Essentiel. A success story unique in the Belgian fashion landscape
What started out as a basic T-shirt collection in 1999 grew into a colorful Ready-to-Wear collection for men and women. Besides 30+ own points of sales in Belgium, France and UK, you will also find our collection in numerous multi-brand stores both nationally and internationally, including most European countries, but also the USA, Russia and the Middle East. The Essentiel success story – which is intertwined with other stories and chance events – is unique in Belgium.
A love story…
Esfan Eghtessadi, the son of Nicole Cadine (fashion designer), grew up in a world of textiles, sketches and fashion collections. On the evening he first met Inge Onsea, he immediately saw in her the incarnation of grace and femininity. An Icon… This encounter evolved into a love story, a passion that led to a wedding, the birth of two children and… Essentiel.
…becomes a life story
In 1999 Esfan and Inge take their chance and launch a T-shirt collection on the market. The range consisted of four models in twenty different colours, essential basic garments that are necessary in every wardrobe. The young couple’s apartment served as a showroom, and 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.