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 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!
Daniel has the patience of a saint. Every time I heard an, "Oh, honey..." I knew I messed up something big time. He even let me stay way past class so I could finish my garment. This review is for the sewing bootcamp, but CourseHorse won't let me add it there. I took the sew-in-a-day class too, which was also great. But you learn a lot more over the three-day bootcamp
An amazing and jam packed 4 weeks, which is exactly what I needed. Really appreciated that the course was very cut to the chase, no fuss just all the information you need to get started in pattern making. The instructor is great and very attentive to each students needs. Loved it and eager to take the draping course next.
The instructor, Danny was excellent. He was able to teach us with patience and efficiency. I was surprised that I made a skirt in less than 3 hours. I enjoyed the class and was very happy with the service..
Wanda is phenomenal. Very clear, very attentive and very funny.
I really enjoyed this class. Sewing is a relatively new hobby to me, and I thought this class gave me the tools and techniques to understand what would be involved in making a dress, and then hopefully future projects.
This course was not what I expected it to be. Although I did learn some interesting things, I believe it was misnamed. Instead of '8-Week Fashion Design Fundamentals' it should be called '8-Week Fashion Line Development Fundamentals.' The majority of the course was focused on trend tracking and analysis and how to incorporate that into the design of a clothing line. This was not what I was hoping for, and I found myself largely disappointed. I tried to make the best of it to learn what I could, but I would not recommend this course to anyone looking for an actual introduction to fashion design.
I loved everything about this class. Our instructor Wanda was the perfect combo of knowledgeable, approachable, patient and funny! Having never used a sewing machine before, I was a little intimidated- but she explained things so well and was always there if one of us needed help. We ran over the time a little, but we all walked out with a skirt! I'd love to take another class with her.
"8 weeks design fundamentals " it's an ideal course for who wants to get a general idea about fashion designer's role. You learn how schedules, deliveries, fabrics and design process work. I really recommend to take this class to people who have always been passinate about fashion design and want to start getting knowledgeable about this amazing field.