What Essentiel Wears - Elisabeth Thys

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Every month we talk to people from Essentiel and talk about their work, style, personal quirks and anything in between. This month we talked to our Womenswear Designer, Elisebeth Thys.

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HOW DID YOU END UP AT ESSENTIEL?
I was working in Brussels and living in Antwerp. The daily commute started taking its toll. I reached out to friends asking if they knew of any job opportunities. Three days later I had a call from the head of the Styling Department. I met up with her, Inge Onsea and Tom De Poortere and now I’ve been working at Essentiel for almost 2 years.

WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Dislike: Working with Excel…a necessary evil.
Like: The team! I really feel blessed. Some of my close friends are my colleagues and some colleagues became really good friends over the years. You can’t plan for such things but it’s great when they happen.

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EXPLAIN YOUR STYLE?
It really depends on my mood. I wake up in the morning asking myself how I feel or want to feel that day and dress accordingly. Comfortable, powerful, goofy,.. If I don’t know I’ll just make up a persona. Right now I often feel like the lovechild of Jimi Hendrix and Missy Elliot raised by Tina Turner.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ESSENTIEL ITEM AND WHY?
First season I collaborated on was Women Winter collection 2015. We designed this really beautiful jacket in a gorgeous Italian fabric with a lurex yarn. I will never say no to some sparkle and it’s my go to jacket whenever I don’t know what to wear.

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CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIDER FASHION ADVICE/TIP?
My top 3 advices:
1. Care for your clothes: Someone actually made the effort to sew a garment together, to weave a fabric to knit a sweater. Honor that work.
2. Shop at the men’s department. I like to mix feminine and masculine pieces and I have a soft spot for tailored garments. I always have a look at the men’s collection when I shop at high street brands or at Essentiel. You‘ll find pieces you won’t likely see on another woman.
3. The most important one: Have fun dressing and don’t take yourself too seriously. It looks unsightly.

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