Port Adelaide footballer Jack Watts and his childhood friends Adam Walsh and Jack Turner launched swimwear label Skwosh in 2015 with a collection of men’s board shorts in bright fruit prints.
“Adam is the brains, Wattsy is the handsome social butterfly and I’m the chunky creative,” Turner says. “I guess since launching Skwosh our goal was to never take ourselves too seriously and just keep it fun, fruity and tasty.”
Each season the trio releases a new set of limited-edition trunks in vibrant shades and tropical prints. And now, with the country in strict isolation, they’re encouraging us all to stay inside with a new range of unisex “Quaran-tees”.
“These uncertain times can be somewhat sombre, so we thought, ‘Why not have fun with it, get people laughing and put a smile on their dials?’” Turner says.
The team put a series of fun, isolation-inspired T-shirt designs to vote on Instagram. The winner, with over 350 votes, was the blue-and-pink Isolation Vacation, and the runner-up was the sky-blue Quarantine Dreams tee.
“The Quarantine Dreams idea actually came from a dream I had about being in a toilet-paper wonderland with the Kleenex puppy – it was awesome,” Turner says.
The two winners beat out three other slogans (Stay Inside for Future Vibes, Just Be Nice, and Good Things Take Time), and join a fleet of other T-shirts on the Skwosh site, each emblazoned with Aussie slang, such as Going Troppo, Bloody Ripper, You Beauty and the Ridgey Didge. Skwosh’s oversized, 100 per cent cotton T-shirts are all made in Melbourne.
While it’s possible some lockdown restrictions will be lifted in May, Turner has some advice to see us through the coming weeks.
“Stay safe, wash those hands, but make sure you check in on your mates and loved ones. Get social, send that message, jump on Skype, call your grandma, it’s the little things that count,” he says. “I personally enjoy eating some nuggets, watching Patrick Swayze films, and then topping it off by running a nice hot bath.”
The Quaran-tee collection launches on May 8. Both designs are $69. Pre-order yours here.