Welcome to the Jan Ernst Matzeliger STU/DEO, the first Black-owned athletic footwear factory in the US.
At JEMS we offer new opportunity for talented designers and more options for the industry as a whole, including retailers, footwear brands, and brand partners. With leadership from seasoned industry innovators and access to top suppliers and partners, we strive to be the premier footwear factory in the United States. Not only do we welcome entrepreneurs ready to manufacture their own designs, but we set them up for success with education through a Pensole Lewis College curriculum. We are makers who celebrate the ideas of other creatives, and we seek to bring cutting-edge footwear manufacturing back to the US.
Inspired by its namesake, the inventor Jan Ernst Matzeliger JEMS exists to innovate the footwear industry with a world-class factory that handcrafts our own brand of footwear in the US. We cultivate the next generation of talent through education and professional development. We seek to bring more diversity to the industry: of backgrounds, perspectives, talent, and skill. JEMS is a factory for the people.