Born and raised in Denmark, Jens Laugesen moved to Paris in 1987 where he worked as chief assistant and stylist to the visionary photographer Gunnar Larsen, founder of GUNNAR International. This introduction to the world of high fashion encouraged Jens to study the techniques of Haute Couture design at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He graduated as top student in 1991, which resulted in him undertaking prestigious internships in the couture studios of both M. Paco Rabanne, and M. Hubert De Givenchy.
Subsequently Jens worked for 2 years as a fashion journalist for the Scandinavian press before returning to education in 1993 to taking a Masters Degree in Fashion Management at the INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE LA MODE IFM in Paris. Following his graduation from IFM in 1994, Laugesen spent the following six years working as collection designer, design studio manager and head of collection for a number of internationally renowned design houses in Paris at both Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear level.
In 2000 Jens relocated to London, where he joined the prestigious MA Fashion (womenswear) course at CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS CSM. Graduating with a distinction in February 2002, his much-acclaimed graduate collection was selected by leading Paris boutique Maria Luisa to be exhibited in the coveted store windows during Haute Couture week in July 2002. Jens was also invited to present his eponymous collection at London Fashion Week's talent spotting FASHION EAST show.
Heralded by Observer Magazine as ‘ London's answer to Helmut Lang ‘, Jens was awarded the British Fashion Council's NEW GENERATION award 2TOW CONSECUTIVE SEASONS, permitting him to move his show onto the official London Fashion Week schedule for the coming 5 seasons. The first on-schedule show was an immediate success and he was named "the next big thing" by fashion industry figurehead Suzy Menkes, of the International Herald Tribune who described his collection as having ‘ a sluttish elegance ’.
The //JENS_LAUGESEN label went on to trade for 6 years, during which time it showed on the London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week official schedules, and was stocked in more than 45 high profile stores world-wide, including DOVERSTREET MARKET and SELFRIDGES (London), MARIA LUISA (Paris), LAZZARI (Treviso, Italy), ANDREAS MURKODIS (Berlin), UK STYLE (Moscow), SUSAN OF BURLINGAME and OPENING CEREMONY (USA), IT and SHINE (Hong Kong), LOVELESS, ADELAIDE, LOVELESS, RESTIR, MIDWEST and BEAMS INTERNATIONAL (Tokyo).
In 2006, Jens Laugesen became the first London designer to be awarded the French ANDAM FASHION AWARD, with financial support by LVMH GROUP and L'OREAL. The prestigious financial award allowed him to present his AW0708 collection in Paris with an exhibition at the MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS, in the Louvre. The following season he returned to the London schedule, with a collection that was described by Vogue.com as ' one of the most beautiful shows of London Fashion Week '.
Other awards included the British Fashion Council's FASHION FORWARD award for SS08, entailing financial support from Westfield London for two consecutive seasons, and 'Designer of the Year' in March 2008 in his native Denmark. Jens designed 12 collections (= 4 trilogies) with his eponymous brand, that became known for its conceptual thinking and personal "utilitarian" approach to the architecture of clothing. Developing a personal design philosophy named ‘ Hybrid Reconstruction ’, his work was also featured in various style reference books including FASHION NOW 01 for ID and SAMPLE 100 with work selected by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.
His designs were showcased in numerous exhibitions in museums such as VICTORIA & ALBERT V&A London, UCAD MUSEE DE LA MODE at LE LOUVRE Paris, DANISH DESIGN CENTER Copenhagen and MUSEUM OF FASHION INSITUTTE OF TECHNOLOGY FIT New York. Collaborations with prestigious fashion brands include capsule collections and creative concepts designed for ATELIER SWAROVSKI, TOPSHOP, KOPENHAGEN FUR, COTTON USA and SPIEWAK. Most recently he has collaborated for SS09 and AW0910 with LINDA FARROW VINTAGE for the launch of the brands first "hybrid" sunglasses, cross breading the glamorous origins of the iconic brand with a 70's unisex aviator.
Jens has also taught on the Fashion Design MA course at CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS alongside Professor Louise Wilson and has since 2011 been instrumental in modernising the design education at Ecole de la Chambre Syndiacale de la Couture as the main design tutor of the 4th year Masters Degree.
He has since 2008 been undertaking consultancies as Creative Director and Design Advisor for international Luxury RTW clients including Francisco Costa at CLAVIN KLEIN. J MENDEL, BESSINI Textile Group, and LG Fashion Corp in South Korea where he was both creative Director and Strategic Advisor to the management team.
Most recently he was awarded the DANISH ARTS FOUNDATIONS bursary that has helped him to re-launch the eponymous brand with a new HYreCON Trilogy that will debut in London Fashion Week 2018.