Jan-Jan Van Essche
The human collective culture remains an endless inspiration for Jan-Jan Van Essche to create new garments with each new design a genuine attempt to open up new perspectives and to push conflicting dialogues forward into unification. Jan-Jan Van Essche continuously aims to develop new insights on contemporary yet effortless male and genderless elegance. The conventional silhouette is amplified, so that each individual garment literally leaves room for interpretation, engendering openness. Unlike classic Western approach to confine and shape the body, Jan-Jan provides the body the luxury and freedom to shape the garment.
Jan-Jan Van Essche is born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he has his design studio. He's a 2003 graduate of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In June 2010 Jan-Jan Van Essche launched his eponymous label with COLLECTION#1 – ‘YUKKURI’, Japanese for ‘take it easy’ or ‘step by step’. This title also became his intrinsic and conceptual approach to contemporary wardrobes as a designer.
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