2019 - Retail & Consumer Products

Retail & Consumer Products

Kristi Soomer

CEO, Encircled Inc.

At responsible fashion company Encircled, it’s not just the “Reversible Bandeau Bra” that goes in a circle… Through working exclusively with Canadian sewing contractors, she is able to save any extra fabric cuttings from the creation of her larger designs, and transform what used to be waste-to-landfill into scrunchies, leg warmers, headbands and the aforementioned bras. Manufacturing locally also ensures fair wages, high quality, good working conditions, as well as fewer emissions from transportation. Encircled also responsibly recycles any scrap fabric that cannot be upcycled through a textile recycling bin in Toronto. Founder Kristi also educates and encourages her customers about ways to find new uses for her products after a long life in their closets. Fashion can be full circle!