Despite the rather unsettled summer in Lebanon, it was business as usual at the iconic 1960s Sporting Club – or simply ‘Sporting’ if you’re a Gemayzeh resident.
The Sporting Club is one of Beirut’s unofficial monuments: a slab of concrete hugging the sea that overlooks the famous Pigeon Grotto, one of the preferred sites for postcard photographers from the days when Lebanon’s Riviera was in its heyday. Replete with its ageing locker rooms and plastic sun loungers, the 1960s beach club attracts a happy mix of old timers, sun worshippers and intellectuals who trade politics for a glass of arak under the sun. With no apparent plans to change its retro look, the Sporting is the perfect place for a nostalgic dive in the oriental waters of the Mediterranean and losing whole weekends with bottomless bottles of Bekaa Valley rosé.
Striped SHIRT by Liquor, Woman and Tears, swimming trunks by Naval Research, flip-flops by Havaianas, camera pouch by Porter, sunglasses by Oliver Peoples
Polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren, swimming trunks by Visvim, shoes by Louis Vuitton, bag by Valextra, ‘Biformeter’ watch by Linde Werdelin
Polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren, swimming trunks by Orlebar Brown, shoes by Visvim, hat by Barbisio, sunglasses by Oliver Peoples, ‘Biformeter’ watch by Linde Werdelin
Long-sleeved jumper by Drumohr, shorts by Incotex, shoes by Nike, ‘Biformeter’ watch by Linde Werdelin, sunglasses by Oliver Peoples
Polo shirt by Lacoste, shorts by Mabitex for Beams F, shoes by Vans, hooded top by Kashwére, sunglasses by Oliver Peoples
Cardigan by Napoleonerba, swimming trunks by Prada, shoes by Louis Vuitton
Cardigan by Gucci, swimming trunks by Nike, flip-flops by Havaianas
Swimming trunks and goggles both by Comme des Garçons x Speedo
T-shirt by Bottega Veneta, shorts by Polo Ralph Lauren, flip-flops by Havaianas, bag by Muji, ‘Biformeter’ watch by Linde Werdelin