Meet Laura Howe

Matrushka Designer and Owner

Meet Laura Howe

Matrushka Designer and Owner

I came to Los Angeles with nothing but a scholarship to USC and a dream to become an artist.

I come from a family that believes in the importance of honing a craft and sharing it with others. My English grandmother was a seamstress and meticulous dresser and had a profound influence upon me. After many years, I’ve grown into a clothing designer, art patron and entrepreneur. I believe strongly in the holistic benefit of making dresses within our community – by the people, for the people. It gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment right here in Silver Lake and in the larger sense of community.

At Matrushka, we provide something almost no one else does: hand-made clothes that can be altered on the spot! It’s all about simplicity and great fit. Clothes should look great, be comfortable, and give you confidence for every occasion. In our shop, if you don’t find your size, we will make it for you.

I love to work personally with my clients to make the outfit perfectly compliment the best aspects of their unique body and style.

The Highest Dedication to Craftmanship

Female owned and operated, Matrushka has developed a loyal following over the last 15 years because of our commitment to quality, originality, and relationship with our customers that is second to none.  Every piece is designed, cut, sewn and sold right here in Silver Lake, and every piece can be tailored to your exact needs.

Meet the women who made your dress.

Reina

What I like best about Matrushka
I enjoy the variety of styles, colors and textiles that are used in making the garments at Matrushka.

About myself
I am from El Salvador in Central America. I came to this country 33 years ago. I started sewing when I was 13 years old but had made my first dress when I was just 7 and the rest is history!

What I like about living in LA
What I like most about living in Los Angeles and this country is that it has given me the opportunity to learn English, which I greatly appreciate. As a result many doors have opened for me and have given me the chance to communicate with all kinds of people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Leslie

What I like best about Matrushka
I like how we can customize orders for customers. Making sure the garments fit perfectly ensuring a happy customer every time they visit us! I also really like the variety of styles and textiles we have to offer.

About myself
I am an LA native having lived in the Echo Park area my whole life and I have a wonderful daughter who is my world. I started out as an intern at Matrushka when I was 17 and have now been a pattern cutter here for five years.

What I like about living in LA
I love the Los Angeles weather! Also despite being a large city there is beautiful scenery and nature here as well.

Leslie

What I like best about Matrushka
I like how we can customize orders for customers. Making sure the garments fit perfectly ensuring a happy customer every time they visit us! I also really like the variety of styles and textiles we have to offer.

About myself
I am an LA native having lived in the Echo Park area my whole life and I have a wonderful daughter who is my world. I started out as an intern at Matrushka when I was 17 and have now been a pattern cutter here for five years.

What I like about living in LA
I love the Los Angeles weather! Also despite being a large city there is beautiful scenery and nature here as well.

Brittany

What I like best about Matrushka
I like Matrushka because not only is it a local company with sustainably made beautiful garments but it is also woman owned and operated.

About myself
I grew up in California and I have worked in the vintage and clothing industry for over 13 years. I also have a passion for animals and embroidery.

What I like about living in LA
I like living in LA because of all the diversity, art and culture that is embraced everyday.

I like Matrushka because not only is it a local company with sustainably made beautiful garments but it is also woman owned and operated.

— BRITTANY

Babs

What I like about working at Matrushka
The unique experience of working at a handmade in L.A. clothing boutique! I love assisting in tailoring clothes to fit our amazing customers!

About me
Beagle mom, 28 years of customer service and retail experience, vintage clothes and cars are my passion

What I like about living in L.A.
I love that there is so much to experience and do on any given day!

Susie

What I like best about Matrushka
I like Matrushka because it’s beautiful and fun handmade affordable fashion for the people made right here in Silver Lake and not in some factory in China. 

About myself
I split my time between designing and creating items for the store and writing for comedians like Norm Macdonald. I’m a renaissance girl.

What I like about living in LA
I like living in LA because of all the artistic opportunities and the array of interesting people who come into the store and shop. Over the years, many have become my friends.

Susie

What I like best about Matrushka
I like Matrushka because it’s beautiful and fun handmade affordable fashion for the people made right here in Silver Lake and not in some factory in China. 

About myself
I split my time between designing and creating items for the store and writing for comedians like Norm Macdonald. I’m a renaissance girl.

What I like about living in LA
I like living in LA because of all the artistic opportunities and the array of interesting people who come into the store and shop. Over the years, many have become my friends.

Mary

What I like about Matrushka
The clothes are beautiful and made by a wonderful local artist, and each garment feels individual. The Matrushka clothes I own have grown up with me and have lasted till present day. They were made with such a good eye; I think what’s in fashion at the moment is irrelevant when you’re wearing a Matrushka dress because it simply always looks good.

About me
I was born and raised in Silverlake, and am currently majoring in English at University. I have interned at Matrushka for the past two summers. Matrushka has been a part of my neighborhood life ever since I can remember, and all my favorite clothes are from there. I love film, reading, and sewing.

What I like about living in L.A.
It is a sunny, weird, wonderful place that has great food, art and music. Also, it has the most beautiful light for photography ever!