Chris Ellsberg has lived a life woven with determination and survival. She was 20 years old when she left Germany. She did not speak English and had $33 in her pocket.
Her story starts in East Prussia, Germany, in the 1940’s during World War II. One day, the Russians invaded her family’s house under gun point. Soon thereafter their home was burnt to the ground and her family was homeless, without food and under constant threat.
One day her family managed to escape to Berlin and at age 20 Chris moved to Canada. In exchange for a daily lunch meal, she worked at a sewing factory on a foot powered treadle machine and soon learned how to operate industrial grade electric sewing machines.
In 1963, Chris moved to the California, where her pattern making talents landed her a position with Levi’s – as the 2nd pattern maker the company had ever hired.
Most recently, Chris have helped elevate Raleigh Denim Workshop to a major player in the fashion industry.
Raleigh Denim Workshop designer tells survival story
It was a startup company that almost no one had heard of, but now it’s a major player in the fashion world. That’s not the only story at Raleigh Denim Workshop – 78-year-old Chris Ellsberg has lived a life woven with determination and courage.
May 7, 2012 – 7:10pm via WRAL.com