The wetsuit for business meetings

April 22, 2015 | Surfing
True Wetsuits: Quiksilver gets really corporate | Photo: Quiksilver Japan

It's not haute couture, and it's not pret-a-porter. But they are certainly "True Wetsuits." Confused? Quiksilver Japan launched the first ever suit that can be worn on business occasions, parties, and in surfing. Even more confused?

Let's see. The jacket and pants are made of a 2mm super high-stretch jersey neoprene, the same fabric used to make regular wetsuits. The parts are joined with glued and blind-stitched seams (GBS), a method especially developed for wetsuit production. The pinholes do not penetrate the fabric to prevent water from coming inside the wetsuit.

The pockets are designed flat to prevent them from catching water while surfing. The breast pockets have been designed specifically for use outside the water.

The inside pocket on the left breast of the jacket is designed with a fastener and drain hole, to store any electronic devices in business situations, and the outside pocket on the same breast is designed with a slit and space to carry a handkerchief.

Two antique silver buttons are used on the front of the jacket, and plastic dot buttons are used on the cuffs.

The shirt has been designed with a dress shirt silhouette and a crisp collar to create a formal impression. The shirt is made of a fabric designed for surfing, and the placket is closed with a fastener to prevent water inflow. It appears formal but is equipped with details that make it suitable for water surfing.

Like the jacket, the tie is also made of a 2mm super high-stretch jersey neoprene. Sublimation transfer printing is used to adorn the tie with a delicate design suited for business and party situations. The fabric is also pressed in a special process to make it thinner and easier to tie.

"True Wetsuits" are available with three styles: black, navy, and tuxedo, that is appropriate even for business occasions after surfing. The black and navy models feature a single-breasted two-button jacket that can be worn casually.

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