Irina is a social entrepreneur and an avid advocate of the Circular Economy, and Sustainability in the Fashion Industry. Taking special interest in Textile Waste, Irina founded FABCYCLE in 2017, a B2B collection service of textile waste to enable designers to disrupt the cycle of garment production, and transform waste into resources by finding innovative outlets to Reuse, Recycle and Recover Fabric Waste. Irina is also the founder of Frameworq Education Society, a non-profit organization with the mission to overthrow a throwaway culture, bring back repair skills, build resilient communities, and divert textile waste from the landfill. Her passion for sustainability, ensuring that no usable fabric goes to waste, and connecting textile makers with affordable and accessible materials is the driving creative force of FABCYCLE. Fabric is not waste!
Erin Gravelle MSM
Erin has a healthy obsession with fabric as a 4th generation seamstress, and a qualified Fashion Designer from VCC Design Program. She is also trained as a Personal Stylist, with many years of retail and customer service experience making her the perfect person to speak with about any project you want to accomplish. As a longtime Naval Reservist with the Sea Cadet Program, she is FABCYCLE's ultimate task master to ensure that fabric makes its way into the right hands for the right project. Less waste, more creativity!
Kirin comes from a background in social media and design and is nearly done with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Minor in Publishing. She joined FABCYCLE as the first team member back in December 2019, and knows the business inside and out. Kirin’s love of design, organization, and sustainable practices has led her to the current role of finding creative solutions to help FABCYCLE grow. In her free time, you’ll find her obsessing over book covers, and on the lookout for a good vintage find!
Virginia Smith BFA/Des.
Virginia has a sharp eye, distinct personal style, and a quick wit for writing with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art and Design, Minor in Photography from OCAD University's Material Art and Design Program. She also has ample experience working for various Canadian small fashion brands, where she honed her skills and developed a fascination for the Marketing and Communications side of fashion business. Virginia's background and desire to be continuously learning and researching new ways to optimize our online presence drive FABCYCLE's business and brand forward. Create more, waste less! https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/undergraduate-studies/material-art-and-design
Marketing Coop Student
Bakhtiar is our resident fashion and creative maestro, working towards his Communication Major at Simon Fraser University. He resides in Surrey, BC where he stands out through his FABulous wardrobe and zany personality. He is passionate about popular culture, fashion, music, photography, and creative writing, and he prefers to write in invisible ink and speak in tongue twisters as he manifests his ideal future. Currently, he hopes to fulfill his childhood dreams of becoming a triple threat: a world renowned magician, dog whisperer, and reality TV personality. Bakhtiar can likely be found singing poorly at an indie concert, eating Instagram worthy food in a retro diner, in his bedroom playing dress up, or shooting our next social media campaign!
Marketing Coop Student
Nao has a background in Marketing from SFU, where she is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Communications, and she is also the VP of Creative on the SFU Student Union. She is an incredible force of positive energy, social media savvy, and her vision for creating fun quirky content is unparalleled. Her infectious laugh and desire to connect the local online community of makers with FABCYCLE's mission and fabrics drives our brand forward!
"Amazing customer support, I ordered off the treasure cart and got EXACTLY what I needed even though I couldn't be there to choose my own fabric! Now I just need to carve out some time to work on my project!
"LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. I love being able to use upcycled fabric, which is great quality. Their website to sell their fabric is probably the most detailed I have ever seen and their customer service is phenomenal. I never write reviews on Facebook so that tells you how much I am willing to support this company. Great selection of fabric and online ordering is a breeze! (almost too much of a breeze...I order too much!)
"I always keep an eye out for new arrivals, love the concept of providing a way of using fabrics that might otherwise be destined for the landfill. Service is great, very personalized. Last time I ordered enough to qualify for a surprise mystery pack but forgot to tick that box off on my order. I got a phone call right away asking me if I wanted the surprise. Thoughtful. Easy curb side pickup service, good for these times.
"I started sewing my own clothes this year as I realized that fast fashion is a huge cause for textile waste, carbon emissions and sometimes contain unethical factory conditions for workers. A family friend recommended this website as a resource to sift through when looking for fabric. I found some super unique pieces that I wouldn't find anywhere else. The shipping was super fast and the customer support was very efficient. Though one piece of fabric did have a couple of stains I was still very satisfied with my purchase! I think everyone should look to second hand fabric before buying as a world we need to consume more responsibly.