Behind the Brand – Essentiel Antwerp
Recently featuring in celebratory ‘Hello’ magazine, we can’t wait to share with you our latest collection from Essentiel Antwerp along with some behind the brand information! Essentiel is a Belgium fashion brand that was created in 1999 beginning with their first collection consisting of just four t-shirts that were available in 20 different colours. These were soon a major hit selling out fast which then lead to the first store opening in Belgium’s city of Antwerp in the year 2000. Behind the brand is founders Inge Onsea and Esfan Eghtessadi, a married couple who both share the same passion for fashion. Essentiel is now a well known brand in a number of countries including France, Spain and Italy.
We love the bold colours, playful prints and excitement they bring to our wardrobes with a collection of essential everyday items to a Saturday night ‘wow’ outfit. With their recent ‘Hello’ magazine interview, we couldn’t wait to showcase our favourite must have pieces and a little background history of the brand to make you love it just as much as we do!
The brand which is loved for it’s irreverent designs has just turned 19 and Inge is captured in her very own home to talk more about Essentiel. Inge is a former showroom model being very tall, blonde and a highly stylish woman who travels the world to gain inspiration from countries such as Shanghai, taking notes from their foreign markets and what they’re wearing.
Producing 6 collections a year sticking with the idea of making ‘smaller yet creative’ collections each time. Nothing is pre-planned, it’s a technique of laid back approach playing quickly on brands. Living in Antwerp themselves, Inge and Esfan’s family home is a true reflection of the couples style inspiration. Daring a bright green living room, stunning artwork and enough mirrors to make you look great from every angle – we definitely feel like our very own home makeover is well overdue! Take a look at our top picks from their recent collection, be inspired and be daring – use the phrase ‘anything goes’…
Let all eyes be on you whilst wearing this colourful salute skirt. Fully covered in sequins and bold colours of deep purple, green and blue with an inner lining for maximum comfort. This skirt is a fashion statement guaranteed to make you sparkle all night long. Team with chunky boots and an oversized jumper for maximum drama!
Salute Skirt in Duffle Bag | £249.00
Sampha Dress in Duffle Bag | £199.00
This luscious green dress is loose fitting and flows elegantly allowing silhouette definition in all the right places with a self tie fabric belt around the waist and neck. Style with a pair of kitten heels or casual sneakers to complete the look.
Sicile Sweater in Blue Lagoon | £209.00
This cosy sweater is incredibly soft and guaranteed to keep you warm throughout the chilly days. Knitted from fuzzy mohair-blend in bright orange, who said winter woollies have to be boring? Style with a midi skirt and ankle boots and you’re ready to go!