Yukkuri by Jan-Jan Van Essche
Jan-Jan Van Essche (1980), a Fashion Academy graduate, born and raised in Antwerp just launched his first men’s collection Yukkuri. After his graduation in 2003, he won several prices including the prestigious Dries Van Noten and FFI price. Now Jan-Jan is ready and set to go. But this will be on his own pace.
After all his first collection is titled Yukkuri; translated as 'slow' or 'taking it easy' in Japanese. Jan-Jan’s collection offers a mindset or even a lifestyle of easiness, a mixture of ethnic values and influences adapted to his experience of our modern times and city life. By using embroidery, braiding and weaving technics, Jan-Jan takes it slowly but surely. All is made in Belgium and all his pieces are individually numbered in small limited series. The collection is available at Atelier Solarshop, a platform for young creatives. The former solar panel shop in the centre of Antwerp offers young designers and artists a multifunctional space which can be used an atelier, gallery or showroom. As from September 1st they will also have their second POP-UP where they will be presenting a new selection of objects and items by international, up & coming artists and designers. Fashion, jewelry, art, contemporary and vintage design. POP-UP will last for 5 weeks till October 9th.