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Sunday, 25 June 2017 00:18

The great Halloween costume giveaway....

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    One of the first community partners we were connected with was the Freret Neighborhood Center.  Through a friend, I heard they have a huge Halloween Block Party every year for the kids, and besides the food and games, they also do a costume giveaway.

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    I’ll never forget the day I started thinking about an Entrepreneur Program. September 2013, I was on location in Shreveport, LA and sitting in a boring apartment I’d tried to make feel like home. I’d put big sheets of paper on the walls and was bouncing around ideas of programs for ricRACK.  An after school program.  A repurposed fashion show…..etc

    But the Entrepreneur program I thought about the most.  I wanted to include a way of paying it forward and working for charities.  I wanted to include product development, business marketing, and creative freedom.  How do I roll all these into one? It took 4 years to work this out.

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    I was asked in the very beginning of ricRACK who were the youth that ricRACK wanted to serve?  Was it the less fortunate? at risk? Little kids or teens? Girls or boys? Under-privileged? Economically deprived?

    And I answered ALL children.

    It makes my heart pitter patter to see youngsters sitting at a sewing machine, measuring out seam allowance, pinning fabrics together, and seeing a finished product.

    I don’t want to discriminate or choose students based on anything.

     

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:40

The importance of textile and fabric waste...

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    Around the summer of 2012, I was organizing the wardrobe trailer on the 2nd season of GIRLS and was listening to NPR.

    There was an interview with Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
    And as I sifted through and organized, I knew after hearing this interview that fabric re-use and textile repurposing was going to play a big role in the life of ricRACK.
    I heard things like...

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:18

In the Beginning...

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    There were a lot of factions that came together, in a way, to create the perfect storm, aka my passion to create ricRACK.

    I didn’t know it then, how it was all going to come together to create what we know now as ricRACK…..a re-sale shop, children’s sewing and repurposing lessons, an  entrepreneur program, free Halloween costume give-aways for kids, adult professional classes, and the grandmother of all wardrobe sales, Hollywood Thrift.

    There’s no one impetus, but many things that can be accredited to ricRACK’s identity.

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