About Affine

A folded pile of linen hand dyed using natural dyes. Purpose is to show that our founder experiments with processes in the making of our garments.

Our Approach

With comfort and classic style in mind, Affine uses natural fiber fabrics to make practical, long-lasting garments in a responsible way. To achieve this, we create timeless garments with considered design. In addition we make them locally and do everything we can to minimize waste. We want you to feel good about investing in our clothes.

Everything we make is produced in small runs so that each garment ends up in the hands of an adoring owner, not in a landfill. Affine takes back leftover fabric from production for use in smaller projects. We know exactly what is left behind, and we put it to use! 

Irena Kongsuwan, Founder, Designer

Irena is a visual artist, working in various mediums. With a life-long passion for fashion she has naturally moved toward designing things to wear. Even as a child no closet in the family home was safe from her quest to experiment with pieces to style.

Today Irena looks to wear things that feel amazing. After all, when we feel great, it shows. Most of all, she is set on creating useful pieces allowing the wearer to feel like their authentic self.

In her free time Irena can be found in a paint-covered apron, dreaming of travel to warm places by the sea (which she is obsessed with).

See her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/irenamk/

What’s in a Name?

Affine in Italian means descended from the same root. This idea of inheriting values and a way of life from our ancestors is connected to traditional, proven ways of clothing humans. For example, linen is a natural fiber fabric that has been used in garments for thousands of years!

Irena also carries on the values her Southern European Grandmothers modelled:

Firstly, respect the Earth’s resources. Everything takes energy and resources to make!

Secondly, make things well, then take care of them.

Finally, minimize waste. Every bit matters.

These values frame the work of Affine Fibers.

How to pronounce Affine. It sounds like uh-feen.

Location

We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi  (Blackfoot Confederacy) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Blood Tribe/Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the îyârhe Nakodabi (Stoney-Nakoda) First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations.

Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis”  which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta Region III.

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