Kristine Irving, Owner, Founder, The Urban RackAbout Us

THE URBAN RACK STORY


Founder Kristine Irving, opened the Ladner store in 1998 to fill the growing need for a cool place to shop locally without having to brave the tunnel.

In 2017 Caylea Burch took over ownership. Caylea connects with her customers both on the floor, and behind the scenes. Her goal to find yummy fabrics and stylish lines that fit and flatter real women. Her love of fashion and her desire to surround herself with inspiring women are part of what drives her to continue to honour The Racks mantra “Real, Powerful, Beautiful Women."

 

The Urban Rack is passionate about tapping into their customers’ unique style and personality. They take the time to listen and learn so the customer leaves feeling beautiful. In an industry that often focuses on an unrealistic image of what beauty is, Caylea's plan is to grow and nourish The Urban Rack, in hopes to continue its purpose...Inspiring women to discover and embrace their Unique Beauty.

 

ABOUT CAYLEA


My top three childhood pastimes were Dress up, Barbie’s, and Storekeeper. While other 6 year olds were playing house and feeding baby dolls I was busy fashioning my friends in bath towels (pretending they were fine fabrics of course) and then fashion-showing these creations to my parents, grand parents, baby sitters, dog, basically whoever would watch. I would then happily ring the luxurious imaginary garments into my pretend cash register, and send my happy playmates on their way with their treasures. Barbie is a girl I hold near and dear to my heart because Barbie could do anything, be anyone and have the perfect outfit while doing so! My personal favourite was “Day to Night” Barbie. She was dressed in a 1980’s power suit complete with briefcase, but after 5:00, she would loose her blazer to reveal a hot pink sequined top, and reverse her pencil skirt into a calf length netted full skirt! Proving that she could go from successful businesswoman to cocktail party ready in a heartbeat. She could really do it all!

 

Just like Barbie, I always knew that I wanted to be a business woman and also seemed to naturally possess an entrepreneurial spirit. I wore many hats over the years, working most of my adult life at an executive level within the wedding industry, I was also a real estate agent and in-between all that worked to satisfy my strong commitment to health and wellness as a yoga instructor. All of this and still felt I was missing something. I stumbled into the Urban Rack 5 years ago as a customer and felt I had found my home. I have always admired the atmosphere that Founder Kristine Irving created at The Urban Rack. A place any women could walk into and know they are "Real, Powerful, Beautiful Women". These words are emblazoned on the store bags but are truly the heart of this wonderful local business. I ended up working part time at the shop and modeling at their infamous Charity Fashion Shows. This satisfied some of my childhood dreams but it wasn't until I purchased the store from Kristine that I knew. I knew Barbie's secret. It wasn't so much about "doing it all" but it was about trying many different things and wearing several hats until you find yourself in the place that feels right. The Urban Rack is that place for me as I feel completely at home with the culture that was created here over the past 20 years. I will continue to honour that culture of respecting and supporting women in our community.

 


The Urban Rack Shopping Bag

Cause We Care

About the environment:


In an effort to encourage our customers to re-use their shopping bags we provide a stylish alternative at no extra charge. The models on the bag truly represent who our customers are...REAL, POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN.

To learn more about the women on the bag and why we chose them, click here.

   
The Urban Rack fighting against cancer

About people:

 

Over the years The Urban Rack has helped to raise over $70,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through participation in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, The Underwear Affair, and in store events. It is our commitment to continue to fight alongside the brave survivors to find a cure.

 

In addition to raising money for Cancer research The Urban Rack also supports many other local charities and groups through donations of time, money, and gifts.




These are a few of our favourite organizations that would love and appreciate your support!



Delta Hospice Society Pleasant comforting surroundings.
Support for individuals, families and friends.
Care emphasizing comfort, compassion and support.
Counsellors and trained volunteers available to help.
A Care Team always there.

These are the commitments that the Delta Hospice Society makes to people and their families experiencing the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, end-of-life and to those who are bereaved. The journey may be difficult but you do not need to travel it alone.

The Delta Hospice Society began an $8.5 million capital campaign in the fall of 2007 and by the fall of 2009 had raised 90 per cent of the funds needed for the Irene Thomas Hospice and Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care. The society is busy trying to raise the remaining funding.

www.deltahospice.org



NightShift Street Ministries

Sisters Thrift Boutique
NightShift Street Ministries [ www.nightshiftministries.org ] serve the poor and homeless people in Surrey, BC, 365 days a year with warm meals, clean clothes and the offer of friendship and support. In a combined space at 10635 King George Boulevard, NightShift coordinates the nightly outreach program, offers day-time counselling through The Care Centre and operates a Thrift Boutique through Sisters.

Donations of clothing are managed through Sisters, where volunteers sort suitable items for giving out to street friends, for resale through the store and online
[ www.sistersthriftboutique.com ] and for sending on to other worthy causes locally and abroad. All net proceeds support the operations of NightShift Street Ministries.


Toys For Tots And Ten For You!

Toys For Tots And Ten For You!

 

Each year we collect new, unwrapped toys for children and donate to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. In exchange for your gift we give you a $10 coupon to use at The Urban Rack in our Ladner or Kitsilano store.



Mental Health!

Mental Health for All

 

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.



   
Mental Health!

Christmas Pyjama Drive

 

The awesome brainchild of 9 year old South Surrey student, Reese Shelly, The Christmas Pyjama Drive has collected over 4000 pairs of pj's for deserving children since its inception 4 years ago.  The Urban Rack has been a proud partner and will continue to be a convenient place for you to drop off your donation during the holiday season.