By Don Jurries
Born out of frustration over the mass produced boardshorts sold in surf shops across the country, new Australian surf brand Schade is offering something unique to the surfing community. Bringing together and supporting grassroots artists, Schade releases limited edition wearable artworks displayed on a range of surf-related clothing.
No design is ever produced in units of more than 100, capturing and ensuring uniqueness. New boardshort designs are not released to a schedule, but whenever Schade finds a new artist to showcase. Current featured artists include surfers Blake Lancaster and Colleen Hanley.
Conceived in late 2008, Schade boardshorts are still designed and run out of a shed in Victoria. Made of a two piece construction to minimise stitching, the current boardshort line includes three different styles: On the Knee, On the Knee Stretch and Above the Knee Scallop.
On the Knee is the signature style of the three, with a 21 inch outer leg length. Made out of 140 grams of 100% Polyester fabric, these boardshorts are lightweight, soft to the touch and quick to dry. Details include a zip and Velcro fly, with a side mesh welt pocket and Velcro closure.
The Above the Knee Scallop is a shorter version, with a 17 inch outer leg length. These boardshorts feature a contrast waistband, piping details and a batwing back pocket.
Schade has more recently extended their designs to include t-shirts, caps, and even surfboards, so you can always wear something unique to the beach. If you are an aspiring artist and think you have a design worth considering, Schade would love to hear from you.
The Schade boardshorts usually retail for A$79.95, but several designs are on sale for A$55.97 over on the company website.