Owner and Creative Director, Elise Bergman Designs
Elise Bergman is a designer, creative consultant, and arts educator. Since 2006, she has owned and operated Elise Bergman, an independent clothing label and design company with a focus on sustainable business practices. Elise designs and creates clothing, accessories, and home goods with a commitment to using local production and high-quality, responsibly sourced, eco-smart materials. In addition producing custom clothing and seasonal ready-to-wear collections, Elise's company provides consulting, private-label design, and production management to a handful of creative brands in the food and hospitality industry. Since 2011, Elise has taught fashion and textile design to middle school and high school students at Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to basic design and construction principles, her curriculum includes lessons in social and environmental awareness and sustainable design. Passionate about agriculture, environmentalism, health, and nutrition, Elise joined the GCM Junior Board in 2014 as a way to tie together her interest in food, design, education, and raising awareness about sustainable living.