ABOUT US

Originating in 1987 as La Movida Designs, Laurie Allan-Franks began this company as a clothing line designed and manufactured in Vancouver, with distribution throughout Western Canada. Since then, we have evolved to become La Movida Sewing & Design Studios, a creative applied arts studio specializing in sewing, illustration, and design instruction.

The goal at La Movida is to make learning how to sew as easy and as fun as possible. Our structured and thoughtful teaching methods and customized patterns allow our students to make beautiful fashion forward projects. Our retail environment serves not only to service our practical needs but its varied curated selection of fabrics and notions provides an opportunity to learn how to navigate a fabric store. The studio is filled with beautiful fabric and with dozens of completed projects to inspire your imagination.

To make life easy everything you need to get started is included. Top of the line home sewing machines and sergers, industry professional instructors, beautiful fabrics and great designs.

MEET OUR STAFF

Laurie Allan-Franks

Laurie Allan-Franks

Laurie began La Movida Designs in 1987 which went on to become an award winning, successful fashion design house, trend consultant for local fashion magazines/designers and featured in the Vancouver Sun, the Province and the Georgia Straight. Laurie has past experience teaching children as the owner and operator of a busy children’s fine arts studio for children ages 2-14, where she discovered her passion for teaching and the excitement that comes from seeing the world through a child’s eyes. She believes that creativity must be encouraged if today’s young people are going to be inspired and visionary thinkers in the future.

At La Movida Sewing & Design Studios, Laurie has the ability to combine her technical skills of sewing and fashion design with her passion for teaching and creative eye, to inspire a new generation of artists, fashion designers, and future CEOs, at any age.

David Franks

David Franks

Laurie’s husband David Franks is the Technical Director at La Movida Design Studios. Dave can make, build or fix anything! Dave Franks attended the Douglas College theater program. 

Dave is an excellent teacher with a natural talent for performing and mentoring and takes time from his job in construction to pursue a wide array of activities. Dave is a skilled wire artist and has created large scale sculptures and fine wire-wrapped jewelry.  You will rarely see him, but he is an integral part of our team.

Phebe Mènard

Phebe Mènard

Phebe is an exceptional sewer (and knitter).  Her teaching technique is beyond her years.  Phebe is a Blanche Macdonald graduate in the Fashion Design program where her passion and knowledge of sewing and pattern making flourished and has spent many hours working with her mother in their daycare.  She enjoys working in groups of all ages, leading them to achieve personal goals in a fun and positive environment.

Cècile Raizonville

Cècile Raizonville

Cècile received her BA in fashion design at the French university of Toulouse.  She has spent time on fashion design collections in New York, Paris, Spain and Montreal.  While living in Barcelona she won Lupo Barcelona Modafad Creative Award.  In 2012 while living in Montreal she founded the independent clothing brand MatièreNoire and won Canada’s “Start Up” competition Mercedes-Benz Entrepreneurial Award and was featured in “Fashion Magazine”.

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