Future From Waste Lab Residency
16 November 2022 to January 2023
Created by designer Charlotte Hicks, Australian label ESSE proposes a beautiful and luxurious solution to the fashion industry’s issue with excess. Reflecting BETA’s and STH BNK’s focus on recycling and repurposing materials already in use, ESSE encapsulates a minimalist mindset.
Everything ESSE does is underpinned by three key pillars: purpose, creativity and the craft of design. Seasonless drops are driven by time over trend, resulting in an infinitely wearable capsule wardrobe. Taking inspiration from traditional tailoring, the label’s signature aesthetic pays homage to menswear and shows a deep appreciation for the refined details found in a gentleman’s wardrobe.
“I want to challenge consumers’ obsession with the new. There is so much life left in the resources we have available; you just need to slow down and get creative. More often than not there is more integrity in waste because it was produced at a time when quality triumphed pace”
— Charlotte Hicks
Extending ESSE’s admiration for menswear, the Future From Waste Lab residency will see them take this one step further by producing limited-edition garments actually made from reworked vintage tailoring.
Propelled by their sense of responsibility, ESSE aims to reduce excess across all parts of their business from design decisions to operations. As part of this, they contemplate the life cycle materials already in circulation. “We don’t need to perpetually create more for creation’s sake. Reusing, recycling and generally focusing on more circular design has always been part of my design process,” Charlotte says. “I am continually inspired by repurposing and reinvigorating older pieces and breathing new life into the designs.”
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