Born and raised in New York. Helen grew up in a home rich in art, classical music and literature. Her Colombian born parents-architect dad and opera buff mom- stressed education and creativity.
After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Helen’s journey began as an assistant in the height of the 80’s for renowned designer Norma Kamali; assisting in all phases of design from couture to ready-to-wear. Her love for lingerie began when she started designing intimates for Victoria Secret when the company opened its first store. Her roles and responsibilities grew to where, as senior designer she went on to design for large companies as Liz Claiborne and Ellen Tracy among other brands.
After 18 years designing in intimates, the years of corporate work under her belt combined with a few savings and the sale of her beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle. Helen launched her own brand. The Harley may be gone but the attitude and spirit live on in her work.
Helen lives in downtown Chelsea New York City with her 16 year old son Liam.
Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC)
The Helen Sanchez collection has debuted in selected juried tradeshows in New York City Curve and Salon International De La Lingerie in Paris. She was selected among a group of emerging talent to participate in “Design Entrepreneurs in NYC” (DENYC), A highly intensive executive level course of study based on craft, talent and product. This program was developed by the Fashion Institute of Technology in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).