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Karmaloop The Buyer Wire: Mike West of 686

HYPEBEAST fam Mike West of snowboarding brand 686 hooks up with Karmaloop TV to speak regarding some upcoming releases from his innovative collaborative “Times” project. From a quick look into his history, Mike West delves more...

New Balance x 686: The NB686 Super Nova Collection

Continuing on with New Balance and 686′s innovative partnership scheme, we see the creation that cradles the lines of both the sneaker and snowboard world. The high-tech performance offerings of 686 can be seen adapted for use in some inter...

686 x New Balance 2009 Fall/Winter Collection

Bringing together two independent American brands, snowboard-centric 686 teams up with New Balance on an upcoming capsule for the 09-10 fall/winter season. Throughout the collection, you’ll find relevant touches to each respective brand wit...

New Balance MT580 Snowboard Boot & 686 Office Visit

Bobby Hundreds takes us on another office visit as he hits up headquarters of California’s 686. The independently owned and operated company headed by our good-friend Mike West features some great artistic works with their custom jackets re...

WestFamShow: Mike West of 686

The creative mind and driving force behind snowboard company 686, founder Mike Akira gives us a run-down of the company courtesy of the HayFamShow. From its roots to its present state as a highly competitive and innovative snow brand, West delves...

“in MY eyes” – Installation 2

Taking art and his dedication to technical outerwear to new levels of visual communication, 686 founder Michael Akira West began the “in My eyes” as a new outlet for creativity last year beginning with an installation inspired by Lego...

New Balance x 686 Times Line 2009 Fall/Winter Pants

Announced earlier this year, snowboard specialists 686 made New Balance the next participant in their Times Line, the companies annual collaboration program. Working up some innovative product releases, both companies look to set a standard in te...

Levi’s x 686 The Times Limited Edition Box

Earlier this year, the Levis and 686 presented a collection that would effectively present an intersection of the world’s quintessential denim brand Levi’s with the technical, snowboarding-driven 686 brand. Together the two would comb...

Levi’s x 686 The Times 2008 Fall/Winter Collection

For the last five years, the The Times collection has resulted in numerous team-ups on the backs of 686′s vision of combining some of the world’s most influential brands alongside their very own snowboard orientated roots and lifestyl...

“in MY eyes” – Installation 1

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 rela...

686 ARD 2008 Fall/Winter Collection

For your off-mountain nights out, snowboard brand 686 has developed their ARD (After-Ride) side of things as the collection revolves around wearable pieces which feature a less technical aspect as well as offering their own interpretations on cla...

New Era x 686: The Times Line

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To celebrate 15 years of technical innovation inspired by the mountains and the LA lifestyle, 686 teamed up with headwear maker New Era to create a series of products marking this milestone event. Embracing the snowboarding background of 686, a...