THE HISTORY OF WILDSUITS
Wildsuits began in 2016 in Costa da Caparica, a surf town and beach on the outskirts of Lisbon in Portugal. Here, two ocean lovers met for the first time: Olivier Boileau and Antoine Pouvreau.
Quickly they fell under the spell of Portugal, of year round sun and waves, and the strong surf culture. They began dreaming of building their own company - a new surf brand that shared their morals, respect and value for the environment.
They had explored and researched many aspects of the surf industry and became increasingly interested in wetsuits, but were shocked to see the common use of highly polluting materials. Both men found this strange, as most surfers have a strong respect for nature, and the wetsuit industry seemed to be harming the very thing that was their playground; the ocean.
So, with the environment in mind, Olivier and Antoine began addressing this problem, and consequently, an idea was formed: create an eco-friendly brand of wetsuits that is accessible to all.
Nowadays it’s very complicated to create a completely eco-friendly brand, and it’s not a secret that Wildsuits isn't totally green! But 100% of Wildsuits’ efforts are focused on constantly evolving to become as eco-friendly as possible, consistently striving to find solutions in everyday tasks to minimise impact on the planet.
So, they set out to create the brand. Olivier and Antoine developed the first models of environmentally friendly wetsuits using an eco-friendly material, limestone neoprene. They first started by creating the 3/2 mm wetsuit suitable for temperate waters (from spring to autumn). Subsequently, they developed two other models: the 4/3mm and the 5/4mm for cooler waters.
We have built the Wildsuits brand around strong convictions that guide us throughout its development:
- To provide beginners through to professionals with the best experience in their water-sport activities, thanks to high quality wetsuits.
- To work with suppliers who respect good labour conditions in their factories, and who are also committed to eco-friendly practices.
- Offer a premium quality product that combines comfort, flexibility and durability.
- Create a community (The Wildsuits Family) around the Wildsuits brand. A community that advocates mutual aid and respect for the environment. This takes place on our social networks and through the many events organised by Wildsuits.
After a lot of work, Wildsuits is pleased to offer you premium quality wetsuits and sportswear that meet the expectations of its users by combining comfort, elasticity and durability.
For our brand, we chose a name that is recognisable and rememberable.
The name Wildsuits represents the sense of "being close to nature and energised by its power”
“On the wave, be wild” & “Out of the wave, behave” are our slogans. We believe the ocean allows you to revert to nature, making you forget the difficulties you face in life. In return, this will remind you to respect nature and the other people around you.
Wildsuits does not intend to limit itself to premium eco-friendly wetsuits. Over time, we also plan to develop a line of clothing and accessories. This collection will be developed in correspondence with our eco-friendly values and in compliance with Wildsuits ethics.Our wetsuits Our Actions