What Essentiel Antwerp Wears: Paola

Style What Essentiel Antwerp Wears: Paola

24 september 2019

What Essentiel Antwerp Wears

Paola De Narvaez


If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that the Essentiel Antwerp offices are dipped in color. From the pink walls in our showroom to the fashion choices our staff daily makes.

To give you a better idea of #LifeAtEssentielAntwerp and the people that live it, we decided to give you a monthly look into the different jobs, fashion styles and personalities that walk around those pink walls.


First up is Paola De Narvaez, our junior graphic designer, who joined the team in June after moving from Paris to Brussels, and now Antwerp.

“During my job interview, I had just moved to Antwerp and was eager to start my work life. I was determined, had everything to win, and the excitement of that adventure made me feel very confident and relaxed. I quickly clicked with the team and had so much fun with the assignment that I truly felt that this was the job for me.”




The memories of your job interview are still fresh, but, as it is a fashion job, do you still remember what you wore on the day?

“I wanted to show my personality within my outfit choice, and at the same time, I wanted to be remembered. That’s why I decided on classic but bold pieces. A bright electric blue silk shirt, timeless black denim, black espadrilles as the weather allowed for it and of course, a smiling, open attitude. [Laughs].”


It obviously was a winning combination because it helped land you the job. Can you explain what the title junior graphic designer means?

“Together with the senior graphic designer, we create everything that needs to communicate a message visually. So basically everything you see from Essentiel Antwerp has been arranged or designed by us two. It’s extremely exciting because it’s a great creative position. My tasks vary so much, from doing artworks for upcoming collections and print designs to creating imagery for the blog, social media, and homepage.”




Is there such a thing as a typical day for you?

“No. [Laughs]. But that’s probably one of the reasons why I love my job so much. The typical day simply doesn’t exist. Every day is a different story. Either I’m spending a day on set, or I’m designing artworks, or arranging newsletters and new website pages… It’s always different. It’s a 360° visual job, and I can honestly say that I love it.”


So no typical days, but do you maybe have a go-to work style?

“At work, it’s important to me that I feel confident and comfortable. I mostly wear the ‘designer uniform’: pants/jeans, bold sneakers, and a white tee. A great blazer on top, my iconic lipstick, a drop of perfume, and I’m off.”


Indeed, quite a uniform style but with some personal touches. How do you put your outfits together?

“I’m fascinated by traditional Japanese menswear, and I like to think of clothing as body architecture. It took me some time to understand my own silhouette, which made dressing up quite hard for some years. Now when I get dressed, I think about which part of my personality I want to emphasize. And when I’m almost done, I twist it a tiny bit to add a touch of ‘je ne sais quoi’.”




Some quick questions to finish so we really know you! You never leave home without…

“My favorite lipstick! And the book I’m currently reading. At the moment it’s ‘Rouge Brésil’ by Jean-Christophe Rufin.”


Do you have a style icon?

“I try not to follow trends, I go for more timeless pieces. In that sense, I relate to Gabrielle Chanel’s philosophy.”


Lastly, what’s your style secret?

“Never try too hard. Express your difference, be bold and elegant.”




Beige plaid single-breasted blazer

Black and white rhinestone dartboard brooch


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