At the start of summer, I found out I would be a featured artisan on BRIKA! I was so excited, but little did I know how crazy my summer would turn out to be!
In addition to my sister’s wedding preparation, I’ve been preparing for my Brika launch!
BRIKA will first feature some of my clutches and a canvas tote bag. The tote bag is made of a colorful kilim style fabric with genuine leather straps. This eastern European/Turkish style is said to be replacing the chevron trend! (So I’ve heard.) But, I didn’t choose the kilim pattern for that reason! Instead, the print looked wordly, modern, and reminded me of Ukrainian artistry!
I think the kilim design will look really nice with fall attire.
I’m interested to see how they sell!
So…what is BRIKA?
BRIKA is a Toronto based ecommerce website started by two women, Kene Parajape and Jen Lee Koss. Their mission is to “build a beautiful life through well-crafted, everyday objects” and create “a unique online shopping destination that offers a curated selection of special pieces that are destined to become heirlooms.” Everything on the website is handmade with a story behind the product and the maker. Below is Brika‘s YouTube Video:
TAKING GOOD PRODUCT PHOTOS
Professional product images (or photos with proper lighting) are extremely important in ecommerce and without them, I’m not sure if anyone can successfully sell their products. Luckily, I have some talented photographers in my family and resources that have allowed me to take professional looking photos! (I’m still learning though!!) My hometown has a family owned camera shop (Gene’s Camera) which recently opened a new studio space that allows photographers to rent. The equipment and space is state of the arc and the owners have been EXTREMELY helpful to me! Also, I’m fortunate to have some lovely sisters who I can persuade to model for me 🙂 I persuaded my sister Kate to spare some time to model garments, purses, etc. in exchange for all the time I spent sewing and preparing for her wedding!
The pictures turned out better than I imagined and I was extremely pleased! However, early last week I needed to take more LAST MINUTE photos! This time I was in a pinch for models (they were all back at school) and so I had to do the modeling myself. I don’t feel comfortable posting so many pictures of myself, but they say a product sells better on/with a live model. (Plus it saves me money to not hire models!)
Please PLEASE please PLEASE go check out Brika and read my story!
It’s a great website and I’m humbled that I get to be a part of it!
Below are some of the photos from our photo shoots! Enjoy!
Brika has free shipping for orders over $75!
Thanks for reading 🙂
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