THE BRAND MISSIONCO – FOUNDED BY WOMEN, BURNETT NEW YORK’S MISSION IS TO EMPOWER,INSPIRE AND POSITIVELY IMPACT ALL WOMEN.
BEHIND THE BRAND
Emily and Sterling met in 2016 when Emily began to design Sterling's custom Dennis Basso wedding gown. Sterling was so impressed with Emily's designs and craftsmanship that she asked why she had not yet launched her own brand. The idea of Burnett New York was born and the two women began to build the business.
Emily Burnett is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Creative Director for Burnett New York. Burnett co-founded the eponymous luxury line after having gained international renown and industry recognition during her 10-year tenure at New York’s premier luxury design house, Dennis Basso. As Creative Director for Dennis Basso, Burnett’s signature aesthetic helped the house cement its reputation for feminine sensibility and detailed craftsmanship across evening wear, evening-inspired sportswear, and bridal. Prior to Dennis Basso, Emily was on the design team at Ralph Lauren.
Sterling McDavid is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and President of Burnett New York, where she is responsible for sales, marketing, and finance. McDavid is also the Founder and CEO of the Starling Project, a social impact luxury home fragrance line. Prior to launching The Starling Project, Sterling was an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
We strive to redefine the parameters of a traditionally male-dominated space by creating a thoughtful, diverse community for our clients, team, and partners.
Burnett New York is a women-owned-and-run design house built on the philosophy that fashion is power. From the classroom to the boardroom, the sidewalk to the red carpet—clothing can be a tool to further a woman’s ambition. We believe in the confidence that an expertly-crafted garment can inspire and evangelize personal style as a symbol of independence.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Between dedicating our business to the bespoke renaissance and empowering in the next generation of female creatives, we believe in the vibrant future that deliberate investment and giving back affords. Our goal is to reframe the fashion space by supporting artistry, fostering community, and paying it forward in everything that we do.
Investment Through Education
Partner with Parsons School of Design to donate unused fabrics and materials to design studios in underprivileged communities.
On-going support to a roster of non-profit partners through sales, event collaborations, and/or female-focused scholarships donations.
Prioritize female hires to provide industry opportunities for women who may not have normally have access to them.
Emily Burnett is a mentor at the She Fights organization while Sterling McDavid proudly serves on UNICEF’s Board of Directors where she is focused on girls education.