Jen Lee Koss and Kena Paranjape are the two (gorgeous!) minds behind Brika, a shopping website full of cool, small brands you’ve never heard of.
The Toronto-based duo uncover indie artisans and designers—from jewelery makers, small-batch natural beauty purveyors, home decor artists, etc.—and curate pieces for their small-vendor, Etsy-like site.
“Both Jen and I have merchandising and marketing backgrounds,” says Paranjape, along with MBAs from University of Toronto and Harvard. “We’d marvel at the high quality products of artisans and designers out there, but what we found was that they were great at creating but not connecting with customers.” And so, Brika was born.
As part of their curatorial mission, “the makers either apply or are invited. We’re looking for uniqueness. Something that’s a modern, beautiful, high quality product,” Paranjape says.
That goes for the beauty products that they stock as well, which as are natural and organic as possible—with serious “shelf appeal.” Here’s what the bright and lovely duo is decorating their shelves and skin with now. —Jamie McKillop
2. Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths ($16) These facial wipes are unbelievable. They remove every lick of makeup, and they’re so soothing and soft. I’ve used lot of different kinds of wipes over the years, and these feel like they’re nourishing your skin. Plus, they’re biodegradable and all-natural.
Lee Koss’ Picks
2. Neal’s Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream ($20) I used to live in England for almost five years, and one of my favorite places to go on the weekends was Borough Market. In the market was a Neal’s Yard store, and that’s where I found this lovely hand cream. It reminds me of of my time in the UK.
For more information, visit www.brika.com
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