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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.

    Jan-Jan Van Essche, unlike most designers, 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.

    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.

    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."







    (Images from SZ-mag)

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    I find him to be the most interesting new person alongside Aitor Throup. I really like his obsession with old garment patterns, construction techniques, dyeing techniques, etc. while making clothes that are for this time. Still haven't had the chance to see his work up close unfortunately.

    Here are two articles about him.
    http://allitemsloaded.com/item/2013-...e#.Uu7x3XnlfEx
    http://www.coffeeklatch.be/en/interv...jan-and-piëtro

    He seems to have a very low production run currently, although there are many new stockists listed on his website for the upcoming season so maybe that will change at least somewhat.

    Rizm Closet has some photos of individual items.
    http://rizmcloset.com/closet/product...ategory_id=157
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    i went out to take garbage out and froze my tits runnin down stairs , think im gonna chill at home tonite . hungry tho anyone have cool ideas on what to order for supper , not pizza tho sick of pizza

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    are there collection photos for this? like more of them, interested in them

    seems like they are only doing it in small runs

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    There are lookbooks for all of his collections to date on www.janjanvanessche.com
    Quote Originally Posted by jogu View Post
    i went out to take garbage out and froze my tits runnin down stairs , think im gonna chill at home tonite . hungry tho anyone have cool ideas on what to order for supper , not pizza tho sick of pizza

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    I visited Jan-Jan's showroom in Paris. The clothes looked very good, but they are challenging, mostly because a lot of it is very, very loose.

    The fabrics are really beautiful though and there is a lot of handwork, all made in Belgium, very high quality stuff.
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    Looks rather interesting indeed.

    The price point seems rather reasonable considering the stuffs made in Belgium? Can it be true, an upcoming designer not charging 1k+ for t-shirts? Surely, it must be a hoax...
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