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Fans of handmade crafts will want to check out the Brika pop-up shop that opened on October 9 in The Hudson's Bay flagship store in Toronto.

Founded in 2012 as an online site featuring products from sometimes under-the-radar makers, Brika celebrates the creators as well as their wares on their well-designed site.

Co-founders Kena Paranjape (left) and Jen Lee Koss were on hand to explain how they started this venture. "I was looking at a lot of lifestyle blogs and I found out the author of one of my favourites was right here in Toronto. So we agreed to meet at a coffee shop, in broad daylight," jokes Jen, who has heady business chops with a degree from Harvard biz school. After a successful store launch in San Francisco, the pair compiled a variety of Canadian-made ceramics, textiles, jewelry and bags for the Bay pop-up shop.

Heather Dahl's striped cylinder vase has a vaguely mid-century appeal.

Toronto-based designer Nicole Tarasick's screen-print pillow is filled with 100% feathers, and is pure Canadiana.

Heyday Design's vintage porcelain jar is a genuis play on the Mason jar. Heyday potter Claire Madill is a Vancouver-based artist who was inspired by her 92-year-old grandmother's collection of vintage jars.

 Avril Loreti's Green Forest Tea Towels add a graphic pop in the kitchen.

Textile maker Heather Shaw (we featured her home in November 2009) of Pi-lo works out of a Victorian coach house in Toronto. These linen napkins display her typical understated, feminine attention to detail.

Photo credits:
1-6. Wendy Jacob
7. Brika

Author: 

Wendy Jacob

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