Jacob Kane is a British contemporary menswear brand based in Preston. The namesake label was established in 2017 after Jacob graduated from Manchester School of Art with a First Class (Hons) in Fashion Design. Collections are extensively research led, with designs being heavily influenced by utility, urbanism and contemporary art.
Jacob Kane's debut collection, entitled "UNITE OR PERISH", is an extremely limited edition capsule collection extracted from his graduate collection, designed in house at the Manchester studio. Fabrics and trims for the collection have been sourced from London, Italy and Portugal, whilst manufacturing is taken care of right here in England to ensure the finest quality of finish. All products are then quality checked in house before being wrapped up ready for posting.
Originally from Preston in the north of England, Jacob’s introduction to Fashion began through a combination of self-styling, and the reading of journals such as i-D Magazine, 10 Men and Dazed & Confused, amongst others. This, along with the designer’s inherent creative inclinations, led him to Leeds College of Art, where he completed a foundation diploma in art and design. Upon leaving Leeds, Jacob decided to remain in the north for his degree studies, rather than take the more established path of heading down to London. This led him to Manchester School of Art.
During his time at Manchester School of Art, Jacob learnt methods of pattern cutting, block development, toiling and industrial production of ready to wear garments. These skills stood him in good stead in his second year of study, when he moved down to London in order to intern for two seasons with Christopher Shannon. It was the months spent working in the studio at Christopher Shannon that really cemented his decision to start his own label upon graduation.
In his final year of study, Jacob was selected as one of 8 students from across the UK to be selected to receive the Education Foundation BA Scholarship 2017. Awarded by the British Fashion Council, the judges commented: “Jacob’s personable and thoughtful nature, combined with his intelligence, will help him succeed whichever path he pursues in the industry. Jacob’s collection allies streetwear and functionality well. He is very skilled and creative.”
The Jacob Kane design process is continuous. The designer isn’t all that interested in the clear distinctions between collections, but rather sees his interests and research as a pool from which he can pull at any time. Jacob’s current concern is to use his experiences and influences to design considered, desirable pieces that will build as a cohesive whole, and can be styled together to conceive a uniform for the modern youth.