For 686 founder and creative director Michael Akira West, throughout his inaugural collections till now, he always always sought to convey messages and themes for each season. However, new for 2008 he looks to create installations which find relation in 686′s most prized asset, their outerwear jackets. The ultimate goal is to use common items to create and inspire a series of jackets. Within Installation 1, Nathan Sayawa and his talents as a Lego artist are put to use to create an installation based off of 686′s Smarty Complete 2.5 Ply jacket. This is based off of Mike’s personal childhood interests in science and chemistry. Secondly is the Nautical Flags installation based on several dozen International Code Flags which was led to create a special interpretation of the womens Smarty Admiral jacket. Each flag was de-constructed into patchwork and then treated for performance properties and then constructed once again. The inspiration behind this piece was the global unities of water which is at the core of winter and summer technical apparels.