Q&A Jean School alumni: John-Randy Anthony

With the Jean School’s first alumni already having entered the workforce, FashionUnited contacted a few of them to catch up and take a moment to map out for which denim companies they currently work. Starting from this week FashionUnited will introduce the alumni with a quick Q&A. Today John-Randy Anthony, Product Developer at Pepe Jeans.

Why did you choose for Jean School?

“I chose to apply for the international course at Jean School after having completed a fashion programme and while working as Assistant Production at an underwear label. However, my true passion was with denim and jeans, but all the applications I sent out remained unanswered. I thought that I could increase my chances by specializing myself in this direction, while simultaneously getting the chance to increase my network. In hindsight I am really glad that I chose to apply for the programme, as it led me to find a job I had always wanted.”

What was the most valuable thing you learned at Jean School?

“The most important thing I learned was to work hard and efficient, knowing how to network and to always stay true to yourself.”

Where do you work now, and what is your job title?

“I have been working for one and a half years already as a Product Developer of Men Wovens & Denim at Pepe Jeans. Their denim headquarters are located in Amsterdam, where all denim items and leather jackets are designed and developed. I was asked for this job after my participation in the Global Denim Awards.”

How would you describe what an average day in your life looks like?

“I am responsible for Pepe Jeans’ Dry Cult collection, which I design and develop. In addition to that, I develop all men’s collections for woven and denim items. Basically, that means that I create man packs and size specs and provide comments on the prototype samples after measuring, fitting and checking them thoroughly.”

What ambitions do you still have?

“My ambition is to really grow in my function. I am a dreamer, but I also always remain realistic. I would love to work for the largest denim label there is with a fun and professional team. In case that does not work out, I would want to make the brand that I am working for now the biggest one together with the team.”

About Jean School

Jean School offers both a three-year Dutch programme as well as a one-year international version which is completely taught in English. Both the Dutch as well as the English programme are focussed on four specific themes: innovation, sustainability, history and craftsmanship. Students receive training in a variety of both practical and theoretical aspects of denim, including sewing, pattern making, washing and buying. The programme is closely tied to the industry: students regularly receive guest lectures by professionals from the industry, and they also get the chance to participate in projects for which they have to collaborate with companies. Additionally, students annually attend the Amsterdam Denim Days as well as the Global Denim Awards and get to be involved in the renowned denim trade fair King Pins. More information on the programme, admission requirements and the application can be found on the Jean School website.

Since its establishment in 2012, a total of 21 students graduated from the programme. Of these alumni, the large majority has found a job in the denim industry.

Also check the storymap with all the Jean School alumni from the class of 2015 and 2016 here.




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