Jan-Jan Van Essche is a menswear designer from Antwerp, Belgium.
He is a 2003 graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp,winning several grand prizes including the prestigious Dries Van Noten award.

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 creating contemporary fashion.

Since Jan-Jan Van Essche, unlike most designers, designs and produces one 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. 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. In addition, each garment by Jan-Jan Van Essche is produced in limited series before launching each collection, preserving exclusivity and creating off-the-shelf collections with individually numbered pieces.

COLLECTION#2 –‘SATTA AMASSAGANA’ meaning ‘give thanks’ in Amharic, is Jan-Jan’s second collection, launched in June 2011. A chapter of continuation in personalizing his shapes, resulting in unstrained masculine volumes, this wardrobe offers a desaturated color palette accentuating the feeling of one being in a desert landscape, still maintaining the freshness of each garment.

COLLECTION#3 - ‘IN AWE’, launched on June 29th 2012, brings discrete elements of oriental nostalgia and tranquility into the wearer’s wardrobe. Each garment is carefully and intentionally constructed to maintain its own independence, while sharp-cut volumes are delicately layered to flow into one another,emphasizing the contrasts in textures of fabrics. The natural yet bright indigo blends in, overwhelms and deepens the silhouettes, obstructing a monotone color palette.

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