Luxury swimwear by Vilebrequin

24K gold thread, solid-gold accents and sapphires. Sounds like the recipe for a couture gown but, in this case, they are the materials that distinguish Vilebrequin’s latest Golden Turtles swim trunks. The price? Up to €12,400, depending on whether the customisable trunks have one or two gold aglets (cord tips), and whether these are embedded with a navy blue sapphire.

The limited-edition, gold-embroidered trunks were snapped up by 35 Vilebrequin clients worldwide. Now the French premium swimwear company is in Singapore, having just opened a boutique at Marina Bay Sands to sell its bread-and-butter polyamide swim shorts printed with whimsical patterns. Prices for these start at S$260.

Vilebrequin, which turns 44 this year, is arguably the best-known name among brands specialising in luxury swim shorts. Other, more recent, contenders include the likes of Rio-based Frescobol Carioca, and Orlebar Brown, an English brand that offers a more tailored look.

Luxury swimwear by Vilebrequin

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