Meet Our Instructors

Educators with Passion


Michelle Lacayo


In 2016, Michelle took a sewing class at ricRACK, made a tiny tote, and promptly became obsessed with the craft of sewing. She researched techniques, watched YouTube videos to grow her skills, then started a small business, J. Michelle. She began creating, designing and stitching small practical items, like clutches, wallets and purses, and then moved into quilting. In early 2020, she started making masks for family, friends and frontline workers. Michelle has a keen eye for color and pattern and assembles unexpected fabrics and prints, exploring ways to embellish her works with sequins, hardware and embroidery. The rewards for her are seeing a creation spring to life and making something unique from endless possibilities.

Sylvester West


Sylvester is the perfect example of the American Dream, and he lives it everyday.  He started sewing with ricRACK as a junior in International High school, where he produced TWO fashion shows for Black History Month. He’s gone on to show his amazing designs at New Orleans Fashion Week and Essence Fest.  He is inspired by Kerby Jean Raymond, a Haitian-American Fashion Designer.
One of my favorite mottos is “ there’s a world out there that’s going to doubt you, and try to knock you down.  I fight it by working day and night, because I know I will succeed.”


Sarah Manhy

Corset Master

Sarah came to ricRACK a few years back as a teacher at our Repurposed Fashion Camps at the Ogden Museum.  Synthetic disposable fashion inspired me to design and make my own clothing and accessories. Completely self taught, I incorporate my love for the environment into every piece's journey by sourcing ethical and sustainable fabrics and re-using and up-cycling materials such as packing paper to make patterns. Now, if i can make it on my machine I will. I truly enjoy the creation process and encourage all who are interested to come and discover their love for sewing.

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1927 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. NOLA 70113

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