For INSIDE X BANK we ask one our Dutch designers five questions
about their opinion and their work. This edition features Spike Spijker
and Mies Splinter with their iconic fashion brand Jouez Les Enfants.
Jouez les Enfants is a brand made for accidental athletes. As they do not really believe
in fashion seasonsthey produce an ongrowing collection in menswear that combines
design items, unique handmade pieces and vintage items. All items are altered in their
studio in Amsterdam Noord. The collection contains strong sportswear influences, but
all on the level of ‘playing soccer with friends in the park’.
Who is your favorite X BANK designer, and why? (besides yourself of course)
We would say Vanderwilt, those beautiful leathers in amazing colors, it makes us want to make a leather version of every item in our own collection. Who knows…
What does it mean for you as a designer to have your products/collection at X BANK?
For us as a young brand it’s a wonderful opportunity to sell our collection at X BANK.
We see it as a great chance to spread our products all over the world, as the clients of
X BANK are very international. Also, it’s an honour to be part of the selected group of Dutch designers.
What is in your opinion typical for Dutch art, fashion and design?
It is conceptual and outspoken.
In recent years, people are talking about skirts for men. What is your opinion on this topic and what is all the fuss about?
We recently made a men’s skirt or actually a unisex skirt inspired by a Japanese hakama. The mens skirt is probably one of the last taboos in fashion. Most men are preoccupied and laugh about the men’s skirt because the mind says that it is a garment for women, they don’t look at it objectively. The skirt can be such a stylefull garment for men. That’s why men wore skirts in the early days and still do in non-western cultures, but at some point, we decided in our world that skirts were only for women.
We think everyone should be free to wear whatever they feel comfortable in. It will be
a very slow change, but more and more cool guys will wear skirts on the streets
and people will get used to it.
You have said that you do not believe in fashion seasons and have decided to make an ‘ongrowing’ collection. Can you tell us more about this concept?
We build this collection the same way we buy our own clothes, we add some nice pieces each time we see a beautiful item. And we don’t throw it out at the end of the season.
The JLE collection is based on classic garments. New pieces don not mean the “old” ones need to go. The styles that we design stay in the collection, and change from fabric and detail from time to time. So, these pieces are available almost all the time. We add vintage finds and dead stock items that we alter. Those pieces are all unique and are sometimes part of the collection for just a few weeks. Then their gone!
Things come and go; it generates an organic movement.