Photography by Ape to Gentleman

Earlier this year Ape to Gentleman were invited to Lake Como, Italy by Mc Alson, a gentlemen’s boxer short brand from Gent, Belgium- to create our own unique Ape to Gentleman boxer short.

Lake Como

Lake Como

Mc Alson is a family owned business, founded in 1997, when Pierre Deren decided there was a need for more comfortable mens underwear. His focus was best possible quality and fit, whilst maintaining corporate and social responsibility. On top of this- Pierre’s children work in the business and are actively involved with all aspects of every collection.

Mc Alson house designs

Mc Alson house designs

With modern and eccentric designs the Mc Alson brand is trendy and adventurous. And there’s something for every season with several designers working on collections that match the mood of the moment. Young or old, there are options for classic or avant garde tastes.

The unique Mc Alson interior support system

The unique Mc Alson interior support system

What makes Mc Alson really different? Well, the most important feature of each boxer short is the fine quality cotton support system which makes the Mc Alson boxer unique, and comfier than anything we’ve ever worn.

Our Collaboration

Caroline, Paolo (designer) and Pierre

Caroline, Paolo (designer) and Pierre

Flying out to Lake Como, myself and Eli Ankutse of JOSHUA’s Magazine were greeted by the Mc Alson family; Pierre, Caroline and Thibaud- three of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. All three were to lend their experience to help us design the Ape to Gentleman Mc Alson boxer short alongside French blogger Arnaud Chanteloup of Verygoodlord – an equally delightful man.

Paolo, Arnaud and Thibaud debating design choices

Paolo, Arnaud and Thibaud debating design choices

The Ape to Gentleman boxer short with invisible inside support are woven in pure cotton fibre with an elasticised waistband closed by two buttons. There is an open fly which is closed by one button, with side splits and a three piece back side cut for comfort. To the front is the Mc Alson signature tab and on these particularly shorts our design of course.

Mc Alson x Ape to Gentleman

Mc Alson x Ape to Gentleman boxer short

Mc Alson x Ape to Gentleman boxer short

We opted for, in light of the searing Italian heat and summer weather a cool blue and white horizontal-striped design with the Ape to Gentleman logo weaved into the stripes. Perhaps subconsciously inspired by the blue waters of Lake Como.

Mc Alson x Ape to Gentleman boxer short- close up

Mc Alson x Ape to Gentleman boxer short- close up

Verygoodlord

The Verygoodlord boxer short

The Verygoodlord boxer short

Equally handsome are the Verygoodlord designs- emblazoned with Arnaud’s logo and a unique red and navy coloured pattern.

Availability

Both limited edition pairs are available from mcalsonline.com now, priced €35 (around £30) a pair. Shipping from €8.70 to the UK and free over €100.