At some point in your life, you’ve probably had to deal with The Big Man’s Curse – trying to fit into clothing that claims to be your size, but just doesn’t fit. Most companies simply upsize designs made for a mainstream body shape, and ask the plus size shopper to deal with it. In fact, it’s rare to come across a brand that makes clothing with your dimensions in mind. It’s even more rare to have a brand ask YOU for input on what you want out of what you’re wearing. New menswear brand Parker & Pine has done exactly that with their first product, the boxer brief.
Realizing that a majority of American men (and near half of Canadian men) are overweight, the gents at Parker & Pine set out to create a menswear line with the sole purpose of “designing contemporary clothing for men who live large.” In order to do it right, the company went directly to the source, by crowdsourcing input on fit and design from potential customers: guys like you.
Almost a year ago, we helped Parker & Pine (then UnderCover Apparel) spread the word about what they were trying to do, by asking readers to talk to them about their likes, dislikes, and frustrations with finding clothing in the style they want and the size they need. The company received great feedback, and set to work on their recently released boxer brief.
Parker & Pine boxer briefs are made to combat the issues that men of size regularly encounter when it comes to their drawers; they’re made with a breathable and soft tencel fabric and a non-slip waist. They offer a higher rise, with a mesh zone in the back, and a contour pouch in the front to offer better support and comfort where you need it most.
I put a pair of Parker & Pine boxer briefs to the test (the Ninja Black, for those who are curious). The fabric makes for a barely-there kind of feel, and true to their claim, the boxers stay in place without an issue.
It just so happened that the temperature was near 100 the day I conducted the test, and I did notice that I stayed relatively cool, especially compared to the big brand boxer briefs I used to pick up from Target in a pinch. It’s obvious they took their customer’s expectations into consideration when creating the product.
You can pick up your own pair of Parker & Pine boxer briefs in a variety of colors, including some limited edition summer-only hues for $29.00 at Parkerandpine.com. Not a bad price for boxers that are made to a bigger gent’s exacting specifications. Do you have a pair of Parker & Pine boxer briefs? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.