Just recently, we were approached by French fashion label DIOR to create a top of the line wetsuit collection as a part of their beachwear capsule for Summer 2023.
Yea, the suits are a little out of the price range and comfort zone of our core customer, but that’s luxury fashion. Maybe the suits end up being worn by celebrities on mega Yachts, driving Ferrari’s, and surfing private session at the wave ranch. One thing for sure these are amazing surfing wetsuits made by real surfers and it was fun to be challenged to create the highest quality, best functioning wetsuits produced by hand in Japan by our friends at Axxe for one of the world’s top luxury fashion houses. The famous Christian Dior.
Vissla was honored to work alongside Dior Artistic Director Kim Jones to present a wetsuit collection that combines innovation, couture style, and respect for the environment. Inspired by a deep tie with nature, Dior looked to Vissla to collaborate on a completely original wetsuit collection produced in small batches featuring proprietary quick dry recycled jersey fabrics, custom recycled hollow fiber thermal liner, and the finest Japanese foam. The collection is part of Dior’s Beachwear Capsule. For the second year running, Dior has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization and collaboration network taking action against major ocean threats, with a strategy called Parley AIR: Avoid, Intercept, Redesign, Together, they have conceived a committed Beachwear Capsule that reflects the House’s desire to move towards a more eco-innovative, sustainable future for fashion.
“It’s not often that one of the world’s greatest luxury fashion brands reaches out because they admire products we create at Vissla,” said Rob McCarty, VP Vissla Design. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I set out to collaborate and design the finest handmade surfing wetsuits in the world for Dior. It’s all about the team. We created wetsuit designs with the right fit, function, and materials. The Dior design team styled it as only a French fashion brand could and our expert manufacturing partner Axxe Wetsuits, produced each wetsuit by hand to perfection in their facility in Japan.”
The marquee wetsuit of the collection is the 3mm fullsuit that features the Hybrid U-zip entry system for ease of entry and elimination of flushing, Dior “CD Diamond Jaquard” thermal torso lining made of recycled polyester for warmth, and GBS seams for maximum sea and performance. It’s arguably the most comfortable, functional wetsuit on the market. The collection also includes a spring suit and Zip front wetsuit jacket using the same unique materials for warmer climates.
The Dior x Vissla wetsuit and full Dior Beach Capsule is only available on Dior.com and at select Dior boutiques.
Meanwhile, our full line of great Vissla wetsuits is available from our retail partners and online at the usual affordable prices.