Owners and founders Esaie and Wanda Bruno bring 30 years of combined experience in the design and marketing of clothing. Their fierce dedication to excellence guides their company as well as their New York sewing classes.
Wanda, a native of Philadelphia, came to New York with a dream to enter the fashion industry after attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has since worked for many years on the design teams at Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Eileen Fisher, Betsey Johnson, House of Dereon, Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers and many other designer companies and high-end retailers. She has traveled across the world to personally oversee the development of many of these designer lines.
Esaie, a native of Port-Au-Prince Haiti, has extensive experience in the sales and marketing of clothing lines. Being a stylish man in his own right, and with well-honed people skills and customer care, he is able to anticipate and immediately respond to his clients fashion wardrobe needs.
In addition, Esaie and Wanda are both trained image consultants retained by high profile politicians, celebrities, leaders in industry and athletes. They are a valuable resource, offering advice on color, silhouette, industry-appropriate style options and accessory choices. They are available as speakers and seminar presenters on these and other topics related to fashion, sewing, patterns and dressmaking.
What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
The most popular classes are the 2-Hour Sew Simple, 3-Hour Learn to Sew in a Day, 6 Month Garment Construction, 6 Month Fashion Design.
How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
We've been officially in business for about 10 years this 2016. Fifteen years ago, Esaie and Wanda Bruno founded the Esaie Couture custom clothing line in New York City. As the years passed, the sense of style exhibited through Esaie Couture clothing sparked an ever growing inspiration and contagious longing to learn to sew among their clientele, a longing which led to the eventual birth of the Esaie Couture Design School, conceived with the primary purpose of empowering fashion enthusiasts with the knowledge and skill of fashion sewing and design.
What is your average class size?
Our average class size is 6-7 students.
What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically between 25 and 55 years of age, many have some experience in the fashion industry who seeks to enhance their knowledge and skill in order to utilize them in their own entrepreneurial endeavors. And others take advantage of our open enrollment and philosophy "If you want to learn, we'll teach you", along with our personal attention and hands on approach, to further their academic careers.
Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
There are many attractions within walking distance of the school. Before or after class, a student could see a game at Madison Square Garden, go sight seeing at the Empire State Building, walk over to Times Square for dinner , a Broadway show or to just see the sights, or shop at many retailers in the area, including world famous Macy's Department Store.
The class is very informative and fun. The instructor Danny Mayorga is an absolute rock star. Overall a great way to start your Saturday mornings. Highly recommend.
I took Daniel's class this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed his teaching style. I liked that he kept us engaged and did the 'musical' chairs on different seats. His use of layman's terms made it so easy for me to remember the sewing basics. He gave practical information that we can use for life! - Princess
Excellent, Daniel explains things very well and clearly, learned a whole bunch for a 3 hour class. Take care! Valerie
The instructor was very welcoming and made the class fun and informative. I definitely recommend this class.
Perfect class for beginners. I had played around with a sewing machine a little bit prior to the class, but this really boosted my confidence (especially as far as setting up the machine, how it actually works, and how to avoid making the mistakes I kept making before). Super fun instructor too!
Great class. I learned a lot and had fun!
Amazing class, Wanda is a lovely teacher!!
This beginner sewing workshop was great. I've learned quite a few things that I did not know before. Daniel is a great teacher. I got a few yellings from him but all for good reasons (you are supposed to lower the machine foot gently!). We all finished our zippered bags by the end of class. This is a great sewing class for beginners. I definitely recommend it.
The class was great! Wish it was clear that we would need to bring our own fabric or pay $10. I completely missed that. Otherwise everything was great!