ESSENTIEL

How a love story became a brand

What started out as a basic T-shirt collection in 1999 grew into a colorful Ready-to-Wear collection for men and women. Besides 40+ own points of sales in Belgium, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and UK.  The Essentiel Antwerp success story is unique in Belgium.

Inge was a model, Esfan was the son of a designer. Esfan grew-up surrounded by textiles, sketches and collections and decides to become a fashion agent. The model and the agent met, fell in love, married and had two kids. Their life story grew to also create Essentiel.

Their joint adventure in fashion started off with an idea that was as simple as it was essential. The collection was launched from the young couple's apartment with four styles of T-shirts which were available in 20 different colors. The T-shirts sold like hot cakes.

After a year, the first store opened in Antwerp. Four seasons later, knitwear, jackets, dresses, shirts and trousers in trendy colors, new materials and an entire new range of accessories were added to the collection.  Essentiel was born.

Today, Inge still leads the design team travelling the world for inspiration, but remains deeply rooted in Antwerp. While, following on from the company’s domestic success, Esfan is now focused on the international expansion of the brand.

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