Have you ever met someone for the first time but felt like maybe you had been best friends in a past life? This has really only happened to me twice in my life and meeting Kena has definitely been one of those times.
I moved to Toronto four years ago, and I randomly stumbled upon a blog—Kena’s blog (In Life and In Fashion). I actually have no idea how I found it, and in hindsight, it seems serendipitous. But as someone who has always been interested in retail and in fashion, I loved the things she chose and the topics that she wrote about. Most of all, I loved her voice. She spoke in a fresh and uplifting way, and I intuitively knew she was someone I wanted to meet.
It wasn’t until I was on my first maternity leave from work, that I finally managed to build up the courage to cold email her and ask her out for a coffee. Seriously, people, check out this picture from her blog. She looks like a fashion model. Why would this woman give me the time of day?
Luckily, she agreed to meet. In broad daylight, of course. And it was over many more coffee dates that we realized that we were somehow fated to meet, that we had a creative and entrepreneurial spark that we were both craving to ignite and more importantly, that we were destined to create something together we felt passionate about!
My initial gut reaction since our first meeting was dead on. I can say without a doubt that Kena is more than just a business partner—she’s a true friend and someone who I have an incredible amount of respect for, and it couldn’t feel more natural or more organic for BRIKA to have come to life in this way!