ricRACK combines creative skill building with environmental responsibility by offering meaningful opportunities to youth and adults to re-use donated clothing, textiles, and craft materials. This mission builds on increased public and industry awareness of sustainability and waste reduction within the fashion industry.

Why teach costuming and sewing?

Of course there are the basic life skills of measuring, cutting, tracing, hand eye coordination, patterning, and sewing by hand and machine, but the more we teach, the bigger we see the picture of what our students are learning.

We see individual interpretation and creation, resourcefulness and independent thinking, pride and confidence, making mistakes and completing goals, commitment and perserverance, problem solving and self reliance.  We have parents who have been shocked at how much these classes helped their child “come out of their shell” or reach for higher goals, there’s no giving up in a ricRACK class. 


Why Start the Organization in New Orleans?

Because we dress up for any occasion, special or not.  It’s tradition.  It’s the culture.  Everyone here has a closet for their everyday clothes and a “costume closet”.

I saw a kid years ago wearing one of those awful Halloween t-shirts with these horrific words printed on it “this is my Halloween Costume”.

Horror of horrors.

In all the cities, in all the states, in this country, in the world, there is no excuse for an individual not to have a costume, be it Halloween or another holiday.

ricRACK is a place to learn how to sew, how to create, how to repurpose, and how to not ever have an excuse for an individual to not having a costume.


Please contact us for more information.

Joel Barker:

"Vision without action is merely a dream.  Action without vision merely passes time. 
Vision with action can change the world."

PO Box 750997

New Orleans, LA 70175

ricRACK Warehouse is appointment only

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