M.Nii Boardshorts Return Surfer Originals Back with a Bang

[20/11/12] 

M.Nii pioneered genuine, wave-worthy boardshorts in the 1950s and the brand has now made a comeback. The original trunks were the work of Minoru and Florence Nii, two Hawaiian-Japanese tailors who loved to surf. Thanks to their durability and bespoke styling, M.Nii's shorts quickly developed a reputation as essential surf wear. They used to cost US$6. That barely buys you a Big Mac today.

M.Nii's trunks became known as Makaha Drowners and their new pieces follow in that grand tradition. The reborn brand's collection comprises the Makaha short in various colours as well as t-shirts and other shorts, plus they've just launched their first winter line which is ideal for the cold snap in HK. If you're lucky enough to be heading to Bali for New Year and want to catch some surf, or just want to look the part sucking on a pina colada in the Captain's Bar, they're the real deal.

M.Nii's clothes bear classic surf stripes and Polynesian patterns, with prices ranging from US$75 for a tee shirt to US475 for a blazer. The classic Makaha short costs US$150 which is a hell of a punch for a pair of trunks but Vilebrequins are also ridiculously expensive and they're everywhere. The brand doesn't have a retailer in Hong Kong but you can get around that by sending them an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by using MyUS.com. It's like shopping as Jack Bauer - international laws do not apply.

Short is sweet.


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