We Are YNGR
Hello and welcome! YNGR was launched in May 2019 by Jan Pirenne, an urban planner, and Donovan Tjon, a fashion designer. Based in Antwerp, and united by a passion for design, the duo makes minimal and practical products.
YNGR is a brand inspired by a state of mind that lives and thrives in cities everywhere. It isn’t about age, YNGR is an action, a collective restlessness. YNGR represents shared experiences and the visual expressions born from the urban sprawl and its intense mix. It’s these shared common experiences associated with a person’s youth that forges connections between strangers.
YNGR is an aesthetic mash up of utilitarian, luxury details and fun. It’s an expression of Donovan’s attention to detail from working for luxury brands, fusing with the duo’s personal experiences of how cities are symbols of opportunity. Donovan grew up in an environment where diverse and contrasting ideas, beliefs and interests lived together. The search for identity was very important to him, having mixed Asian heritage, but being born in South America, and raised on the island of St. Martin. Constantly travelling towards new opportunities has brought him to Milan, Paris and London.
With a focus on sustainability, nearly all YNGR products are made with recycled leather. Recycled leather is made from scraps and offcuts that would usually end up in landfills. No chemicals are used in the process of creating the leather. The minimalist bags are inspired by urban materials such as isolation foils or seat belt buckles.
YNGR moves with you, bringing you together the finesse, non fussy and contemporary designs for the grit of city life.