Jan Jansen uses the orchid as source of inspiration
Delft, 31 July 2012 – Footwear designer Jan Jansen today presents the first sketch for his 2013 spring collection. This sketch shows the ‘Orchid Shoe by Jan Jansen’, inspired by the pot orchid. The ‘Orchid Shoe by Jan Jansen’ is easily recognisable because the shoe is covered with orchid flowers. In addition, the extremely high heel in the design is a reference to the powerful, elegant and timeless nature of the pot orchid. The shoe will be presented officially at the beginning of October.
Jan Jansen says about his design, ‘The orchid has always fascinated me, and when I heard that there is a genus of orchid called the Lady’s Slipper I knew I wanted to design a shoe inspired by that elegant plant. There are so many species and varieties of orchid, and each species has its own individually shaped flower, colours and unique markings. In the past few months I have surrounded myself with as many different orchids as possible in order to design this unique shoe. I think that in the Orchid Shoe I have managed to create a wearable work of art.
About Jan Jansen
Full of character. Self-willed and distinctive. This is the essence of Jan Jansen. His exceptional designs, based on a knowledge of traditional shoemaking and created with passion, are a source of inspiration. Jan Jansen has been designing unique footwear since the early 1960s. His designs are often ahead of their time and yet timeless, each one based on the correlation between last, sole and heel. After training at the renowned studios of Follie, D’Alco and Albanese in Rome, he started to develop his own collection, going on to work at various times for fashion houses such as Dior and Charles Jourdan. Every season, Jan and his team present a sparkling new collection. Jan Jansen’s shoes were even shown last July at the fashion show of Marga Weimans on the opening night of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Jan Jansen is one of the Netherlands’ best known footwear designers and has his own shops in Amsterdam, Heusden-Vesting, Nijmegen and Maastricht. His shoes are also sold in many outlets in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Visit www.janjansen.com for more information about Jan Jansen and his work.