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.
I was late because of the subways being delayed, and I was woefully unprepared for class. I did not bring a fabric, and Wanda, our instructor could not have been more accommodating. I loved this class and would recommend it to anyone.
Daniel was a great instructor. Encouraging and stern when he needed to be. I had not used my sewing machine in 18 years so this was a great refresher course for me. Originally I was skeptical that I would actually finish my tote bag in a three hour period but I did and so did everyone else. I would highly recommend.
The methodology and sequence of information in this class was illogical.
I really enjoyed this basic sewing class. I went into the class with absolutely no sewing skills, and left with the fundamentals and a finished product (a skirt)! The staff was friendly, and the instructor, Daniel, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I loved that the class was small and hands-on. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because we didn't learn how to cut the fabric (the instructor did that for us), but I'm sure if I had asked it would have been explained. I had so much fun and am looking forward to registering for my next class soon.
Excellent and to the point. Loved it and looking to take more.
I would have given the class a 5 if the class was more comfortable. It was the hottest I have ever been. Air conditioner was never working right so it was very uncomfortable.The instructor Amber is excellent . She was patient, and talented.
The instructor, Daniel, was fun and funny. He did a good job of explaining everything in detail but still kept things moving. I wish we could have had a little more time to practice threading the machine because it felt a bit rushed. But overall, I was happy with the class, and left feeling like I could do some basic sewing, which is what I'd hoped for!
Nerverecking for a first class but excited to refresh my sewing skills
I learned so much. The teacher is excellent!
Daniel was super friendly and broke down the material into small and comprehensive pieces. I will definitely take another course again.