Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Growing up in Japan with the twin loves of baseball and fashion, an injury forced the young Katsuki to trade his cap and uniform for an entirely new wardrobe. After earning his Canadian Fashion Design diploma, Katsuki returned to Japan and was quickly hired to work for a leading fashion magazine publishing company, Hinode. Now, Katsuki has taken on the role as the Japanese Region Branding Director for iconic label Katharine Hamnett London!
From working alongside PR legend Kelly Cutrone in New York City to launching her own Social Media and PR Company, Fashion Marketing grad Nikki Dindo brings her passion and years of expertise into the Blanche Macdonald classrooms!
Fashion Design grad and founder of street/beach/yoga line Downtown Betty has made it her mission to design as sustainably and ethically as possible. "The concept of Downtown Betty is Whole, Healthy, Home. Our collective mission is sustainable fashion. We were doing it before it was in vogue. We hand cut everything. We use sustainable fabrics."
Founded in 1913 with a reputation for crafting impeccable suits for celebrities, Modernize Tailors is a Vancouver institution located in the heart of Chinatown. When legendary owner Bill Wong passed in April 2017, the shop was handed over to his intern, Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design program graduate Mia Wu. Now, Mia continues the legacy of Modernize, creating high quality garments. Her mission? To turn Modernize to the leading tailoring house in Vancouver and across Canada.
Fashion's visual and creative nature has always been interesting to Myla ever since she was young. Straight out of high school, Myla attended Blanche Macdonald's 1-year Fashion Marketing program. Now, she thriving in Toronto, responsible for telling stories and authentic to Canadian legacy fashion brand, Roots, as the company's Brand Marketing Manager.