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JAN-JAN VAN ESSCHE

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sipang, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. sipang

    sipang Senior member

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    Jan-Jan Van Essche is a menswear designer from Antwerp, Belgium. He is a 2003 graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, 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. 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. 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 the Paris men’s fashion week.
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  2. NaTionS

    NaTionS Senior member

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    I've been getting more interested in the looser / drapey-er aesthetic and JJVS is definitely on my radar. Bought a long cardigan from the last collection, can't wait until it gets cold enough to wear it.

    A few stockists:

    http://ateliersolarshop.be/
    http://shop.ra13.be/
     
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    spacepope Senior member

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    Was the long cardigan the clunky linen/wool one? If so it's been on my radar for a while.

    Lots of nice pics here, never tried ordering. Also zekka
     
  4. sipang

    sipang Senior member

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    US stockist Table of Contents


    Looks like Suspension Point is going to carry FW13 too.
     
  5. NaTionS

    NaTionS Senior member

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    No it was this one. IIRC it's 100% wool (maybe a bit of cashmere?)

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  6. BreezyBirch

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    Guy Burgess posted a very nice fitpic of that knit in charcoal some time ago - looks awesome


    edit: oh, werd. still neat
     
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  7. NaTionS

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    I think his was a different knit, less chunky and longer but yes, also very nice.

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    Said fit pic.
     
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    As part of this year's Belgium theme, Opening Ceremony is carrying Jan-Jan. Not sure which collection it is. Some of the same pieces can be found on Table of Contents right now, I think.
     
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    Fall 14 Preview​


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    this and e tautz are the best of fw14 i've seen so far. this is wonderful.
     
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    Don't recall seeing this on here before, so here it is

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    Jan Jan Van Essche - Proceed

    Intrigued and inspired by the West-African Ewe and Ashanti Kente wefts in combination with a trip to Japan, Project #1: Proceed arised and was launched on January 18th 2013.After creating one single square blanket, carefully stitched by hand,patchworks of various high quality fabrics were manufactured and integrated in a series of wearable pieces.
     
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    A lot of Project #2 is coming online: Table of Contents, H Lorenzo, etc.
     
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    Recently lucked into the cardigan JJVE did for collection 2 (Satta Amassagana)
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    In the best way possible its a complete monster, chunkier than anything else ive ever seen (70% merino, 30% cashmere). Its like wearing all the blankets at grandma's house. JJVE's creation demanded more information! So I emailed some JJVE employees and got this response:

    All I want for now is an end to summer...
     
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  17. ghdvfddzgzdzg

    ghdvfddzgzdzg Senior member

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    that's nuts. whats it fit like / fitpic?
     
  18. WBaker

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    First cooler day ill take some actual fit pics!
     
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  19. Watashidake

    Watashidake Senior member

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    Ordered this emerald drawstring sweater from collection #4

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    Piétro at Atelier Solarshop was a pleasure to deal with, really helpful and wishing me good use out of the piece in the future, giving a prompt VAT refund, and maintaining communication throughout. When it arrived, he included some lookbooks from Uhuru Sasa and Redeem (which are all shot by Piëtro, and so well-constructed, they fold out like huge posters) as well as a lovely hand-written postcard. A+ service, and Atelier Solarshop just updated with a lot of stuff from Redeem, including the breathtaking Yak knits, so check it out!

    The sweat itself is absolutely beautiful, really light-weight and airy feel to it, texture sort of like looped terry in a really soft cotton-wool blend. It's a great transeasonal - perfect in summer by itself, wore it with a wool gaberdine coat from Yohji today since it was quite windy.

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    Absolutely in love with it, hands-down the comfiest item of clothing I own, and I'll certainly be buying more from Jan Jan in the future
     
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  20. Watashidake

    Watashidake Senior member

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    And here's what especially piqued my interest in his work, these two videos

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    You can hear Jan Jan talk about the materials he uses, some of his interesting patterncutting, and the inspiration behind it. Well worth watching!


    Also, WBaker, sell me that cardigan!
     
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