Sunday, September 25, 2011

M-N Reviewed

Earlier this year I introduced you to a new brand called M-N hailing from Mauritius.  Today I'd like to take the opportunity to review one of the products from the AZURE range, specifically their trunks.  For the purpose of this review I tried the Cherub trunk in blue

Starting with the fit, it is rather unique.  It is billed as a trunk, but the legs are not quite as long as standard trunks are.  In fact, when I was putting these on today for review I was debating whether they were technically trunks or briefs - the fit is somewhere in between.  From the front, the legs angle up a bit from the pouch as would briefs.  But from the back it is clear that these are trunks and not briefs as the fabric is cut more straight across as opposed to the more curved shape of briefs.  The rise is what I would bill as low-rise, but it is a nice comfortable low-rise that gives you the confidence that everything will stay put all day long.  

Moving on to comfort, the cotton elastane blend makes for a very soft fabric.  The pouch has enough room that you don't feel squashed.  But on the inside around the pouch there is an elastic band of the same material as the legbands that holds everything in place.  Now this is not like a enhancing strap or sling, it is completely attached to the interior of the pouch.  Rather it is there to ensure that the sides of the pouch stay tight and close to your body so that all the goods stay in place, while still allowing for a roomy pouch that is comfortable.  I think this is a really smart way of putting together a pouch, there is nothing artificial looking or feeling about it, it's just smart sewing/pattern making.  The waistband is thin and sits close to the body.  Made of soft elastic, I have no complaints about the waistband or legbands.  They all do their jobs well.

The style of this range is where it's really at.  As I explained in my brand profile, the AZURE range is the "fun range" of M-N's underwear.  It comes in a number of fun prints/patterns and colors.  Just sticking to the cherub trunks that I tried,  I really like the logo waistband with a metallic silver logo against a black background - it really makes for a classy and distinguished look above jeans.  The pattern is screen printed black silhouettes against a blue background making for a very crisp look.  You may ask why these are called cherub trunks, well there is a large cherub printed across the back.  And because the back has no seams, it makes for a perfect canvas for such a print.  The style of these undies makes them very unique, they aren't like anything anyone else is offering on the market.  

These trunks are very well made.  I actually have a number of pairs, and all of them show great attention to detail both in the design process and in the manufacturing process.  There are no loose seams or threads.  Everything is done perfectly.  The high quality is sure to last for a very long time.  Also, the fabric is printed in a special process that does not fade or get funky after washing, it is a part of the fabric.  At £32 (~$50 USD) they're rather expensive.  But for something so well made and so unique I think they're worth the investment for a pair or two. 

 MY RATING:
Overall, I give the M-N Azure Range Trunk a total score of 9 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 9 (out of 10) - Cross between brief and trunk.  Roomy pouch holds everything in place. 
COMFORT -- 9 (out of 10) - Soft, comfy fabric. 
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10) - Unique and fun look.  Won't find it anywhere else. 
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Well made. Great attention to detail. 
VALUE -- 7 (out of 10) - On the expensive side but a good investment. 

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