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In Her Shoes


Maria Van Nguyen is a designer and creative director based in Oslo. Maria curates a beautiful personal blog where she talks about learning to live a more considerate, simple and better life. We sat down with her to chat about art, culture, style, travel and food. What does style & substance mean to you?  
It’s when you dress with confidence, unaffected by what other people think. Your style is personal, effortless and a natural representation of who you are. How did you get into design?  
I’m naturally creative in everything I do and will always implement it in other subjects and matters. Therefore I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in a design-oriented world and so I’ve always had a goal I’ve been working towards. When...

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The Luxe Loafer

The Luxe Loafer is a modern reinterpretation of a classic style, it features contemporary detailing and is intricately handcrafted from supple Italian box calf leather. With a lightly cushioned insole for added comfort and a modest stacked heel with metal inlay, this Portuguese-made pair will appeal to women looking to project a subtle confidence. Explore Chapter 02 here  Photo Credit: Liz from Street Smith and Celica from AARK Collective  

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In Her Shoes

We were lucky enough to meet Audrey Rose Smith when we were in New York in June. Audrey is the Communications Director for international art fair The Armory Show by day, and by night and weekends is a creative director, photographer and occasional journalist. Audrey lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with her partner-in-creative and crime, Vicente Munoz who is a photographer and visual artist himself.  Can you tell us a little about your background – what path led you to working in the arts? I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a very eclectic home with parents that cared a great deal about art. My father is an architect and my mother is an art and design consultant so I grew up surrounded...

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In Her Shoes

Meet Kate Carnegie - Stylist, Fashion Editor, Artist, a friend of ESSEN and woman of true style and substance. Originally from Melbourne but now based in New York, Kate’s avid appreciation and interest in fashion, art, design and photography is amplified through her work, drawing on all the unique experiences that have shaped her as an artist. Pushing the boundaries between fashion & art, Kate’s work has been published in Oyster magazine, i-D, ELLE US, Manifesto, Novembre Magazine to name a few. Kate’s varied past en present outlook are a reminder to follow your own path, understanding that everyone’s differing journeys can turn out in unexpected ways. We meet with Kate on the back of our first launch campaign to...

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Go Behind The Scenes

A quiet Sunday in a small studio space turned incredibly busy as months of hard work finally came to a close. Hair, makeup, wardrobe, lights, cameras and lots and lots of shoes all came together to create our first campaign shoot. Take an exclusive look behind the scenes below. Not shown: Two flights to Melbourne, 12 people on set. Coffee, lots of coffee. Three trips to our factories in Europe. Hours of Design & Product Development. Styling Sessions. Fit testing. Several rounds of review with the Photographer. Thousands of shots narrowed down to our final campaign selection. Creative, Production, Merchandising and many, very late nights. Special thanks to Stylecraft for the Claude Easy Chair.

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