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We Are Makers
We are Makers
We are Makers

JEMS is a factory for the people. Founded by the legendary Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, JEMS is inspired by Jan Ernst Matzeliger, a Black immigrant who in 1883 revolutionized shoe manufacturing with his patented lasting machine. At JEMS we provide not only the factory to make your shoes, but the tools and training to help launch them. Diversity is one of our core values. We celebrate diversity of people, backgrounds, perspectives, talent, and skill. Come, be a Maker with us.

JEMS is a factory for the people. Founded by the legendary Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, JEMS is inspired by Jan Ernst Matzeliger, a Black immigrant who in 1883 revolutionized shoe manufacturing with his patented lasting machine. At JEMS we provide not only the factory to make your shoes, but the tools and training to help launch them. Diversity is one of our core values. We celebrate diversity of people, backgrounds, perspectives, talent, and skill. Come, be a Maker with us.

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The FIRST JEM
The FIRST JEM
The FIRST JEM
JEMS by PENSOLE’s Inaugural Sneaker is Now Available.
The FIRST JEM

JEMS by PENSOLE’s Inaugural Sneaker is Now Available.

The FIRST JEM
Meet The Designer
D'Wayne Edwards
Meet The Designer
A conversation with the FIRST JEM’s designer, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards
Meet the Designer

A conversation with the FIRST JEM’s designer, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards

Meet The Designer
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Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Honoring an Industry Pioneer

In 1883 a Black man who was a cobbler and shoemaker by the name of Jan Ernst Matzeliger dramatically changed the way shoes are made.  His patented lasting machine increased production of shoes from 50 to 700 pairs a day, an invention that has become the foundation of modern-day shoe making.  Tragically, Jan died before he was able to see the impact his invention would have on the world of footwear, and his story has been lost in the history books.  In honor of Jan, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, founder of Pensole Lewis College has named his ground-breaking factory JEMS, The Jan Ernst Matzeliger STU/DEO.  At JEMS we strive not only to pay tribute to Jan’s legacy but also to pave the way for other future industry leaders.

JOIN OUR TEAM! BE A PART OF THE NEW GENERATION OF FOOTWEAR CREATORS

The JEMS team has 300+ years of combined footwear industry experience. With access to the top footwear materials and component suppliers, factory partners, retail partners, and industry innovators, JEMS is the premier footwear factory in the US.  We are a privately-owned factory in New England, seeking to discover, develop, and launch the next generation of footwear talent. We’re looking for Makers with precise attention to detail and drive to succeed.  If you’re interested in breaking into the footwear industry, consider yourself a perfectionist, and love learning, we want to talk!

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