Founded in Sapporo, Japan in 2002 by Kaname Nagaoka, South2 West8 began as a retail shop before becoming a designer of some of the finest outdoor-driven gear available. A branch of NEPENTHES, the umbrella company behind Engineered Garments and Needles amongst others, the brand is inspired by Nagaoka's own interest in Tenkara, a traditional form of Japanese fly-fishing. South2 West8 offers a range of garments and accessories designed around angling and other beloved outdoor activities many of which are produced in the striking custom patterned textiles that have become the label's hallmark. With few exceptions, all of their apparel and accessories are designed and produced in Japan with consistent attention to detail and technical functionality.