KUYICHI believes in the inspiring vision of the next generation of denim professionals, therefore we collaborate with the second year class of the Jeanschool in Amsterdam! Now that the KUYICHI x JEANSCHOOL Collaboration has nearly come to an end we’ve visited the Jeanschool one last time. We’ve checked with the students and their designs one last time, this same day Çalik denim gave an inspiring lecture about sustainability within their company. During our visit we had the pleasure of interviewing Isabelle and Stef again. This time we’ve talked about their process, challenges and their view on sustainability.
One month ago we’ve introduced you to the KUYICHI x JEANSCHOOL Collaboration on our blog. Are you curious about the aim of our collaboration and the concept of the students? Check it here.
HOW DID YOU PROCEED AFTER KUYICHI’S FIRST VISIT?
ISABELLE CLAASSEN: From our starting point of Modern Utility we began with creating our individual mood boards, sketches and designs. Each student created multiple designs from which we all chose one to add to our collection. We’ve sourced fabrics from Calik Denim and right now we are working on our patterns and prototypes. This morning we’ve started with a cancellation meeting in which we’ve discussed the range plan, concepts and designs. We decided whose designs will be produced and whose don’t meet the expectations and therefore won’t be achievable for us. After getting our final feedback we’re busy with creating and adjusting the designs!
HOW WILL YOU WORK TOWARDS THE FINAL COLLECTION FROM HERE?
ISABELLE CLAASSEN: Our collection will be finished in one-and-a-half-week. Thursday the 8th of October we will visit Denim City at the Hallen in Amsterdam. Here we can create washes on our designs using several innovating recourses they have. We have designed these washes ourselves and Denim City is giving us the possibility of experiencing the process with our own hands.
STEF REIJNIERSE: From now on our priority is to create samples that are clean and on point, so we can fully grab all the opportunities given to us at Denim City. We want to be proud of our designs and create a coherent collection. Due to the range plan and cancellation meeting of this morning we can make sure our collection is a whole.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED AND WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING SO FAR?
STEF REIJNIERSE: Some students have created patterns themselves and others worked with a base pattern. Creating patterns myself was a big challenge for me. This is always a tough process, but very interesting as well. Due to this I’ve learned that it’s important to always have a plan. I have to decide what I want, what my goal is and how I will achieve this. Also, it was very challenging to make sure that I immediately can continue working on the next step after finishing the previous.
ISABELLE CLAASSEN: I fully agree with Stef. Our starting point of creating an overall concept started smooth and well. Creating a coherent collection with twenty students is challenging, for we all have our own ideas and ways of working. Creating our own sketches and mood boards was great to do, as always. Though our biggest challenge layed ahead; creating designs that all fit with each other. This assignment was the first time we’ve worked with an overall collection, designed by us all. We’ve learned a lot during this process.
DID YOUR VIEW ON SUSTAINABILITY CHANGE DURING THIS COLLABORATION?
ISABELLE CLAASSEN: During this process we had wash trainings at Denim City every second Thursday. We’ve dived deeper into wash processes, chemicals and wash possibilities. This process of creating your own wash and experiencing it with your own hands makes you think. We understand how much water and chemicals are being used while washing denim. This triggers your mind to think about new solutions and possibilities.
The students’ final designs will be exhibited during the Kingpins Show the 28th and 29th of October, at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. After experiencing all the great progress the students have made and the skills they’ve learned Kuyichi is looking forward to check their final collection. Since they have combined their passion and love for denim with very hard work, the collection isn’t less than very promising!