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Raising strong women: Sarah Bagharib

Raising strong women: Sarah Bagharib

Sarah Bagharib is a woman who wears many hats, but her raison d’etre is to lend a voice to the voiceless. We’ve been inspired by her social advocacy efforts which... Read More
On creative parenting: Debby Yu

On creative parenting: Debby Yu

The first time we met Debby was at a whisky tasting event, and it was her first ‘night-out’ as a new mum. It was a chance encounter and we immediately... Read More
It Takes A Village: Louise Graham and Sophie Gilmour

It Takes A Village: Louise Graham and Sophie Gilmour

If co-working is the future of work, then The Village is definitely leading the way. Located in a charming, converted villa just on the fringe of Auckland’s CBD, The Village... Read More
Hidden Gems of Joo Chiat

Hidden Gems of Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat is a melting pot of culture, a heady blend of old and new. Family businesses and quaint shophouses sit alongside cool cafés, and there are lots of gems waiting to be discovered. In this list, find recommendations sourced from the Esse team and community of things to eat, see and do when you are in Joo Chiat next.
Saving the Earth (one packaging at a time)

Saving the Earth (one packaging at a time)

From July - September, we’re embarking on a trial with Package Pals to collect all used Esse mailer envelopes. We will then take back all used Esse mailer envelopes, to check, clean and redistribute them for reuse. This trial initiative is our way of exploring how we can make our packaging more circular.
A New Way Forward For Fashion

A New Way Forward For Fashion

The existential issues that the fashion industry has been grappling with has been something that I’ve been trying to address with our small little brand for nearly 3 years. Having worked in the luxury fashion industry for a number of years, and seeing firsthand the amount of waste generated and the mountains of unsold inventory stuck in warehouses had made me want to approach the way that we operate differently.
To Our Community - COVID-19 Updates

To Our Community - COVID-19 Updates

To our friends, our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times. It’s been hard to navigate the unknown, but as we continue to better understand how we can do our part to slow down the spread of COVID-19, we want to do all we can to keep our customers, team members and local communities safe. Please check back here for updates on your orders, shipping, exchanges and returns.
Championing diversity and inclusivity: Charmaine Poh

Championing diversity and inclusivity: Charmaine Poh

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Each for Equal, and is all about challenging stereotypes and broadening perceptions for a more inclusive and representative society. That’s why, we’ve decided to sit down with Charmaine to chat about her work and her thoughts on inclusivity and representation, particularly along the lines of femininity. 
Dining in comfort with Charlotte Mei

Dining in comfort with Charlotte Mei

Of her many attributes and abilities, Charlotte is most known for cooking, and is fluent in all things delicious and healthy. Charlotte is also a sustainability advocate, nutritionist and host of The Charlotte Mei channel on YouTube. For now, we’ll leave you with mouth-watering pictures as well as an amazingly simple yet delicious dish she generously shared with us.
Olivia Choong on living off the land

Olivia Choong on living off the land

In land-scarce Singapore, stories of urban farming and living off the land are few and far between. However, there are a few narratives, like that of Olivia’s, who have endured and inspired.