Jan-Jan Van Essche is a 2003 graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, winning several grand prizes including the prestigious Dries van Noten award. Unlike most designers, he designs and produces one full collection a year, he proposes the wearer annual wardrobes to be worn throughout the year by layering up and down, adapting oneself to the seasons as they pass by. We, as our name would suggest, particularly like this seasonless aspect of Jan-Jan’s collections.
In June 2010 he launched his first collection, COLLECTION#1 ‘YUKKURI’, Japanese for ‘taking it easy’. A concept capturing the philosophy behind his approach to create contemporary fashion. Since then he has successfully produced two annual collections, COLLECTION#2 – SATTA AMASSAGANA (2011) and COLLECTION#3 – IN AWE (2012. On June 28th COLLECTION#4 – UHURU SASA was presented during Paris Fashion Week (Men’s).
Alternating with his annual wardrobes, Jan-Jan Van Essche presents PROJECTS. Autonomous concepts claiming their own identity alongside his annual wardrobes, emphasizing the philosophy of Jan-Jan Van Essche’s personal view on menswear.
The Jan-Jan van Essche aesthetic can be perceived as one influenced by all of the world’s corners, blending together in a discrete symbiosis of western and ethnic traditions in fashion. The combination of his particular but natural loose forms, refined patterns and usage of natural colors are important keys in the Jan-Jan Van Essche story. A story encouraging universal freedom to the wearer of his garments.