In 2012, the doors of the first and only Jean School in the world opened in Amsterdam. An education during which young, creative and driven people will learn the craftsmanship of denim design and development. This education literally provides them with job opportunities all over the world.
Jean School is an initiative of James Veenhoff (former director and initiator of the Amsterdam Fashion Week) and Mariette Hoitink (owner HTNK Fashion recruitment & consultancy). In 2009, Veenhoff and Hoitink started the foundation House of Denim, a platform for craftsmanship and innovation in the denim industry. In order to be innovative, education is a crucial element but a jeans-education appeared to be unavailable anywhere in the world. For that reason, the ROC Amsterdam was approached to start a pilot for a proper denim education.
In cooperation with a number of leading jeans brands and other experts from the industry, research was conducted on the knowledge that was needed and what the curriculum for the education should be. In addition to the Dutch education, the Jean School in cooperation with House of Denim, recently started a one-year English-speaking education that is especially developed for foreign students and Dutch students with a HAVO-diploma or who have a propaedeutic certificate. Denim City hosts and facilitate Jean School and Jean School Internationals.
The students have a classroom located in Denim City and they practise their courses in workshop and the lab area where they learn all aspects of the jean, from crop to shop (including introductions to yarn, fabric, pattern, production, laundry, commerce, innovation and sustainability). Many leading denim brands are involved in the programme, offering materials & machinery, assignments, guest lectures, site visits and internships.