Danny Miami. The denim jeans in one of the photos are from Carpe Omnia. (I do not have the brand for the shorts.)

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Wearing red for the street cred 🔴

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Peter Fletcher, Muscle Mountain Photography

Tom also had a gym photoshoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher of Muscle Mountain Photography. (Peter Fletcher was a photographer at Box Menswear’s Texas photoshoot in 2019.)

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@thorbjornsson I’m coming for the 502 🤨

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Tom and Box Menswear

Tom has taken a few photos with Box Menswear branded clothing. In the photo below, Tom appears to be wearing Box Menswear briefs. Photo by Alex Botic.

In an Instagram post, Tom appears to wear Box Menswear boxers. (I do not know the brand of the cool workout shorts.)

Tom and Zac Aynsley

In 2018, Tom had a training session for arms with fitness influencer and mens physique competitor Zac Aynsley.

Tom with WBFF Pro Tom Coleman

Tom had the opportunity to have a training session with WBFF pro Tom Coleman.

Tom and Dan Tai

Tom and Dan Tai, wearing Box Menswear swimming shorts

Tom collaborated with Dan Tai for a fitness model vs. CrossFit squat challenge. Tom got thirty reps on squats is a great result. (Dan, with amazing tree-trunk thighs, got 38.)

In a 2018 workout/lifestyle video log, Tom shared the activities of his day as well as a leg training session with Dan Tai.

Author’s note: This blog has more posts with fitness model Dan Tai.

As a side note, Tom and Dan hosted a fitness retreat in Ibiza, Spain, in June 2019.

Tom Models for Armani and Mens Health in Manchester

On another YouTube video, Tom provides information on how he and a friend walked on a fitness photoshoot with Armani and Mens Health UK.

Conclusion

Tom is getting a great started on his fitness modeling career as well as having great success in physique competitions. I appreciate his responses to my questions. I look forward to seeing more success from him in the future.

Mens Denim Jeans: A Review of Mott and Bow

Mott and Bow Mercer jeans in blue, navy and khaki, left to right.
Mott and Bow Mercer jeans

Author: Andre M. Email: info at menswearnews.com

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Introduction

Mott and Bow, an Internet-based clothing retailer, sells clothing for women and men.

This blog post will cover Mott and Bow’s clothing for men: jeans, shirts, sweaters, t-shirts, sweats, and other accessories. I have bought several pairs of jeans from Mott and Bow. I discovered the company from a Facebook ad.

Note: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links, which means I earn a small referral payment if you choose to purchase the product or service. Using an affiliate link does not impact the quality/price of the service you purchase. You will pay the same amount to the service provider whether using an affiliate link or not.

About the Company

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Chahin

The founder and chief executive officer of Mott and Bow is Alejandro Chahin. Mr. Chahin, according to his LinkedIn page, has a bachelors of science (engineering), industrial and operations engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a focus on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and finance.

Chahin’s family has experience in denim manufacturing. The Chahin family owns Intermoda. As Mott and Bow sells directly to customers, it can sell clothes at lower prices.

The brand’s office is in New York.

Mott & Bow – Untangling the Science of Denim Finishing.

Where are Mott and Bow Jeans Made?

According to the website, Alejandro Chahin’s family owns a denim manufacturing facility, Intermoda, in Honduras. The facility has employees that have created denim for the Chahin family for decades.

How is the denim made for Mott and Bow jeans?

The Chahin family, with a background in denim manufacturing, has connections to locate the best cotton for their products.

For readers interested in the details of denim manufacturing, the website provides information on its website.

According to the website

“We source from some of the most well-respected denim mills in the world – Orta Anadolu in Turkey and Candiani in Italy – and buy their most premium denim. This high quality cotton not only looks better; it also performs better. The pricier denim is robust, keeping its shape and aging well over time; unlike cheaper denim that lacks the ability to bounce back after wear. Our goal is to make all our jeans like the vineyard’s finest bottle, and we don’t cut corners to get there, but we’ve set up our business in a way that allows a fair price.”

Orta Anadolu

Orta Anadalu, according to its website, started as a spinning and weaving company In 1953. In 1985, the company transformed into a denim manufacturer.

Denim Production at Orta

Orta Anadolu describes its denim production process at its website. The process starts with raw material (cotton, Tencel/Modal/viscose, polyester/Elastane)). Then these materials go in the spinning process (blowroom, ring spinning machine). Next, the indigo dye is applied (rope dyeing, slasher dyeing). Sizing follows, then weaving, finishing, quality control, and denim service where Orta works with their customers (businesses) to combine designs and fits with washes using Orta’s fabrics. Finally, the fabric is shipped to customers.

Candiani Denim

Candiani Denim, according to its website, is a family-owned business, which started in 1938 in Milan, Italy.

The company describes is sustainability goals at its website.

The blog, Green Matters, describes Candiani’s sustainable denim fabric production process.

Denim Production and the Environment

Denim production has a definite effect on the environment at each stage. A report by the International Solid Waste Association discusses this point in more detail.

 Elastane and Denim

The addition of Elastane, a fabric that has some elasticity, to men’s clothing was once controversial, according to an article in the Atlantic Magazine. Elastane or Spandex was associated with female clothing. Men appear to have had a concern about clothing showing their bodies. As a result, clothing companies associated Elastane with athletic activity, as gym clothing already had Elastane in it, for example, compression shorts.

When Elastane is combined with cotton, the resulting fabric cannot be recycled. In particular, blended fabrics, accessories (zips, buttons, and stitching threads) prove to be difficult for cotton recyclers, according to an article by Adrian Wilson in the International Fiber Journal.

“Yet when it comes to recycling, blended fabrics – as well as accessories, such as zips, buttons and stitching threads – can prove highly problematic, which is why most recycling programs for cotton generally concentrate on pre-consumer waste and those for polyester prefer to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles rather than post-consumer clothing.

International Fiber Journal

Most denim mills are keen to highlight the use of recycled PET in their ranges, yet these are inevitably in blended fabrics, putting limitations on further recycling in the move towards achieving truly closed-loop manufacturing systems.”

International Fiber Journal

Mott and Bow jeans have some (2 percent) Elastane in them. Mott and Bow’s denim is made to a proposed standard that can help the denim recycling process.

The Jeans Redesign project of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that denim fabric should be 98 percent by weight of natural fibers and no more than 2 percent of plastic-based fibers, according to a Fast Company article.

What is LYCRA/Elastane/Spandex?

According to Sewpoint, Elastane is the generic term (used in Europe) for the synthetic fabric with the trademarked name LYCRA. Another generic name for LYCRA is Spandex. The owner of LYCRA’s trademark is the LYCRA Company.

Elastane is made from polyurethane. The fabric is elastic and can withstand high temperatures.

While Elastane was developed in the United States, most Elastane is made in China.

How to care for Mott and Bow Jeans?

According to the website, in general, the customer should turn the jeans inside out, wash the jeans in cold water in a gentle cycle, and lay flat to dry.

For black jeans (men, Jay and Barclay) and grey jeans (men, Stone and Leroy), the company recommends the general instructions but use Woolite dark detergent. For the grey jeans, more frequent washing will cause fading. If the customer desires to keep the grey color longer, the customer should use the instructions for black jeans.

For raw denim jeans (Oliver, Norfolk, and Rivington), the fabric has not been washed before the customer receives it.

The purpose of raw jeans is for the wearer to wear the jeans to mold the fabric to the wearer’s body. As a result, the customer should wait a while before washing raw denim. Raw denim jeans must only air dry while laying flat.

Mott and Bow’s Website and Social Media

Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter |

My Experience with Mott and Bow

Mott and Bow Mercer jeans in blue, navy, and khaki
My Mott and Bow Mercer jeans

As stated earlier, I have bought several pairs of jeans from Mott and Bow. I own the slim fit in the Mercer and Stone styles. I own the straight fit in the Horatio style.

My Mott and Bow Stone jeans

Initially, I found out about the company with a Facebook ad, which led me to the brand’s website. I signed up for the email list.

During the summertime, I received a brand email informing me about the jeans for the summer, the Mercer brand. I tried one in the slim fit, liked how it felt and bought two more pairs.

I looked at the styles and colors of the jeans. I had grey jeans that were torn and I was looking to replace them. So I looked for that color and found the Stone version. The denim feels soft and I love the fit.

Mott and Bow Customer Service

I had to contact Mott and Bow’s customer service for one of the Mercer jeans. An olive pair of jeans developed a situation where the zipper came loose from the pants. I emailed the company about the situation to exchange the jeans. I was contacted by one of the customer service representatives who asked for a photo of the issue as well as the inside label.

After I had sent it, the customer service representative sent a replacement pair of jeans and since the same color was not available, the representative included a free t-shirt, which was a nice gesture.

Mott and Bow Men’s Clothing

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For men, the brand, Mott and Bow, offers clothing in the following categories: jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts, shirts, sweaters, and accessories.

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Jeans

Three fits available: straight, slim, and skinny

Mott and Bow offers jeans with three fits, straight, slim, and skinny.

Straight

The straight fit, according to the website, has a mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is straight through the hip, thigh, knee, and opening. The leg opening is 17 inches (43.2 cm).

Slim

The slim fit also has mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is straight through the hip, slim through the thigh, and has a 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) leg opening.

Skinny

The skinny fit has a mid-rise and zipper fly. The fit is skinny from hip to the opening with a tapered leg. The leg opening is 13.5 inches (34.3 cm).

Mott and Bow Jeans Models

Mott and Bow has several models of jeans available, with a few available in another fit (in italics).

Mott and Bow Jeans Models, by fit
StraightSlimSkinny
BensonMoscoMosco
JayBarclayBarclay
LeroyLaightLaight
WarrenWoosterBroome
CrosbyCrosbyCrosby
Oliver  
Norfolk  
Rivington  
Bleeker  
Horatio  
MercerMercerMercer
StapleStapleStaple

Mott and Bow Jeans Models: Straight Fit

Shop Men’s Straight Fit Jeans.

Benson-blue

According to the website, the Benson has fabric that is slightly thicker denim, with some stretch—98 percent cotton and 2 percent elastane.

Jay-black

The fabric for the Jay comes from Italy (with a left-hand weave that makes the fabric feel soft).

Leroy-grey

The Leroy started as black denim and was washed to a grey tone.

Warren-blue

The fabric for the Warren comes from Italy. The fabric has a rugged look, with some stretch in the fabric.

This blog will be continuously updated.

Conclusion

In writing this post, I was able to learn more about Mott and Bow, a brand that I have bought from. I have been enjoying the jeans I have bought.

The brand has an interesting story as well as great products and prices. Perhaps you, the reader, will give the jeans, t-shirts, shirts, sweats, and/or other accessories a try?

Let me know about your experiences either through a comment or through an email, info at menswearnews.com

Mens Underwear for Valentine’s Day–Box Menswear

Author: Andre M. Email: info@menswearnews.com

Introduction

Valentine’s Day is a holiday where love is celebrated. The holiday celebrates the relationship with your loved one (or maybe you are getting ready for a great relationship) with food, chocolate, and so on.

Some selections from Box Menswear can also assist you find men’s underwear for Valentine’s Day to present your best self not only for Valentine’s Day but for the rest of the year.

Selections from Box Menswear

Below is a selection of Box Menswear clothing that you can consider for your Valentine’s Day. For more details about these newer items, see my previous Box Menswear-related blog post.

Men’s Leggings

Men’s leggings have proven to be popular at the Box website. Guys seem to love them; their loved ones could love them as well. The leggings have 100 percent bamboo viscose come in grey and white.

Model Zach Beech in Box Menswear white leggings.

Red on Red Briefs

The color red fits on Valentine’s Day. The red on red briefs have 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex, ensuring a comfortable fit.

Box Menswear Texas October 2019. Model Josh Watson.

Black King Fit Boxers

The black king fit boxers are black and suits all physiques. You can choose from two lengths: six inches and four inches.

Model Cross Thompson, wearing king fit boxers.
Model Kyle Hynick in Texas, wearing king fit boxers.
Photo by Peter Fletcher. Kyle wears Box Menswear king fit boxers

Mesh Shorts

This mesh shorts are for the special loved one–see-through mesh shorts. It would be quite a show indeed.

Model Lewis Flint

Thong

This item is revealing (nsfw), so I will provide a link to the website, https://www.boxmenswear.com/search?type=product%2Carticle%2Cpage&q=thong.

Bed Shorts

I bought a pair of Box Menswear bed shorts and love them.

Conclusion

For any reason that you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, have fun. Maybe a choice from the Box Menswear range will help to add fun to the festivities.

Mens Underwear Order Review: Box Menswear

Introduction: Unboxing My Box Menswear Order

Unrelated to my social media work with Box Menswear, I decided to place a self-paid order to get a feel for the ordering and receiving clothes. The stages I went through were selecting and ordering clothes, selecting delivery option, and then receiving and trying on the clothes at home.

Box Menswear | www.boxmenswear.com | Instagram–www.instagram.com/BoxMenswear | Pinterest–www.pinterest.co.uk/BoxMenswear |

Ordering at the Box Website

During my social media work, there were some clothes that I wanted to try: the lounge (bed) shorts, https://us.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-bed-shorts, the king fit boxers (black), https://us.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/king-fit-boxers-black, and the peach boxers, https://us.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-peach-boxers. I read the product descriptions, looked at the photos (many of the models are muscular men; I am not right now (maybe one day :)) to see how the clothes fit (also at the Box Instagram page where customers (wider range of physiques) post their photos), as well as how to care for the clothes.

I placed my order for the items I wanted. When offered a mystery box (later discovered to be one of the following: jockstrap, briefs, king fit boxers, socks, and sports shorts (see discussion below)), I accepted and added it to the order.

The overall cost was not too high but quite more for a first order without being able to feel the fabric in my hands.

Delivery–to the United States

Box Menswear is based in the United Kingdom. As I live in the United States, I have found that international packages tend to get stuck in customs. Being a Black Friday special, there was delivery special fee to the United States US$5.99 for 5-8 business days (Landmark Global shipping) and another with DHL for US$17.99 for 1-3 business days.

I chose the cheaper version, even though I knew about the specific customs issues. While the wait was not overly long, I think I would pay the extra US$12 for the DHL shipping for more-certain tracking and quicker delivery. The Landmark Global option did have tracking information, but there were days in which the information was not updated.

Order Received

I placed the order on 30-November-2019 and received it on 16-December-2019.

I received a grey envelope with 2 smaller packages of red boxes. One box had my order and the other was the mystery box.

Box Menswear brand lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers in a box
Box order: lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers
Mystery box: socks, king fit boxers, Max Wyatt sport shorts, jockstrap, and briefs
Mystery box: socks, king fit boxers, Max Wyatt sport shorts, jockstrap, and briefs

My selections: lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers

Lounge (bed) shorts

From the time that I saw model Dan Tai wearing the lounge (bed) shorts in photos from the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas, I wanted to buy them. My instinct was on point.

Muscular model Dan Tai from the United Kingdom sits on a bed while wearing grey shorts from Box Menswear.
Model Dan Tai in Box Menswear lounge (bed) shorts.

The photos posted on Instagram and on the website provide good images for how the shorts look and fit. They are comfortable and soft. Great for bedtime and as well as spending time relaxing at home.

King fit boxers

The boxers are the long 6-inch inseam version, which covers the whole thigh on me. They should not ride up. The fabric feels great on the skin.

I have gotten used to a shorter inseam (mid-thigh length), but I will see how the king fit works on a typical workday.

I think I will love wearing them; they felt fantastic when I tried them on for fit.

Peach boxers

I selected these boxers because of the orange color. The color is more light orange that what they appear in photos. The cotton fabric is soft, though not as soft as the king fit, which is made mostly of bamboo viscose. In addition, the peach boxers have seams on the rear while the king fit boxer does not have any rear seams.

While the stitching looks that it may be uncomfortable to wear, they do not pose any problems when I tried them on.

Overall, while I do not regret trying the peach boxers (and I will wear them), I will probably concentrate on the king fit boxers for future purchases.

The mystery box: jockstrap, briefs, sport shorts, king fit boxers (white), sport socks

A little background

The mystery box was a mix of pros and cons for me. I was able to see other Box product that I did not select. However, some items pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I tend to be a fashion conservative when it comes to underwear. I used to be a black boxers guy. Just wait for the holiday sales of a large underwear competitor and stock up on all the black boxers versions. Recently, I have selected more colors, which is good.

Winners: socks, king fit boxers, sports shorts

The mystery box had the shorts that I wanted to try as well as the king fit boxers (white) and socks.

Mystery box contents.
Mystery box contents

The Max Wyatt shorts are thin and light. I could see them being more like a more-fitted lounge short or another version of boxer shorts.

The socks are mid-calf length and are black and white. The socks are comfortable and have the right amount of elasticity.

The king fit boxers in white are like the black king fit boxers that I reviewed above. White is a non-forgiving color, so I hesitate in buying anything white except t-shirts and dress shirts. Again, recall, I am used to buying all-black underwear as well (smile).

Nonstarters: jockstrap and briefs

In the box was a pair of jockstraps and for styling, my past still has a strong effect on the present. The jockstrap is a huge step forward. While the fabric felt good, the styling felt too forward. The briefs do not look right on my physique.

Conclusion

I am happy with my purchase, especially the lounge shorts. For delivery, I think that for living in the United States, I would pay more for quicker shipping to accommodate the customs processing time.

Despite the mystery box having items I did not want, the items which were included in the box (and I liked) were worth the price paid. (Maybe I will try the jockstrap one day.)

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

Review: Men’s Lounge Shorts from Nice Laundry

My order from Nice Laundry, menswearnews.com. The horizontal photo has three items, socks (blue and green), red lounge shorts, and black lounge shorts.

Introduction

While I was writing a blog post about the styles of men’s underwear, I found out about the lounge shorts that e-commerce company Nice Laundry sells. I decided to purchase some to see what the shorts are like. Below is a type of unboxing combined with an initial view.

Background on Nice Laundry

The co-founders

According to the Washingtonian Magazine, Nice Laundry was founded by Ricky Choi and Phil Moldavski in Washington, D.C. The co-founders, who both grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area, used to work at a company called Living Social.

A start with socks, then added underwear

Nice Laundry initially started as a website to sell socks. The company also recycles old socks, a policy that the company has had since its beginning.

The company has moved to New York and was mentioned in the New York Times. The company started selling underwear in 2016, according to the N.Y. Times.

Fly or no fly?

It seems that when Nice Laundry started selling underwear, the underwear did not have an opening in the front. This was a design issue, as explained in an article in Complex.

Today, however, the underwear at Nice Laundry has an opening in the front, excepting the lounge short.

The Ordering Process at the Website

The ordering process is straightforward at the website. A customer has the option to add customized details to the item, if desired. (Be advised that adding customized details makes the order a final sale, as noted at the website.) I ordered two lounge shorts, one the 4 inch inseam version, and the other, the 6 inch inseam. Because it was my first order, I received a complementary pair of socks (a nice touch).

Arrival of the Package

The order (lounge shorts and socks) was in a slim box, which was shipped from New Jersey. The box has two lids: the outer and an inner lid, which covered the order. The shorts were packed neatly, each in a re-closable bag (not sure of the material).

A rectangular shipping box with Nice Laundry in the bottom-right corner. There are three colors on the box: blue, light green, and white.
Shipping box for order
The opened shipping box has three items inside: a pair of blue and green socks with a design on them and two lounge shorts in plastic bags, one red and the other black.
Order in the shipping box

The Lounge Shorts

The lounge shorts appear to be mesh gym shorts, but there are slight differences. The lounge shorts have a liner in them, so that they can be worn without underwear. In addition, the shorts contour the thigh such that there is no opening. This is an important detail if a guy decides to wear them without underwear. The material is soft to the touch and feel nice on the skin.

The outer material is nylon; the inner material is micro-modal. The shorts were made in China.

Black 4 inch lounge shorts

Referring to a previous post, the lounge shorts appear to be a compromise between boxer shorts and the boxer brief with the mesh short fabric. Quite an interesting design and one that I like.

At this point, I have not tried to wear them under pants or jeans, as my intention was to wear the shorts by themselves. But I may try it. I have started to buy slim-fit pants and jeans, and I am not sure if these shorts will fit under them.

Burgundy 6 inch lounge shorts

As expected, the 4 inch inseam version shows more thigh. This version seems more like boxer briefs. The six-inch inseam seems more like gym shorts.

The Socks

I have noticed the range of colors and designs with socks. I typically have worn dark blue, grey, or black dress socks or ankle sports socks. The company sent a pair with more color and design than I have been used to wearing. As the socks came as a free gift with the order, I will try them.

A note on “high-water” pants

(It appears to be the current style (at the time of this writing in November 2019) to wear pants that are somewhat short to show off the shoes and socks. I will not adopt the “high-water” pants style.)

Conclusion

I am happy with my purchase. I think they will be a good option for wearing around the house and outside on warmer days. (At the time of this writing, it is nearly December (cold) where I live.)

The gift of the socks was a nice touch.

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

Box Menswear: Review of 2019 Release

The Box Models celebrate with hugs with one of the last photos captured on the Texas photo shoot.

Box Models (left to right) are Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Josh Riquelme, Carlos Effort, Reno Gold, Mojib, Daniel Shoneye, and Josh Watson.
Box Models (left to right) Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Josh Riquelme, Carlos Effort, Reno Gold, Mojib, Daniel Shoneye, and Josh Watson celebrate the last day of the photo shoot

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

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Introduction

Box Menswear, an e-commerce company based in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.

(Note: I have a review of my order from the brand in another blog post.)

I will start with a discussion of the brand owner, Luke Mills.

After that, I will present information about preparations for the sale started in October 2019 with a photo shoot in Texas in the United States. Following that, I will discuss Box Menswear’s new item releases.

Fitness models Josh Watson and Daniel Shoneye pose in a locker room in Box Menswear king fit boxers.
Josh Watson (left) and Daniel Shoneye (right) in Box Menswear king fit boxers.

To see photos of the items, please go to the Box Menswear website, www.boxmenswear.com, and see the Box Menswear Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.co.uk/BoxMenswear/.

(I plan to update the post with images on an ongoing basis.)

Ben Masters and Ryan A. Mac in Box Menswear sports shorts

Box Menswear Founder, Luke Mills

The owner of Box Menswear is Luke Mills. Luke also owns Liverpool-based Misfits Celebrity Management.

The Misfits Group, Ltd.

The Box Menswear brand is part of the Misfits Group, Ltd. The Misfits Group, according to its LinkedIn page, has other brands– Misfit Cosmetics, Pretty Little Palettes, and Petite Prosecco.

Luke Mills Interview with Bang and Strike

Luke did an interview with one of the stores that stock Box Menswear product, Bang & Strike. You can read that interview at https://www.bangandstrike.com/pages/q-a-with-box-menswear-founder-luke-mills.

In the interview with Bang & Strike, Luke provided the inspiration for the name of the brand, Box.

I just wanted super duper soft boxer shorts, that you can wear all day. I used to get told off as a kid for putting my hand down my trousers and rearranging my bits and bobs in my boxer shorts as they get all tangled up and uncomfortable and stuff like that, and I wanted something that didn’t do that. The name comes from my mum, because one of the many words for your private parts was your ‘lunch box’. There is a statue above Lewis’s in Liverpool, and the statue is a naked man with his willy hanging out, and she always called that his ‘Lunch Box’.

Q&A with Bang & Strike

Size Chart for Box Menswear Clothing

In the image is a size chart for Box Menswear clothing. Extra small fits a waist circumference of 30 inches or 76 centimeters. Small, 32 inches or 81 centimeters. Medium, 34 inches or 86 centimeters. Large, 36 inches or 91 centimeters. Extra large, 38 inches or 97 centimeters. Extra extra large, 40 inches or 102 centimeters.
Box Menswear sizing chart

Above is the sizing chart for Box Menswear clothing.

The Preparation: The Texas, United States, Photoshoot

In October 2019, Box Menswear had a week-long photoshoot session in Texas in the United States of America. The group had 19 models and 5 photographers (and the Box Menswear owner, Luke).

The models: Dan Tai, Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, Josh Jakobs, Daniel Shoneye, Alex Grant, Reno Gold, Carlos Effort, Paul Cassidy, Seth Holbrook, Ridick, Kyle Hynick, Fran Dullon, Refugio Hernandez, Rossilino, Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Anthony Stefanelli, Mojib.

Model NameCountryInstagram Page
Alex GrantUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/alexzcee/?hl=en
Anthony StefanelliUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/gymnastkid589/
Braydan IfouldAustraliahttps://www.instagram.com/braydanifould_/
Carlos EffortSpainhttps://www.instagram.com/carloseffort/
Dan SoarUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/dansoarr/
Dan TaiUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/dantai.pt/
Daniel ShoneyeUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/danielshoneye/
Fran DullonSpainhttps://www.instagram.com/just.frandullon/
Josh JakobsUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/josh_jakobs/
Josh Riquelme (blog post)United Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/riquelmejosh/
Josh Watson (blog post)United Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/josh_uk/?hl=en
Kyle Hynick (blog post)Canadahttps://www.instagram.com/kylehynick/
MojibThe Netherlandshttps://www.instagram.com/suprememojib/
Paul Cassidy Slovakiahttps://www.instagram.com/paul_cassidy_real/
Refugio HernandezUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/notorious_b1g/
Reno GoldUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/reno_gold/
RidickIrelandhttps://www.instagram.com/ridick_7/
RossilinoUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/_rossilino_/
Seth HolbrookUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/seffbreezy/

(As a side note, through social media posts, I discovered that some of the models traveled to the United States for the first time for this trip: Dan Tai (UK), Braydan Ifould (Australia), Carlos Effort (Spain), and Paul Cassidy (Slovakia). (If there are more, please let me know in the comments.))

The photographers: Alex Wightman, Peter Fletcher, Texas-based Carlos Salazar, Rafa, and Jake O’Donnell.

Photographer NameCountryInstagram Page
Alex WightmanUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/alexwightmanphotography/
Carlos SalazarUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/treysphotostudio/
Jake O’DonnellAustraliahttps://www.instagram.com/jake_od/
Peter FletcherUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/musclemountainphotography/
RafaArgentinahttps://www.instagram.com/rafa.pics/

The photo shoot started in Dallas, Texas, and then in Austin, Texas.

Two of the models, Josh Riquelme and Dan Tai, are YouTubers. They prepared video logs of their experiences. I attach their video logs below.

Josh Riquelme’s video log about his Box Menswear photo shoot experience.
Dan Tai’s video log about his Box Menswear photo shoot experience.

Related Note: Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook Visit Box HQ in Liverpool

Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook (with Alex Rose), two of the models at the Box photoshoot in Texas, visited Box Menswear headquarters in Liverpool, UK, and posted YouTube vlogs.

During this photo shoot, the images for the new products were captured. In addition, the photographers captured other model shots, some of which are on the photographers’ respective Instagram accounts.

In addition, many of the models are active social media producers, with many posting on Instagram and Only Fans regularly. As photography lovers, the models also took photographs and posted many photos on their social media accounts.

Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli

During the the photoshoot in Texas, among the photos were some demonstrating the height differences among the models. Some photos feature models Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli. Josh is 6’4″ or 1.93 meters; Anthony is 5’3″ or 1.60 meters. The difference in height makes for striking photos.

Box Menswear’s Owner Celebrates His Birthday in Texas

Another side note: During this photoshoot, Box Menswear’s owner, Luke, celebrated his birthday.

Josh Watson’s Interview with Only Fans

Josh Watson, one of the Box Menswear models at the Texas photoshoot in 2019, had an interview with Only Fans. In the interview, Josh discusses his background as well as his favorite activities.

Box Menswear: New Item Releases

Box Menswear has released new items for sale: loungewear, new selections in underwear, and two items related to a campaign for a UK organization, the National AIDS Trust.

Loungewear: Leggings and Lounge or Pajama Shorts

Loungewear appears to be a popular clothing category. The clothing is designed for wearing in one’s home–chilling after a workday, dressing for a work-from-home day, or just for watching TV or doing house chores. The clothing appears to be related to pajamas, or sleep clothing, because you can wear these clothes to sleep in.

The key is that the clothing should look neat, as stated in an article by Men’s Health. Box Menswear has responded to this requirement with two items, leggings, and lounge (or pajama) shorts.

Loungewear: Total Comfort Lounge Leggings

In the loungewear category, Box Menswear has two colors for the Total Comfort Lounge Leggings available for sale, grey, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-grey-sport-leggings,  and white, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-white-sports-leggings. The fabric used for the leggings is new for the company. Box Menswear underwear typically has 92 percent cotton and 8 percent spandex.

Fitness model Josh Riquelme stands in front of a farm trailer in grass while wearing Box Menswear lounge leggings.
Josh Riquelme in Texas

The fabric in the leggings is 95 percent bamboo cotton and 5 percent spandex. According to the company description of the leggings, the fabric is “super soft bamboo cotton material” which are designed to “keep your legs warm without feeling restricted.”

Muscular model Fran Dullon stands outside while wearing Box Menswear lounge leggings.
Fran Dullon in Texas

The leggings are designed to be worn by itself or with shorts. The issue is how a guy would feel having his manhood visible to the world. I did a quick search engine search and found an article at Men’s Health, where the author, Brett Williams, asked staff on their opinions on how to wear leggings in the gym. Most of the guys’ questions would choose to wear shorts over the leggings in public. The author ultimately decided to wear the leggings by themselves–but with a shirt big enough to cover his manhood.

Models Kyle Hynick and Mojib, wearing Box Menswear’s lounge leggings.

The colors that Box Menswear has for sale, grey and white could be more revealing without shorts and a grueling, sweaty workout at the gym or for an outdoor run. One of the photos with Ridick has Ridick in soaking-wet leggings. The fabric becomes transparent, and the fabric does become somewhat revealing (link (nsfw)) in the manhood area but not totally.

[So, dear reader, what is your say, leggings with or without shorts? Drop a comment with your thoughts.]

Loungewear: Men’s Lounge (Pajama or Bed) Shorts

In a previous post on this blog, I reviewed the various styles of men’s underwear, https://menswearnews.com/2019/11/20/types-of-mens-underwear/. One style reviewed was the boxer shorts, and the Bed Shorts resemble this style.

A muscular Dan Tai sits in bed in sunlight while wearing Box Menswear lounge shorts.
Dan Tai

The Box Menswear Bed (Lounge or Pajama) Shorts, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-bed-shorts, you can sleep in them and do house- or apartment-related things wearing them. The fabric for these shorts is bamboo cotton. The lounge short come is two sizes only (small-medium and large-XL) because of the loose design. The shorts do not have pockets.

A muscular Dan Tai relaxes in bed in sunlight while wearing Box Menswear lounge shorts.
Dan Tai. Photographer: Rafa

Intimate Loungewear: Totally See-Through Mesh Shorts

For the leggings, there is a struggle for the guy to decide if he wants to show the outline of his manhood to the public. With Box Menswear’s Totally See-Through Mesh Shorts, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mesh-shorts, the option is left to a guy to wear underwear, jockstraps, or nothing at all under the shorts.

(The fabric content for these fishnet-style shorts is not mentioned in the product description.)

The models on the Box Menswear website, demonstrate all options for wearing these shorts. These shorts are best left for the private entertainment of a significant other.

Men’s Underwear: Boxer Briefs

While the product descriptions at Box Menswear have “boxers”, the fit of the Box Menswear boxers is actually a boxer brief. Boxer shorts have a full fit, while the Box boxer fit close to the body. For more discussion about this distinction, you can read my previous blog post, menswearnews.com/2019/11/20/types-of-mens-underwear/.

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear King Fit Boxers

Cross Thompson by PhotosbySGK. Cross wears black king fit boxers.
Model Fabien Sassier wears Box Menswear’s king fit boxers in white.

With the new items, Box Menswear added the color black to its existing king fit boxers range, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/king-fit-boxers-black, which previously was only available in white.

Model Cody Painter, wearing white king fit boxers. Photographer: Jade Young.

The fabric content is for the body of the boxers, 96 percent Bamboo Viscose and 4 percent Elastane. For the vent, 88 percent Polyamide and 12 percent Spandex.

Well-defined, muscular Mens physique competitor, Kyle Hynick, wears Box Menswear's 4 inch boxers outside on  Texas ranch land.
Canadian Kyle Hynick in Texas (4 inch boxer briefs)
Kyle in king fit boxers. Photo by Michael A. Downs.

The King Fit Boxers are available in two lengths, 4 inches and 6 inches.

These boxers are fitted, so the company advises sizing up on them. The size range runs from small to 2XL.

In addition, Box Menswear added a king fit boxer selection with a mesh panel, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/king-fit-transparent-crotch-black, for more-daring guys.

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Model Josh Riquelme in Box Menswear king fit boxers (mesh panel)

Men’s Underwear: Jockstraps and Thongs

For a description of these garments, see my previous blog post at menswearnews.com/2019/11/20/types-of-mens-underwear/.

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear Ribbed Jockstraps

The largest portion of the new release involved jockstraps, a style of underwear that I reviewed briefly on a previous blog post.

Box Menswear’s products already includes jockstraps but this version has a ribbed texture, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/ribbed-jockstrap-cobalt. The fabric content is the typical Box Menswear combination, 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex.

The colors available are cobalt, pale plum, blackout, burgundy, light grey, military green, pale pink, and red.

Model Josh Riquelme wears burgundy ribbed jockstraps in a stanting pose.
Josh Riquelme in Box Menswear ribbed jockstrap (burgundy)

In addition, there is a totally transparent varsity mesh jockstrap for more-daring guys, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/varsity-jockstrap. The manhood is definitely front and center with this selection. See an example at Box Menswear’s Instagram page.

[Readers: I am curious about these transparent items, jockstraps and the boxers. Readers, please share your thoughts in the comments. If this is a fashion trend, it would be interesting to hear more about it. My thought is that these are more-intimate items for use with significant others.]

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear Thongs

I reviewed thongs briefly in a previous blog post. The Box Menswear thong was created based on customer requests. The fabric content appears to be the same as the king fit boxers. The thong is transparent in black, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mens-thong-black and in white, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/transparent-thong-white.

[The request from customers and brand fans for a transparent thong may have answered, in part, my question about these transparent items. The reason for liking these garments is still not revealed. I am interested in hearing from readers about transparent, or see-through, underwear.]

Men’s Underwear: Red on Red Jockstrap and Briefs

Box Menswear with the red on red jockstrap and briefs is donating a portion of each sale to the UK-based National AIDS Trust in support of World AIDS Day on December 2, 2019.

The fabric content of both the jockstrap and briefs is 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex. The waistband for these items are slightly wider than the other jockstraps and briefs.

Box Menswear: Existing Items

In addition, to having a new range for sale, the companyhas existing product lines for sale, sports shorts, Max Wyatt collection, socks, boxer briefs, jockstraps, briefs, trunks, swimming trunks, and swimming briefs. (I will initially discuss the sports shorts, and update the page with the remaining items.)

Model Joss O., wearing Box Menswear’s red briefs.

Box Menswear: Sports Shorts and the Max Wyatt Sports Shorts

When I first learned about Box Menswear, I first looked at the sports shorts 2.0 collection. While these can be worn for athletic pursuits, these shorts could be worn as lounge shorts or as even a trimmer form of the boxer shorts, as discussed in a previous blog post. The fabric content is 92 percent Elastane and 8 percent Spandex.

The Box Menswear sports shorts have a trimmer fit in black, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mesh-sports-shorts-white-1, and the company recommends that a customer size up to ensure a good fit. If the customer prefers a looser fit, the company recommends white sports shorts, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/nplbfcm69meshv1p/products/mesh-sports-shorts-white.

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The sports shorts 2.0 are different from the previous Box sports shorts in that the shorts are label free. As a result, the shorts could be worn as underwear.

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Model Yoav Even, wearing Box white sports shorts and football socks, by Roble Konara

The Max Wyatt version of the sports shorts has slightly less length than the sports shorts and demonstrating the wearer’s thighs, glutes, and other attributes. These details were the goal of the redesign.