The Genteel
June 13, 2021


Many retailers who have started their business online find that offline experiences are key to their growth. Consumer appreciation for the meet-the-maker experience has been expanding in recent years. As such, candle company type.lites and menswear brand Indochino have both turned to the pop-up shop as an easy way to develop their physical presence.

By Briana Palma

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Semmi W.

Toronto, New York,

Semhar Woldeyesus is writer whose primary reporting interests include design, music and culture.

Justine Iaboni

Toronto, Canada

Justine Iaboni is known around Toronto as Eurotrash.

Erin Ridley

Madrid, Spain

Erin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has called Madrid home for the last four years.

Briana Palma

Dublin, Ireland

Briana Palma contributes to The Genteel from Dublin.

David Walmsley

Vancouver, Canada

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Andrew Adebowale

London, United Kingdom

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Grace Carter

London, UK

Grace is Associate Editor at The Genteel and a contributing writer from London, where she has recently graduated with a First-Class degree in English from Loughborough University.

Cristina Fei

Rome, Italy

Cristina reports for The Genteel from Rome. She is a professional freelance journalist with ten years of experience.

Alina Kulesh

Toronto, Canada

Alina is the editor of frank by The Genteel, freelance writer and occasional portrait painter. 

Mona Chammas

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Mona is founder and CEO of Geeky Chic, Inc. and Editor in Chief of The Genteel.

Julia Parfenyuk

Toronto, Canada

An East-coast girl by nature but a European at heart, Julia is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor obsessed with the fashion, culture and art scenes from Montreal to New York.

Valerie Lam

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Valerie Lam contributes to The Genteel from Toronto.

Alexandra Sarabia

New York City, United States

With a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Alexandra Sarabia accidentally ventured into fashion when she took a summer class at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Ethical Fashion. She hasn't looked back since.

Katie Aske

London, UK

Katie is a Ph.D researcher studying at Loughborough University. She has a flare for fashion and loves writing.

Amanda Coen

New York,

Amanda is a photographer and writer with a love for travel, fashion, design and adventure.

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