This is the fifth instalment of my 'Belgian designers series' and this time I've selected to highlight a brand that's not about haute couture and international fashion weeks, but the stylish and sophisticated prêt-à-porter brand named Essentiel.
Hailing from Antwerp, Essentiel designs outfits for women, men as well as children. With a very distinct aesthetic, mostly kind of ethnic and nature-inspired but always modern, they have become a household name in Belgium as well as the rest of Europe (France, Spain, Scandinavia, Italy...)
The label was created in 1999 by Esfandiar Eghtessadi and his wife Inge Onsea and started out as just a t-shirt line, so they sure have come a long way.
I particularly like their SS10 men's collection, inspired by Palm Springs and its summery colour palette and shapes.
These are my favourites:
(source: Essentiel press office)