Who is Essie?
I was born in France in the 90s, a balanced mix of a French mother and a Togolese father which decided to give me 4 names. Yes, not 1 or 2 but 4!!! Essie is my 4th name, my only African name to honor my father heritage, and « Dh » is part of my last name.
I grew up in France seeing my mother making African outfits, and my father bringing back treasures from Africa.
In 2010 during a trip to the United States, I had the chance to learn more about the land of my ancestors thanks to my amazing cousin. She took the time to teach me about my African culture and opened a brand new world to me.
4 years later after achieving a Management and Marketing master degree I’ve chosen to pursue my life journey in Canada, where I moved on my own to become a better version of myself.
Always seeking for unique clothes, it wasn't until mid 2019 that I decided to learn sewing on my own and follow the steps of my talented mother.
Beginning of Essie Dh
Since the entire world has been affected by the pandemic in 2020 and with urge to keep each other safe by wearing masks. I decided to contribute as well by sewing non-surgical masks for the general public and donate them.
I feel that for each of us, there's a piece of accessory that speak to us and my mission is to create that piece.
Each fabric is used with an eco-responsible objective of Zero Waste, for example fabric scraps will be used to make key rings, purses or earrings.
Most of the fabrics I use have been carefully chosen by my mother over the past 40 years. She passed away in 2021 I wanted to pay homage to her by using her fabrics and giving them new life through my creations.