"Essie Buckman's voice is one many would like to silence.  The voice of a black woman and a proud, ambitious and uncompromising business leader.  As head of her brand Fortie Label, she has dedicated her brand to the multi dimensional, fearless Fortie woman" - LUCAS LAUER, Dull Magazine 

After completing a successful BA Honours in Fashion Design w/ Marketing,  Essie was chosen by Willie Walters to debut her first collection at the coveted CSM BA Press Show (2017)  From this the Fortie Label brand was born and quickly gained a variety of press avenues following the show. Since then Fortie Label has been featured in noted fashion publications such as Italian Vogue, Dull Magazine and i-D. Fortie Label clientele includes fashion and music icons such as Rihanna, Chaelin CL and Jorja Smith.