Mikaël Akira is a passionate skateboarder who found out in 1985, thanks to a friend, the existence of a new sport : snowboarding. In 1992, he has the opportunity to launch his own brand, specific to snowboarding, and more particularly in snowboard's technical wear. What was the idea ? Offering high-end products which were also innovative and fashionable. Feeling close to the urban culture, he took inspiration from his hobbies (such as punk, jazz and rap music) and his own tastes (vintage clothes) to make innovative collections. Nowadays, the 686 line contains technical wear, streetwear and accessories.