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The Essence of Esber

The Essence of Esber

Jigsaws of fabrics and flesh. Spliced shapes and cutting silhouettes that flaunt the female form. Eclipses of midriffs against draping ties and keyhole cuts that command the eyes to wander. Edginess and sex appeal that subverts and reawakens traditional gowns and garbs, without giving everything away. This is the essence of Christopher Esber.

The wearer of Esber is always dressed impeccably at the height of style and sophistication, yet simultaneously reveals a tessellated teaser of the woman beneath. Today, we sit down with the design maverick to chat about heritage, hope and harnessing shape, so you don’t have to read between his signature lines.

She’s a woman who loves fashion but is not willing to surrender her body to it.

How does form influence your designs? When, where or how did your preoccupation with cut-outs and sliced silhouettes begin? 

I design them with the idea and premise of negative space, treating clothing like sculpture. I’m always looking for new ways to spotlight and hide areas of the body, showcasing the woman behind the clothes. She’s a woman who loves fashion but is not willing to surrender her body to it.

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve seen happen with (or because of) your designs? 

I love seeing the customer’s interaction with the clothes. We give the customer the option and ability to individualise their pieces. Seeing how customers play and deconstruct my pieces in their own way is so inspiring.

What personal rituals are mainstays in your daily life for fuelling creativity? 

The best thing to do while fuelling creativity is doing something else. Between going to the beach, training and running, it’s about giving yourself the headspace to step back and think. That’s when I’m most objectively creative.

Christopher Esber – Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top

Christopher Esber – Pleated Knit Tie Skirt

Christopher Esber – Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top

Christopher Esber – Pleated Knit Tie Skirt

What would you say to a woman fearful/insecure about wearing some of your garments given their skin-revealing tendencies? 

There’s nothing to be afraid of. Just go for it. Embrace your body. If you want to pare it down, layering a tee and long sleeve spencers for more of a relaxed look is cool, too.

How does Christopher Esber contribute to the fashion industry in the context of ethics and social responsibility?

Mass consumption is an issue, so providing clothing with multi-wear options and items that are crafted from high-quality fabric and made well for a longer lifespan is our brand mantra.

Tell us a little bit about your beginnings in life (i.e. location, passions, family) and how you think they’ve influenced the way you see the world today.

I was quite independent when I was younger, endlessly creating and drawing. I was always out and about, seeing what’s happening on the streets. Taking this sense of street-meets-beach culture and applying that to an elevated context of fashion has been my foundation of design, and how I see the world.

Unveil the striking shapes and slashed silhouettes of Christopher Esber at Harrolds now.

Christopher Esber – Long Sleeve Orbit Dress

Christopher Esber – Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress

Christopher Esber – Long Sleeve Orbit Dress

Christopher Esber – Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress

Shop the collection


Pleated Knit Tie Skirt
New
Christopher Esber

Pleated Knit Tie Skirt

$550
Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top
New
Christopher Esber

Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top

$440
Long Sleeve Orbit Dress
New
Christopher Esber

Long Sleeve Orbit Dress

$690
Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress
New
Christopher Esber

Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress

$590

Shop the collection


Pleated Knit Tie Skirt
New
Christopher Esber

Pleated Knit Tie Skirt

$550
Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top
New
Christopher Esber

Cropped Tie Ribbed Knit Top

$440
Long Sleeve Orbit Dress
New
Christopher Esber

Long Sleeve Orbit Dress

$690
Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress
New
Christopher Esber

Pierced Quartz Elongated Shirt Dress

$590

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