Who's behind it? The brain behind Danward is globetrotting designer Dan Ward. Born in the United States, Ward spent his youth in Japan and then built his career in Europe taking up menswear design duties at the likes of Hermès, Dunhill, Bally and Calvin Klein. Now residing in Florence, Italy, Ward struck out on his own last year, channelling his 20 years' of experience in luxury menswear into creating resort wear.

Why we love it: resort wear for men should be called "last resort wear" owing to the way it is so criminally overlooked. But throw out those horrid board shorts and thongs, guys: Danward has created elegant and luxurious attire that bears all the hallmarks of comfort and quality you would associate with its "Made in Italy" seal.

What we'd pick: we love the light green patterned one-button boxer swimwear (below left; HK$1,600) that comes in a retro short length. We are also big fans of the combo of navy blue T-shirt (HK$700) and patterned short-length boxer swimwear (both below right; HK$1,600).

Where can you get it? Danward is available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 3388.