From the age of 10 sewing her own clothes became part of Laila’s everyday life, for fun and frugality. Later, studies in Fine Art lead to multi media and textile montage expressions well into University, which she paid for with Batik silk scarves, her first entrepreneurial experiment called Lovely Silks by Laila. A series of sold out Solo Painting shows spawned another venture involving reproductions of her paintings called Deluscious Wearables. These were the beginnings of the full circle you behold today.
After a life-altering trek through the Himalaya, Laila spent her 30s planning her escape from her day job in the Graphic Arts industry by studying the healing modalities of Usui Reiki, Expressive Art therapy and Gestalt therapy. She then began her full time entrepreneurial journey facilitating International personal growth programs and retreats.
For most of her 40's and early 50's, this Canadian artist experimented in clothing design that evolved with her changing body.
Without intention Laila transformed her awkward self-image into an elegant comfortable style, and her midlife frumpy blues left the building.
Laila approved of her own reflection in the mirror in hot flash friendly fashion.
While observing the alarming epidemic of body image issues in other middle aged women, and after a business coach saw her clothes and told her she was onto something, Laila responded by launching her esteem nurturing label in 2014: Laila Goddess.
Laila expanded her healing practice to include designing and creating clothing collections that consistently support women suffering from common daily difficulties- I feel dumpy and unattractive...What should I wear? Do I look OK?
Laila realized she could help women transform their relationship with the mirror.
This venture is about SO MUCH MORE than fashion.
Laila Goddess is about self-acceptance and self-confidence. It is about feeling fine, being comfortable, not fussing and fidgeting and no longer dreading the mirror's reflection.
Laila Goddess encourages loving your self. AS IS.
Laila committed to servicing a neglected market with flowing, generously cut, flattering styles in essential wardrobe pieces that make a difference to how you feel in your clothes and how you respond to any reflection that catches your eye.
Canadian artist, Laila, designs her original fabrics in her Toronto, Canada studio.
Utilizing her formal Fine Arts-Visual Arts University education, along with years of successful solo painting exhibitions, Laila uses her own photos, words, drawings and other media as inspiration for her ever evolving, limited-edition, original signature textiles.
Laila chooses the colours and the optional colour combinations as one motif expands into a collection; Original Signature fabric design are created in multiple colour pallets.
Referencing her understanding of drape, Laila also decides what kind of material her original designs will be printed on. Easy care breathable rayon crepe, crinkle and woven, and high end luxurious rayon/lycra blends are most prevalent in the collections. Linen is also available the LUX collections
ABOVE: Laila's original photos that she transformed into
Collections of 18 Original Signature Textiles:
Lattic and Peony/Bonjour/Penelope fabrics
BELOW: 4 of 6 variations of the Celeste Textile Collection.
Utilizing her therapy background as a professional observer and listener, Laila implements the information and feedback women express as they try on clothing or comment on their unsatisfactory wardrobes. She remembers their wishes and what they have trouble finding.
All this inspires Laila's clothing design, and more importantly the fit and feel of the garments she creates.
Fit is a challenge for women who are in or post menopause. Our bodies change. Going up a size doesn't solve the fit issues. The fit needs to adapt to the specific concerns of mature women.
LAILA MASTERFULLY ACHIEVES EXCELLENT, FLATTERING, COMFORTABLE FIT FOR MATURE WOMEN WITH CHANGING BODIES.
Women are so appreciative of her intense investment of the time, talent and resources involved in providing this solution-driven, uniquely creative venture.
ABOVE: After getting more compliments than ever before while wearing her one Laila Goddess outfit, Patricia booked an appointment for a custom new wardrobe consultation to fill her recently emptied out closet with only Laila Goddess versatile matching ensembles!
After designing the textiles, colours and pallet options, and designing the original clothing styles, with consideration to the sizing, and the way the fabrics work together in all the garments that make up the collection, after all the creative input is in place, Laila then launches into the practical production of her vision.
Drawing on her 20 years working in the graphic arts and printing industry, Laila proceeds with silk screened ink proofs of the first colour pallet options. Once finalized, the new textiles are hand-printed one meter and one colour at a time.
Laila relies on her life long sewing skills and experience to develop the original clothing pattern and sample making of the new garment styles.
The details are countless when offering 4 sizes in multiple styles that need to coordinate together for a versatile ensemble that you can confidently wear to work, wine bar and world travel.
Canadian artist, Laila, attends to every detail in the coordination of the entire Collection by merging creative expression and problem solving start to finish.
BELOW: Expansive design connection between original textile collections resulting in endless mix and match versatility: Top row Phoebe Noir fabric morphs into middle row Aurora Pearl , bottom row mix and match with Solid Noir.
The fusion of beloved images, elegant fabric and garment design culminating in flattering functionality eclipses Laila’s previous dreams for a meaningful vocation based on creative and spiritual self-expression.
Laila has never felt more professionally fulfilled as she re-configures her artistic, healing and business passions to merge with her formal Fine Arts-Visual Arts training, vast knowledge and skill in sewing, colour theory and printing methods, and her sensitivity to body-image concerns of mature women, to create this very personal clothing label.
Honestly, though, it's the stream of responses from the grateful women wearing Laila Goddess, who return time and again for more, delighting as they look in the mirror, enjoying gorgeous comfort, actually feeling beautiful again, changing their self-perception into something healthy and happy, that's what fuels Laila's pride in and commitment to this successful creative venture.