Akonite aims to produce durable objects that respect the environment, as well as the local French and European economy. It was the year 2004 and Alexandre Fougea, still an engineering student at Arts et Métiers and passionate about gliding and composite materials, created the first model of water skis in carbon fibre, at the request of skiers.
The skis are the lightest on the market (1.2 kg for the smallest ones) and after creating numerous prototypes the C4 model becomes the first product of the Akonite brand.
Already in 2006 the first French wakeskateurs, which until then were sponsored by American brands, approached Akonite to develop 100% French models, resulting in the manufacture of Pierre Atruz's pro-model. (Junior French Champion).
In 2007 Akonite moved to Paris. Alexandre chooses the Bastille district for its skateboarding culture and creative tradition. This street space becomes a boutique where Akonite products and friendly brands are sold. A real meeting point, where events, repair shop and modelling of new models come together, the brand develops and the human team grows.
It is during this year that Akonite produces promodels for international skiers such as Clementine Lucine who is the winner of the world championships as well as the French Wakeskaters who win this year national and European titles with the models developed especially for them by Akonite.
Thanks to the experience acquired, Akonite continues to develop other product ranges such as snowboarding boards, slalom skates, sleds and unique models of boards for indoor practice on artificial waves.
Akonite's ability to develop sports equipment in advanced materials is attracting the interest of major brands such as Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga. Renowned designers such as Patrick Jouin and Matthieu Lehanneur have also requested collaboration with the brand.
Akonite has thus become a design laboratory, operating in a wide variety of fields such as furniture, haute couture and industrial design. With the incorporation in 2013 of internationally renowned artist Xavier Veilhan and creates a limited series of 12 pairs of biocomposites, using vegetable fibers in its composite materials.
It was the year 2004 and Alexandre Fougea, still an engineering student at Arts et Métiers and passionate about gliding and composite materials, created the first model of carbon fibre water skis.
After developing the idea and creating Akonite, Alexandre also became a professor in the Design Objet section of the Department of Decorative Arts in Paris. He then devoted himself entirely to this field and founded his creative studio, mixing engineering and design.