Inspired by the Atlantic, La Paz offers handsome yet rugged staples in earthy and coastal colors. This wool bomber will keep you toasty after your swell session.
Moreda sherpa bomber, $264.75
With a long tradition of craftsmanship, Portugal’s become a hotbed for modern menswear
There's a place in Western Europe where the sun shines, the surf pumps and there's creativity in the air. Portugal has always been a great place to visit. Uncomplicated food fresh from the Atlantic, miles of beautiful sandy beaches and some of the world's best waves draw visitors from all over the world.
Portugal though is not resting on its laurels. Lisbon has become Europe's place to be for tech. The popular Web Summit is held there each year and startups have flocked to the city, taking advantage of the proximity to the beach and the international airport.
What interests us though, apart from our long held desire to visit the place and munch on pastel de nata, is that this spirit of innovation and adventure has extended to menswear. Where adventurers once set off westwards in search of foreign lands, now entrepreneurs and brands are coming here to tap into the spirit of creativity and the abundance of traditional craftsmanship.
The Portuguese countryside has always been home to some of the world's finest manufacturers. And now, with the adoption of new technology and renewable energy, these factories are more accessible and more productive than ever to brands wanting to marry style, sustainability and years of hard-earned expertise. Here are some brands doing exciting things in Portugal with our favorite pieces picked out for your pleasure.
Based on principle of functional minimalism, Ideal & Co. specializes in creating bags and accessories that provide everything you need and nothing you don't. These bags are handmade with the very best leather (tanned using only natural materials), sewn with exclusive selvedge canvas and finished with a label that's signed and dated by the artisan who made it.
Pedreira backpack, $284.93
Brothers Antonio and Manuel Magalhães come from a long line of fabric manufacturers. Which is why their label, Portuguese Flannel, has their shirts made by master craftsmen in the old towns of northern Portugal using traditional fabrics. They've eschewed trends to the point that they're on trend—since these shirts are sustainably made, avoiding any plastic and built to last years.
$123 / $85.98
Portugal is one of the world's top surf spots. With more than 497 miles of coastline, it boasts year-round surfing.