What started off as a small family owned business, has since evolved into an innovative, forward thinking, dynamic one-stop shop. Global Unique Fabrics, an innovative company for crafters, sewing enthusiasts, yarn & fabric lovers, that values community & innovation. Small enough to care & big enough to deliver. You will be delighted to find everything you need under one roof.
It brings great joy to serve the staff & community. In a world filled with fear, bad news & pessimism, we have sought to change the narrative by using the business as the main vehicle. Our mission through the business is to instill hope, to inspire & leave our clients with an optimistic outlook on life. Our vision is to beautify homes with our fabrics & interior decor services. In our Sewing & Dress Fabric Studio, we want our customers to get hooked on the love of sewing their own garments. In our Knitting & Crochet Lounge, we want to always have stock of the yarn you need to knit up a storm. With a vision this compelling, it is easy to keep motivated. Seeing the fruits of our labor gives us more energy to make a bigger impact.
We want our clients to enjoy their experience. Confident that you are receiving high quality workmanship at affordable prices, our team is willing to go the extra mile, for our customers & for each other.
Global Fabrics is owned by an inspiring entrepreneur who has found his niche in mentoring & passion for self development. This has provided the team with growth opportunities, personal mentorship, vision & drive.
OUT & ABOUT IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our most valued asset is our community. This is at the top of our list of values & always will be. We are a humble business which grew from strength to strength but never forgot where it started from. Therefore in 2018, “ Crafting Heroes” was founded by us. Crafting Heroes is made up of a group of ladies who knit & crochet and volunteer their time to teaching others how to knit or crochet. Through Crafting Heroes, we are able to provide assistance to those less fortunate in the community and distribute the donations according to what is required by the chosen monthly charity.
Apart from our charitable work, we try and provide what we can to help our community. Examples of this was transforming our Upholstery Workroom in a Facemask Production Workshop when the first Lockdown was introduced. This enabled us to retain employment, support our local suppliers & even provide employment opportunities.
Our Leadership Team
Owner and Director
Strategic thinker, foresight and the ability to map a plan for achieving company goals and aligning teams with the company culture and vision. I love surfing & running. A foodie who loves all types of cuisine.
I started off as a floor manager in 2017 & was moved to the office to take over the HR & Accounts. In 2020, I was promoted to OPERATIONS MANAGER. In my off time I like to keep my hands busy with sewing, arts & crafts.
I‘m the one who spends all day on the net! I’m a forward thinking & strategic person who loves horses, gym & reading. My responsibilities include digital marketing, updating our website & managing our online store.
Store Manager - Tokai
It‘s been an incredible journey achieving part of my goal. I enjoy being the Ambassador for our Crafting Heroes & the involvement with the community & customer relations.
Store Manager - Fish Hoek
I‘m the Store Manager at the Fish Hoek branch. I’m not long with the company however the journey thus far has been an amazing experience. Liaising with many clients from all the walks of life. Everyday is a new learning curve
Turn One Day into Day One…
Shakeel Karjieker, owner of Global Fabrics, had a vision of where he wanted the business to be. As he has said: “As times continue to change, so does society. We have to continue to learn, develop & adapt in order to grow & stay relevant” which is what we did. Through his determination & passion for development, we took the business to the next level by opening up the Online Store, launching a Wholesale Department and focussing on the customer experience.
Shakeel’s true passion is teaching by way of mentoring and coaching. This prompted him to start up a business called Aspiring Startups specifically aiming at entrepreneurs & small business owners.With 20 years experience of success and failures as an entrepreneur, he has made it a duty to teach others the skills they need to accelerate, grow and prosper. Shakeel has not only been a Mentor for the leadership Team at Global, he has also supported & developed members of the local community. His hard work & dedication was recognised by the NSBC & the company and Shakeel was announced as a top20 Small Business in SA & National Champion Entrepreneur 2020.