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Integrity & On-Demand Manufacturing

Integrity & On-Demand Manufacturing

In this interview with Flaura Wellness, our Founder & Creative Director Marre discusses what makes ESSEN different to other brands, what it's like working with our workshops in Europe from Melbourne and how the pandemic has affected the way she works. 

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The Brands Really Making A Commitment To A More Sustainable Future

The Brands Really Making A Commitment To A More Sustainable Future

We are committed to making better choices every day across the business to minimise our social and environmental impact. We're grateful to be included in this important Grazia feature, highlighting brands are trying to be part of the solution in the fight against climate change, making ambitious drives towards sustainably-sourced materials or committing themselves to charitable initiatives. 

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The 30 Best Sustainable Brands

The 30 Best Sustainable Brands

The race to net zero means we need to get a grip on our wardrobes. We are drowning in clothes and 87 per cent of clothing material is incinerated, consigned to landfills or dumped in the natural environment. The Times provides tips on how to be an eco style queen, and we're honoured to be included in lineup of brands that are adopting more sustainable business practises.

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ESSEN x Vogue Turkey

ESSEN x Vogue Turkey

There is something quite transformative about closet staples with unique details, and our bestselling Luxe Loafers still have maximum impact with minimum effort. Together with Pooja Mor, Lorna McGee shows the many ways you can wear them in this beautiful Vogue feature. 

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The Most Comfortable Shoe Brands

The Most Comfortable Shoe Brands

Our effortless essentials are hardworking classics that are aesthetically beautiful, supremely comfortable and ethically made. We spent a lot of time engineering the construction and fit of our shoes, to allow women to move seamlessly and confidently through their day, without compromising on style, comfort and craftsmanship.

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The Sustainable Fashion Brands To Have On Your Radar

The Sustainable Fashion Brands To Have On Your Radar

As we become more aware of the significant and deeply consequential impacts the fashion industry is having on our environment, a change in our consumerist-driven ways is well overdue. While the facts may be hard to digest, it's now more important than ever that we listen. Here, in Australia, 6000 kilograms of textile waste is deposited into landfill every 10 minutes. 

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How To Make Your Business More Sustainable

How To Make Your Business More Sustainable

For anyone starting or nurturing a new business, sustainability needs to be a key pillar. In this current climate emergency, all businesses need to have a sustainable strategy. But where do you start? Given the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluting industries in the world (it’s the second, after the oil industry), fashion designers are well placed to give advice on how to tackle the issue. 
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The Benefits Of On-Demand Manufacturing To Tackle Fashion's Huge Waste Problem

The Benefits Of On-Demand Manufacturing To Tackle Fashion's Huge Waste Problem

In this episode of D Sustainability Issue, I speak with Dessie about founding and managing a sustainable footwear brand. We dive into how ESSEN has taken a sustainable approach throughout the entire production process - from the choice of raw materials for our shoes, the production factories, and the packaging but also the benefits of pricing for a direct-to-consumer shoe brand, and the effects of the current COVID crisis has on the business.

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A Response To Fast Fashion

A Response To Fast Fashion

ESSEN was launched as a response to the fast-fashion industry and the brand quickly learnt that, in order to produce stylish shoes with a low environmental impact, it needed to step away from the traditional format of seasons and continually changing trends. All of ESSEN's pieces are produced in small batches within its factories in timeless colour palettes that never go out of style, often via pre-order to minimise waste and overproduction.

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Timeless, Comfortable And Ethically Made Footwear

Timeless, Comfortable And Ethically Made Footwear

ESSEN is derived from the word "essential", and designer Marre Muijs has built her collection around timeless, comfortable and ethically made footwear. Her shoes are handmade in small production lines using neutral colours and the best quality leathers for wearable everyday must-haves, while on-demand production means they are only made when an order is placed, minimising waste and overproduction. Read More
The Best Eco-friendly Sandals - Vogue Italia

The Best Eco-friendly Sandals - Vogue Italia

Sustainable fashion suggests the choice of eco-friendly, nature-conscious and ethical summer sandals. The most beautiful 2020 summer sandals? It is easy to answer “eco-friendly models” considering the widespread interest in sustainable and ethical fashion. ESSEN THE LABEL is based in Melbourne, Australia, but produced in the Marche region, in the heart of the shoemaking district that has been producing footwear since the early twentieth century. Each sandal is produced in neutral colours and made to order, to avoid any waste.

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