In addition to working as Beyonce’s creative director for few years, Jenke has worked in creative direction, styling and consulting for Sophie Theallet, Blumarine, Repossi, Yeezy, Kanye West, Brother Vellies, Kim Kardashian West, US/Italian/British editions of Vogue, Garage Magazine, GQ, Gentlewoman Magazine, Dazed, Superbowl half time show and commercials, Pepsi, H&M, Benetton campaigns etc.. With a strong understanding of both International and African fashion, as well as urban trends, the passionate Ivorian/Senegalese creative director brings his unique vision in his work with an inspiring global citizenship awareness.
You are known to use African culture in your work… why is this important to you?
Africa has been such an immense source of inspiration for years to many of the greatest artists in history. Picasso, Le Corbusier, Seydou Keita, Cocteau, Brancusi, Poiret, Saint Laurent, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Wole Soyinka, Azzedine Alaia, Miuccia Prada to name a few….All of these masters’ stylizations of features really resonate with Africa. As a son of the mother land along with the blessing of God, I strongly feel it is my role to show the immense and diverse beauty of Africa in a different way by focusing on a specific culture, country, region etc…
How do you see you can influence and change the perception of fashion and make it more diverse?
Global citizenship is the new black, there is so much beauty to discover. Today a Chinese works in Dakar, a German studies in Cairo, a Congolese practices medicine in Bordeaux, A Brazilian plays football in London, a Canadian rules in music in the US, a French makes fortunes in Abidjan, a Argentinian can be Pope in Rome, a American can even fall in love with a Eastern European, marry her and can aspire to become president. Fashion is supposed to express the time we live in. So lets our eyes wonder and show the extraordinary diversity the universe has offered us by embracing different culture. I feel so blessed to be able to include my heritage in my work, but more so to discover new places, culture, literature. And I trust it can inspire someone and open their heart to new things and maybe inspire brands or institutions to include a more diverse casting in their campaigns.
Loved working with you on Schon magazine this year…. you have a singular vision and very passionate about your work…. where does that come from?
I loved working with you too Iman, you get it. I guess from my upbringing and my diverse family background. I travelled a lot with my mother around the world and she developed my sense of curiosity and the love of culture. My grand father Jean Tailly, a philosopher, philanthropist and an great African State figure have had a great influence on my education and how I see beauty.
What is your style philosophy?
Constantly evolving by staying always true to yourself… I try…
Where do you get your inspiration?
I wander a lot, walk a lot, with my eyes and all senses wide awake…literally from everywhere.
How do you describe your personal style?
Work in progress to find that perfect uniform that I will stick to.
What is a typical day for you… say 9-5?
I’m a papillon de nuit… so I will say 5 to 9. I get more inspired at those hours.
Who is your style icon?
My mother Therese and my grand father Jean.
Fela Kuti, Bob (Marley and Dylan) Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Jacques Brel, Leo Ferre, Sade, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Minnie Riperton, Ernesto Djedje, Salif Keita.