Jens Werner appointed first J.Lindeberg Creative Director

One of golfs leading high end fashion brands, J.Lindeberg has appointed Jens Werner as their first Creative Director. The brand is embarking on its new forward direction, building on its sportsfashion position, and uniting all design and creative under one person.

Jens Werner has a strong background in sport and fashion. Prior to J.Lindeberg, Jens started his career in the Style office at Adidas, first with a focus on Y-3, working closely with the Yohji Yamamoto team in Tokyo, then also on many of Adidas’ recently launched collaborations with designers such as Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Juun J., Kanye West’s Yeezy, kolor and Tom Dixon. He has already begun to make an impact at J.Lindeberg in his previous role as the company’s Design Director, creating a totally new Activewear collection and recalling the brands progressive heritage in Fashion and Golf. As of December 2017, he will have complete creative responsibility of the brand.

“My challenge has been to create one clear look that connects our entire range, while also finding one that is personal and unique to us. How do we make performance ski and golf fit well with fashion, tailoring, denim, leather – as one brand image? I realized, each category has to inform the other. This set the way we designed our AW18 collections. And I’m excited, now as Creative Director, to have the opportunity to take this new vision into our overall brand expression,” says Jens.

In recent years, J.Lindeberg has focused on bridging the gap between its fashion and sport collections, reclaiming its own unique DNA and position, being modern and credible in both. Whereas some brands today are based in one category or the other, and seek to break into the other, J.Lindeberg was ahead of its time when it launched in 1996, having a serious position in both. The brand has famously dressed pro golfers like Jesper Parnevik and Camilo Villegas in looks that radically changed the way golfers dress; as well as celebrities on the red carpet, musicians on tour, and award-winning free skiers.

“Appointing Jens Creative Director is the last piece of the puzzle we have been working on for the past years. His background and approach, seamlessly merging sport and fashion in a modern way, is exactly what we need to build a next-generation lifestyle brand,” says CEO Johan Mark.

Jens started at J.Lindeberg in October 2016 as Design Director of Sports. He was promoted to Design Director overseeing all product concepts (Men’s and Women’s, Fashion, Active, Golf and Ski) in May 2017. Throughout this time, he has also worked closely with Johan Lindeberg, the brand’s Founder. Over the past two years, Lindeberg has consulted the company on its mission to recall its roots and heritage, of being modern and daring, and merging fashion and sports.

“I’m proud to have been part of taking J.Lindeberg to the next level. My focus has been creating a strong voice connected to the brand’s core symbol, The Bridge, and to the DNA and consolidated lifestyle. It’s important in today’s market to be an engaging brand, and I’m happy to see the new path that my namesake brand is heading into,” says Johan Lindeberg, who will remain close to the brand. Jens’ first focus collection, Spring/Summer 2018 Activewear, will be available in stores in January 2018. That same month, his first full collection, Autumn/Winter 2018, will be presented at Copenhagen fashion week.

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.