Stay adventurous. It’s a mantra we learnt from Karl Ndieli (aka @karl_shakur) and it’s something we, at Orlebar Brown, have decided to live by.
Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. We might not be risking life and limb every day on jungle treks and daring climbs, but there’s something to be said for staying curious and embracing the unknown wherever we are in the world.
A new collaboration between Orlebar Brown and Morgan Motor Co has led the way for an iconic, and remarkably stylish, three wheeled adventure.
Intrigued? Join us on an exploration in style with Karl Shakur as he embarks on a journey in the brand new OB x Morgan Super 3.
First class comfort
As a photographer, visual artist, and creative, Karl travels. A lot. So it’s hardly surprising that he’s particular about his travel attire. Don’t be fooled by Karl’s dazzling Instagram grid, there’s nothing glamorous about lugging heavy camera equipment around, sitting through flight delay after flight delay and braving inner-city traffic in a hot taxi.
But Karl knows how to dress for comfort while maintaining his smooth, laid-back style.
Organic 100% cotton is a must-have for long journeys to keep you feeling fresh. Smooth, natural fibres like linen, cashmere, and merino wool also come in useful, nourishing the skin and protecting it from rapid changes in temperature and humidity.
If you’re looking for a classic black t-shirt or classic white t-shirt, opt for an OB-T, our signature 100% organic cotton men’s t-shirt, also available in lightweight linen. The tailored fit skims your body in just the right places for comfort and confidence. Pair your OB-T with Griffon linen trousers for a tailored aesthetic or go all-in comfort with our Duxbury contrast organic cotton sweatpants. Just the ticket for longer journeys.
A very stylish test drive
It’s not every day one test drives a brand new one-off, custom-designed version of the Morgan Super 3. Even for famously adventurous Karl Shakur, this was a brand new endeavour.
The car itself took inspiration from OB colours, tailored resort wear and the carefree feeling of being on holiday. The OB x Morgan Super 3 is fitted with 80s auto tech design features including cockpit controls, exhaust details, laser cut side mounting brackets and a canopy roof.
It’s safe to say Karl enjoyed himself, proving that there’s no better way to test drive an OB x Morgan motor than kitted out in head to toe Orlebar Brown resort wear. The outfit is complete with a Terry towelling tailored polo shirt, available in eighteen ocean inspired colours.
The OB x Morgan Super 3 will be made available to OB and Morgan Motor clients to drive around the world in 2023. Keep an eye on our social channels to be first in line.
Whether he’s test driving one-of-a-kind motors or traversing mountains for the perfect shot, Karl is rarely stationary. His wardrobe needs to take him from a board meeting to a shoot location whether that be the middle of the desert, or waist deep in the waves.
Adaptable, versatile pieces are key to Karl’s capsule wardrobe. When it comes to button down shirts, linen is the material of choice. It weathers beautifully, looking rustic rather than crumpled after a day of location hopping.
Always time for a swim
It’s no coincidence that Karl took the OB x Morgan Super 3 straight to the beach. He’s relaxed and assured on the sand, letting the sea lap his ankles as he snaps beautiful sunrise views over the ocean.
When you’re this comfortable on the beach, beautifully tailored swim shorts are a must have. Taking designer swim shorts to the next level, Orlebar Brown’s men’s swim shorts are carefully and exquisitely tailored for comfort and an exacting fit.
Embrace that holiday feeling by choosing the Solo Fantasy print on our signature Bulldog mid-length swim shorts. Alternatively, choose from the bold block colours which our Setter short swim shorts are available in. Browse our full collection of shorts-you-can-swim-in to find your favourite length, colourway, fit, and tailoring aesthetic.
Ever the trailblazer, Karl opted for the Bulldog x Fenella Mid-Length Swim Shorts, available in calming navy and cloud jacquard. These luxury swim shorts are crafted with an innovative quick dry fabric and elevated with signature OB side fasteners to complete the informal look.
Snap them up
It would be impossible for us to write about a partnership between Orlebar Brown and Karl Shakur without mentioning our #SnapShorts. Turn your favourite photograph into a perfectly personalised pair of OB swim shorts.
It’s a means of capturing and immortalising holiday memories, and letting them live on year after year (our Five-Year Guarantee makes sure of that). Design your own pair or gift a voucher to a loved one so they can get creative with their own snap of choice.
Unsure which photograph to choose? We think Karl may have some ideas.
When it comes to staying adventurous, we’re taking a leaf out of Karl’s book, already planning our 2023 getaways. And whether we’re summiting Mont Blanc or leafing through the cocktail menu poolside in Bali, we’ll be doing it in beautifully tailored Orlebar Brown resort wear and ICE technical pieces.
We hope that our collaboration with Morgan Motor Company will entice you to explore new lands and experiences, and that Karl will inspire you to do it in style.
Stay curious and the adventures will come to you.