BRIKA — Behind the Goods

Behind the Goods: JUST B SMILING's pressed flower phone cases

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It's hard not to immediately fall in love with JUST B SMILING's phone cases, and the audible chorus of ooh's and aah's when anyone lays eyes on them is certainly a testament to this fact. Beautiful and functional, each flower in Britt Stillie's line of phone accessories is plucked from her own backyard (even the case tags are made of seeds, ready to be planted!), making each colorful piece truly one-of-a-kind and a perfect gift for any occasion. As part of our Behind the Goods series, BRIKA chatted with Britt about starting her own business and the creative process that goes into putting...

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Behind the Goods: BRIKA’s Creativity Crawl Map

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BRIKA first met Toronto-based artist LeeAndra Cianci earlier this year when we came across her pop culture-infused illustrations depicting everything from Beyoncé and basketball stars to pizza and pugs. Embedded in her drawings is a decidedly heady dose of Canadiana: be it Ryan Gosling quotes, Raptors wins or Drake lyrics, there’s an undeniable Canuck quality to many of her doodles, making her a perfect candidate to illustrate BRIKA’s Toronto Creativity Crawl map. Devised of the need for a centralized resource in which to reference the city’s workshops, cultural hubs, beautiful shops and cafes for independent creatives, the Crawl is both...

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Behind the Goods: Typography and design from Monorail

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In the Pinterest, Tumblr and Ello-saturated World Wide Web, it’s difficult to break through the clutter when it comes to great design and beautiful typography. Daniella Valerio and Sandrine Molnar of Austin-based Monorail, however, have managed to do just that – their line of inspirational and playful prints, shirts and tote bags are works of art that have a universal appeal, making them great gifts (both for yourself and others!). As part of our Behind the Goods series, we asked Daniella and Sandrine to share their tricks of the trade. Where do you find the inspiration for your design?  We’re...

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Behind the Goods: Foe and Dear's arc hook earrings

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Katherine Huie of Foe and Dear’s arc hook earrings first caught our eye as gorgeous, expertly crafted pieces of jewelry that are a unique spin on the always-classic hoop earring. Naturally, BRIKA had to reach out to Katherine, who is based in Vancouver, to get the inside scoop on how she makes each earring by hand. As one of many in our community of talented Makers, she shared her creative process secrets with us as part of our Behind the Goods series. Where do you find the inspiration for your design?  Art, architecture, plants and nature, mostly. Anything simple and beautiful. Walk...

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Q+A with Daniel Rotzstain: Exploring Toronto through the city’s libraries

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How Toronto's architectural history defines a city that is finding its roots on the world stage.

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