Jan Jansen

Jan Jansen, the Master of Shoe Design, is very familiar with international recognition in the form of international exhibitions and many awards. The designs of Jan Jansen are praised in particular for their combination of comfort and Avant-Gardism. They are acclaimed as consumer items or art objects.

Jansen’s shoes have been exhibited in renowned museums in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Japan. In 1966 Jan Jansen was the first industrial designer who exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Various designs have also been purchased by the Contemporary Craft Museum in New York and the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam. In 2007 Christie’s in Amsterdam auctioned a part of Jan’s unique collection. Recently Jan Jansen celebrated his 50th anniversary in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The clientele of the designer includes many celebrities, including Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Because he often appeared in international fashion magazines, books and catalogues, the Jan Jansen brand has built up a large cultural capital. ‘The crazy shoe maker’, according to the Italian magazine Vogue.

Portrait by Charlotte Visser.


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