Jan-Jan Van Essche (°1980) is born and based in Antwerp, Belgium. He graduated in 2003 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp and won several prices, including the prestigeous 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 create contemporary fashion.
COLLECTION#2 –‘SATTA AMASSAGANA’ meaning ‘give thanks’ in Amharic, is Jan-Jan’s second collection. A continuation of his previous work as his particular loose forms evolve naturally, resulting in unstrained masculine volumes, inspired by refined patterns, pure and ethnical shapes.
Unlike most designers Jan-Jan designs and produces one collection a year. His collections can be seen as annual wardrobes to be worn through the seasons by layering up and down. Each garment is produced before the launch of each collection, preserving exclusivity and creating off-the-shelf collections. All pieces are individually numbered and produced in limited series. A one size collection with most pieces being universal in size and sex.
Source: Jan-Jan Van Essche