Stoked! The Beams Plus x Mr. Porter Surfing Weejun Shorts


There are plenty of embroidered shorts out there, but little tennis rackets or crossed golf clubs are a bit mundane.

But yesterday I finally found the perfect pair that seems like it was made just for me. After all, how many other surfing Weejun-wearers could there be?

If you can’t quite figure out the motif, here it is on a t-shirt:


That’s right, it’s a dude surfing on a pair of penny loafers. Unfortunately my stoke was ruined by the price tag.

These clever shorts are part of an exclusive collection for Mr. Porter by Japanese Americana brand Beams Plus. The label even says “The Surf Ivy.”

Unfortunately the shorts are $215, which is more than I sold my longboard for when I left LA.

For more on Beams Plus and its place in the Japanese Ivy world, check out this accompanying story at Mr. — CC

19 Comments on "Stoked! The Beams Plus x Mr. Porter Surfing Weejun Shorts"

  1. $215 for wash pant constructed shorts? WTF!

  2. Looks more Alden 986ish to me.

  3. Gone too far.

  4. A fool and his money soon part. Union Made carries Beams as well I thought

  5. I don’t get it. Surfing a loafer? Frayed edges?

  6. It’s suppose to be clever. Somehow. I think.

  7. When a clothing lines core value is sameness, a designer has no other recourse but to crank out such enticements to get someone to “buy” something! How do you market the exact same shirts, pants, OCBD’s etc, year after year without straying into dangerous territory like Red Fleece, York St, Rugby and Thom Browne? These basic chino shorts will sell for $215 because you want so badly to be the first kid on your Trad block to own them. Beyond that, there is no reason to purchase these pants….none. No?

  8. Do you actually like these? Frayed edges strike me as anathema to the Ivy look.

  9. Christian | May 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

    I do. Do you surf, and have you seen “Take Ivy”?

  10. AWaspySoutherner | May 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm |

    I find nearly all shorts to be far too long. A six or seven inch inseam is perfect.

  11. This is what I’ve been dreaming of forever, an ivy-league look screaming California beach. However, what the Hell is going on with the stupid, ridiculous, and outlandish high prices?? TOTALLY INSANE!! I too was thinking it could be one of my few purchases of the summer. Sad.

  12. Hate to suggest but lit would appear that we have alas “jumped the shark”.

  13. Philly Trad | May 17, 2013 at 8:09 am |


    I’m afraid that I didn’t understand your comment. I thought that “jumping the shark” meant being out of fresh, new ideas.

    Does the “we” in your comment refer to Brooks Brother, J Press and other manufacturers? If so, they are certrainly not out of new ideas. The problem is just the opposite: the keep coming up with too many new ideas, whereas many/most Ivy afficionados are perfectly pleased with sticking to traditional, classical, models, designs, colors, etc.

    If you meant that “we” to refer to readers of this blog, or to Ivt afficonados, I still don’t understand your comment.

    Could you elucidate? Thanks.

  14. Hmm, can’t say I’m familiar with this “Take Ivy.” Kidding. There definitely aren’t any embroidered shorts in the book, and I’m fairly certain the same can be said of frayed shorts. I’ve got a pair of shorts with frayed edges, but I assumed you would lump them into the pseudo/hipster-prep category. I can see how someone that surfs would be drawn to these, but that $215 price tag is too much, especially seeing that they’re only available in small, medium and large sizes.

  15. Christian | May 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

    There are cutoff shorts in “Take Ivy.”

  16. I stand corrected. Looks like there are cutoff shorts in Take Ivy. For what it’s worth, the only student wearing them is also sporting a pair of gladiator sandals.

  17. Richard the Lionhearted | May 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm |

    1. I like them, but…2. They go against the grain of my frugal prep framework, therefore…. 3. No sale.

  18. I’m sure these amusing faux cut-offs are de rigueur in Roppongi or Shinjuku. Or in the upper 30’s or Chelsea of Manhattan. You’ll never see them on me within a thousand miles of Trestles, Brooks, or County Line. Now, I MIGHT see the t-shirt with a red X through the design and a three-letter slur for gay men below it- surfing unfortunately attracting some rather puerile teenage mentalities- worn as a kind of protest against the corrupting influence of surfwear corporations. Nah, no wayz, bruddah.

  19. Christian | May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am |

    I just took a look at our traffic stats, and although this post did not receive a lot of comments, and most of them were negative at that, it was the most trafficked post over the past month.

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