From beautiful basics to stunning statement pieces, Fibres promises to deliver fashions for both the luxury shopper and the budget-conscious. Fibres carries clothing for men, women and children, with the focus on eco-friendly fabrics, and sustainable practices of manufacturing and sourcing. Clothing for all sizes will be represented, from XS to 3X.
Fibres’ goal is to offer ethical clothing that is fashionable and flattering; suitable to wear with rainboots, blundstones, or unreasonably high heels.
Fibres has a long history of serving Hornby Island since 1978. It began as a co-operative of 6 women who made clothing, art, and other artisan items. This belief in selling locally-made and Canadian-made products will be continued under the new ownership. As of 2015, Fibres will be owned by Claire Burke, who has the previous experience of owning a sustainable clothing store in Vancouver (www.facebook.com/planetclaire.clothing), and has been selling her own jewellery line on Hornby Island since moving to the island in 2013.
Fibres carries clothing for both men and women as well as jewellery, local visual art, and home decor. Canadian-made content will be high, along with some made in USA, and some well-researched imported lines, such as Abaca, manufactured in Mexico, and Vigorella from Australia. From September to May, Fibres will carry an edited selection of vintage and second-hand clothing; bringing in unique and affordable options, as well as being the most sustainable form of fashion – recycling resources already produced. Fibres will also continue to carry clothing made by Shirley Wyndham, who has been supplying Fibres with clothing for 35 years. Other local designers will be featured, such as Veronica Lynn Designs, and Art-Haus Fashion Designs by Gina-Rae Horvath.
As a ‘green’ business, Fibres uses environmentally friendly office supplies (http://www.lykki.com/green) recycled & recyclable bags, tags, & signage; and bamboo clothing hangers. When buying equipment and fixtures for the store, Claire opts for second-hand and vintage pieces, not only for their beauty and charm, but also to recycle resources already produced.
There is a website in the works, to be launched in 2015. The website will feature a comprehensive list of all the designers and lines carried at Fibres, each detailing their own philosophy and business ethic. Online sales planned for 2016!
Fibres is open year-round, although hours change seasonally. Check the Facebook group for current hours of operation.