Susan Bender, Designer
When you put on a Susan Bender stretch leather jacket, it should feel like it was made just for you.
That feeling is exactly what inspires Susan Bender when she is designing her collection each season.
Each piece, both luxurious and comfortable, is designed to seamlessly blend into any wardrobe, elevating the wearer’s style.
Fashion is a lifestyle for this New Yorker. Back in high school, Susan’s English teacher often teased her about her flamboyant style, which admittedly lacked some restraint because, well, fashion was an important aspect of her day! She later graduated Tufts University and immediately landed a job in retail management at Bloomingdale’s flagship store in Manhattan. As she gained real-world fashion experience, she went on to earn her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Keeping her eyes on the fashion pulse, she became an independent designer with the help of a small sample-making factory in Manhattan’s Garment District. Through word of mouth, her customer base grew and soon, her collection of leather jackets, dresses and tops was sold to boutiques.
All garments are manufactured predominantly by hand in New York City, where Susan is able to oversee production. “Observing the cutters and the sewers doing their jobs, and maintaining first-hand communication with them, helps me understand how I can make improvements to my designs. I especially love when they tell me which piece is their favorite for the season”.
To this day, she still oversees all production from her NYC location to ensure the same luxurious quality her customers have come to know and trust.