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We believe that one of the biggest problems in the fashion industry is overconsumption. ESSEN encourages people to buy less and choose better. We aspire to simplify women’s wardrobes, by helping them consider what they really need and edit out excess. That’s where our name comes from – essentials. 

Our design philosophy is based on a respect for those key items in your wardrobe, functional pieces that stand the test of time. By reimagining them in new ways, they’re familiar yet interesting – hardworking classics with a twist.

We don’t design for seasons, we create for forever. When something isn’t perfect we improve it. When something is broken we fix it. Our intention is for our shoes to retain their value and for customers to have a long-term relationship with them, rather than just a short fling. This includes repairing, donating, reselling our old pieces, instead of just throwing them in the trash, where they will inevitably wind up in landfills.

It means resoling your shoes, adopting handwashing practices where possible for your clothing to avoid excess microfibers being dumped in our oceans from washing machines. We should also make sure all packaging is properly disposed of, through means of recycling and composting (depending on the materials). Here are some tips to help you get you started: 

Our definition of progress is reduced wardrobes, built on fundamental wardrobe staples that will stand the test of time. 
A high-quality turtleneck, a well-tailored blazer, classic leather boots. As we spend more time spent at home and have fewer opportunities to dress up, we’ve become laser-focused on fundamental wardrobe staples.

These tips will significantly reduce your fashion footprint, whilst also saving you a lot of money, space and decision fatigue along the way!