Posted In: Ocean


  • PHOTOS: Max Houtzager
  • VIDEO: Amado Stachenfeld
  • LOCATION: Shonan, Japan

A visit to the Axxe Classic wetsuit factory just outside Tokyo in Shonan reveals the collective care and attention to detail that goes into each panel and seam, suit by suit. 

Passion is what unites us around a common cause; the things we do best tend to be those we care about most. A product does not receive the attention it deserves when it is simply the means to an end, a vehicle for profit and consumption as opposed to an art. At Axxe Classic, a small number of employees collaborate to make wetsuits of unparalleled quality; each member plays a crucial role in the process. Their harmony comes from a shared dedication to craftsmanship —respect for their craft, but also for one another.