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Look at this awesomeness created by a RAHstr, Nathalie, with her STMT X Canada badge. We’ve said it one, twice, maybe a hundred times but it’s true. We have the best customers EVER.

RAHstrs! Show off that badge… STMT X Canada DIY frames! After you’ve used up all the pages in the notepad, repurpose the chipboard to create a frame. Super easy and super fast. All you need is a paperclip, rubber band, and neon labels or washi tape. 

Love this thrift store score from our STMT X Canada Kit sourcing trip! Checkerboard red and black squares lining the front side and the totally rad protractor on the back (y’all know we have a thing for protractors, right?).
 
(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

Love this thrift store score from our STMT X Canada Kit sourcing trip! Checkerboard red and black squares lining the front side and the totally rad protractor on the back (y’all know we have a thing for protractors, right?).

 

(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

The Incredible Canadiana. golden / underwear / confidence / in a nutshell. 
 
Inspired by the amazing newspaper blackout poems from Austin Kleon.
 
(STMT X Canada – photo RAH)

The Incredible Canadiana. golden / underwear / confidence / in a nutshell. 

 

Inspired by the amazing newspaper blackout poems from Austin Kleon.

 

(STMT X Canada – photo RAH)

Definitely feelin’ lucky after we discovered a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! Stay golden, Vancouver.
 
(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

Definitely feelin’ lucky after we discovered a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! Stay golden, Vancouver.

 

(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

Working nonstop on the STMT X Canada badges. Super excited to hear what y’all think of ‘em!
 
(photo RAH)

Working nonstop on the STMT X Canada badges. Super excited to hear what y’all think of ‘em!

 

(photo RAH)

TRAVEL SHORTS // Canada + Music

The Astoria, Dive Bar in Vancouver
 

My family immigrated to Seattle, and my dad’s best friend and his family immigrated to Vancouver. We’d drive up to visit, and one of our regular stops was our Chinese herbalist. I loved going to the shop – the ginormous wall of wood drawers filled with all kind of crazy dried things was mesmerizing. Spent a ton of hours sifting through the draws, drawing in the back room, and gluing my drawings together with rice (the Asian ghetto version of paste).


The shop was located on East Hastings Street. The area has never been anything other than seedy. One night, my father planned a quick stop by the shop. He parked in the back alley, and not a minute after he left a cop knocked on the window. My brother rolled it down and explained that we were waiting for my dad to return with his Chinese medicine. The cop responded with, “Chinese medicine, huh?” He asked where my father went and left. Moments later my dad returned to the car, package in hand and explained how the cop busted into the shop. Only then did we realize that the cop assumed that the Chinese medicine be drugs.

I think about that night every time I drive along East Hastings. Looking back it totally makes sense – it’s a rough part of town and not pretty. The core section is full of homeless people and druggies hangin’ on every corner and in front of every building. And you’ll most definitely spy used needles and cracked vials on the street.

RADANDHUNGRY Hotel Astoria, Vancouver, Canada

RAD AND HUNGRY East Hastings Street, Vancouver Canada

So WHY did I end up on East Hastings this past sourcing trip?! Not for a Chinese medicine pick-up. To check out a local band, 
Sunshine. They were celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album at a classic Vancouver landmark, The Astoria. The cab dropped us off in front of the awesome neon sign. A TOTAL dive bar with the standard fixtures – weathered locals and cheap drinks. It’s also got pool, pinball… and a dance floor! It’s the perfect place to see a show – you’ll feel close to the stage no matter where you stand. Paid the cheap cover and walked into the flood of 80’s new wave meets indie pop Canadian hipster vibe. Exactly what I wanted on a cold, wet rainy night – dancing and Sunshine.


RAD AND HUNGRY Sunshine at The AstoriaRAD AND HUNGRY Sunshine at The Astoria

(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photos RAD AND HUNGRY)

Address ::
The Astoria, Downtown Eastside
769 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, V6A 1R3
www.theastoriapub.com

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

(STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

The Low Down – STMT X Canada

Sometimes I chase the sun (Puerto RicoTrinidad) and sometimes I chase the snow. My day of puttering in snowcovered Seoul had me wanting snow all winter long. So what to do? Jump in a car and head north. I love all forms of public transportation and it’s my preferred mode of travel. But sometimes the allure of a road trip just feels right. The power of being behind the wheel and driving as long and as far as I want to go… 

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip

We have lots of Canadian RAHstrs, and I wanted to create a kit they’d love. It’s also the only kit I set out to hunt down one particular item – the Canadiana pencil. A super lo-fi pencil with Canadiana stamped in metallic blue foil?! The quality may not be impressive, but I love that the same pencil sold in the States is rebranded for the Canadian market.

Ever since our last sourcing trip to Canada, I’ve wanted one for the RAH collection. The original version, NOT the updated version. What I discovered LAST trip is that Canadiana is now replaced with Classic on the barrel. Although yeah, we do love the Classic ones, too. These days the Classics are made in Mexico – but I found a mad stash made in the States. Can I just say BONUS? Yup, bonus item for this month’s kit.

Hunting down this elusive pencil required hitting up a ton of thrift shops, random spots. One stop, two stop, three stop… none. Shifted gears and focused on the Paper Goods. Hit up a few spots and it was all the same. The same Hilroy notebooks that we included in the previous STMT X Canada Kit. Did I forget that the Hilroy notebooks are the notebook for all Canadians?

Pushed forward and scored notepads with thickass chipboard backing with interlined sheets. BOOM! I spy college- or wide-ruled sheets in every country, but not in Canada. No other country is ruled by interlined and storyboard style sheets. Totally rad and feels really special.

Moved on to another shop and discovered pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper. Lead that sharpens easily and doesn’t break? Lasts three times longer than a woodcase pencil? Totally intrigued. Totally bought them.

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip

After a few nights in Van City, I was ready to hunt down the snow. We hopped in the car and headed north. We drove until we hit the sleepy town of Pemberton. 2,369 people strong, this town has one traffic light. It has one of everything – one bakery, one coffee shop, one pharmacy. And the pharmacy? GOLD. Their inventory was surprisingly large and diverse. Either this town has a lot of business (where?) or people like to hoard office supplies. Spotted the BIC Classic Stic rockin’ supafly, bright orange barrels with caps the color of the ink. This version is the only BIC that features two languages on the barrel – fino, fine. Double hit of fine deserves a double hit of pens. Blue and black ink version for everyone!

Back in Van City, not givin’ up the hunt for the one, the only Canadiana. I wanted the original! We’re backtracking steps, searching for a thrift shop I saw earlier. Turned around and going in circles one more time… and there she be! Diggin’ deep through the bin of office supplies, I start to spy goldenrod pencils. Five pencils later, I’m hi-fivin’! Three are Canada specific and one is the CANADIANA!! 

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Canada Sourcing Trip - 5 pencils

I left Canada with only one Canadiana. It’s beaten, it’s battered and it’s sittin’ pretty on my shelf. It’s kept safe with my other goldenrod pencils and it be one damn special trophy – The Incredible Canadiana.

oxxo,
Hen

Amazing vintage desk calendar tray system dressed up with an STMT X USA pencil lengthener and an STMT X Canada eraser. #upyourstylegame
 
Thanks Sarah for your awesome photo!

Amazing vintage desk calendar tray system dressed up with an STMT X USA pencil lengthener and an STMT X Canada eraser. #upyourstylegame

 

Thanks Sarah for your awesome photo!