Burnett New York

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.