The rapid rise of athleisure sparked a shift in dressing that’s prompted many an employee to test the limits of office dress codes everywhere by wearing gym clothes to work. Now, surf and snowboarding company Quiksilver is taking the term “business casual” to a whole new level with the launch of True Wetsuits, a collection of men’s suits designed to go straight from the board to the boardroom.
Available only in Japan, the suit comes in three amphibious styles—a single-breasted model in black or navy and a black tuxedo—made from two-millimeter-thick high-stretch jersey neoprene, the same fabric used to make regular wetsuits. Pockets are sewn flat and glued and blind-stitched seams keep water out. A waterproof shirt is made from recycled four-way stretch DryFlight fabric and finished with stain-resistant Scotchguard. Even the tie is waterproof.
“I wanted this product to be a genuine suit, which has genuine functionality not only as a wetsuit but also as a business suit,” said factory manager Satoshi Terai in a behind-the-scenes video at C.World, which manufactured the suits.
Each prototype took two months to develop, as noted by Quiksilver Japan brand director Shin Kimitsuka, “As your lifestyle changes, you have less and less time to go surfing. I thought it would be interesting to offer this product as a new solution to deal with that issue.”
Priced at 300,000 Japanese yen (about $2,500), excluding tax, each made-to-order suit takes roughly two months to deliver. Not convinced? See it in action here.