Michael Akira West is the founder of the technical outfitter, 686. The label was founded in 1992 as the result of a class project. Inspired by the founder's interests in skateboarding, snowboarding, vintage clothing and various musical genres 'from punk to rap and jazz, 686 is a label that melds form and function. 686 creates culture-infused outerwear and mountain-gear for the slopes, inspired by LA's city streets. Look to this label for distinct jackets and snow boarding pants made out of the latest high-spec sports materials.