Livin’ life with edge and less comfort. #URBANEBLOC is a daring women’s publication, focusing on all things challenging convention in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and business. Founded in 2007, we’re a collective of writers and creatives that live to share stories, always with the aim of pushing your comfort zone, and daring to do.
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GLORIA CHIK, DIRECTOR:
Gloria Chik is a mixed media maven. A writer, marketer, blogger, and entrepreneur, who loves fashion and music. Creator and editor of www.urbanebloc.com, Gloria spends her time documenting the life and times of a multi-tasking lady. Fresh off a return from two years in New York City after a startup acquisition and working for Sean COMBS Enterprises, she’s rebranded, refreshed, and revisited her entrepreneurial ventures. Just a few brands that she’s worked with: CÎROC Vodka, Canadian Club, Kijiji, MasterCard, SCION (Toyota), Sherway Gardens / Cadillac Fairview, and Canon. Impactful. Lively. Honest.
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KJ CHEN, MANAGING EDITOR: Fond of social media, creative minds, frequent traveling, and conscious people who inspire and smile at others. I was raised in Toronto, but I ventured off for a few years to work and experience Seoul, one of the world’s most rapidly developing cities. Now, as a returning expat, I am endowed with a new eye to scope out trends, fashion and beauty. I’d like to think my style is a clash between the boundary-pushing, Jen Brill and the super glam, Miroslava Duma. However, Olivia Palermo, is still to this day, my all-time favorite style icon. My goal is to inspire as I’ve been inspired.
JAS BANWAIT, CONTRIBUTOR, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS
An entrepreneur at heart with a string of startups that have taken me to hustlin’ on the streets of NYC to pitching investors in SF, to sipping chai in Delhi. Based in Toronto living life as a marketing consultant and devising my next venture. My goal is to inspire you to follow your dreams and be the best you, you can be, everyday.
GLORIA KIM, CONTRIBUTOR, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
A marketer by trade, I love building brands and beautiful experiences with talented folks. You can find me surfing waves, jumping from waterfalls or cruising down a snow-covered mountain chasing the next adventure. People and travel are my thing and I’m stoked to share my ‘not so grown-up’ life experiences with you.