In 2002, Philip Curry, the designer behind Patagonia's now-discontinued Lotus line of lifejackets, decided to get back into the PFD business. He founded Astral Buoyancy to create the highest-quality product possible with cutting-edge design and the least environmental impact. Curry reintroduced kapok as natural fiber floatation into PFDs, recycled foam scrap from synthetic PFDs into dog beds and other products, and asked hard questions about his supply chain that drove design.
Now, Curry and team are branching into a new category—water shoes—with the same eye to quality and impact. Astral's Brewer, pictured above, is the first shoe in it's line.