Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Growing up in Victoria, BC, a life in high fashion once seemed like an impossible dream for Emily Buhr. But today she's cemented her place at a legendary fashion house. Emily is the first person to see the new items coming in as the Vancouver boutique's Stock Coordinator. Now her days are filled with back or house coordination and—of course—haute fashion.
Motivated to put Vancouver on the map as a major fashion destination, design grads Graham Hood, Matthew Harrison and Marcus Quon have founded a unique creative haven. Their budding business, In House Creations, rents space to artists and produces branded merchandise for clients, but the beating heart of the business is the streetwear brand Sans Parole. When it comes to this In House one thing is clear: this is a design collaborative that celebrates art, community, and—of course—fashion.
Perfectly suited for a future Fashion Stylist and Costumer for TV and film, Derek Perrett's story seems like something straight from a movie. Small town boy in Alberta packs his bags and moves to the big city to follow his dreams of a life in fashion. Now that he's added photoshoots with stars like Keiynan Lonsdale, Tati Gabrielle and Riley Smith and on set experience on shows like iZombie and The Flash to his resume, it's clear that this move was just what Derek needed.
After graduating from Blanche Macdonald, Jordan was eager to get her career started in Vancouver's fashion industry. Led by a desire to gain experience, Jordan got a job with Vancouver-based menswear company Indochino as a Customer Service rep. Five years later, Jordan has worked up the ranks and is their Marketing and Social Media Coordinator setting the pace for the brand on social channels and coordinating influencer deals!
Theola Wong's foray into Fashion Design has been a resounding success. With a love for clothing that began early in childhood coupled with the skills she mastered in Blanche Macdonald's Fashion design program, Theola has taken on challenging but rewarding roles at activewear brands like Nike, Adidas, and Reebok. Now she's taking her career into her own hands as a Freelance Creative Director.
Kate Wotherspoon left Alberta in pursuit of the metropolitan setting of Vancouver and the classrooms of Blanche Macdonald. It wasn't long before she felt the pull of the international fashion scene that has led her to London. Making the move across the pond has proven to be a stellar career move for Kate. Since touching down in London she’s landed positions at Chloé, Saint Laurent, British Vogue, and most recently, More or Less Magazine. Next on her list, carving out her place as an Art Director!
With experience designing for some of the city's most coveted brands, Cristin Heck's immense talent has landed her a leading position at Arc'teryx. Now she's tasked with overseeing design operations for one of Vancouver's most beloved outdoor brands.
Over the course of her fashion career Candice Ho Lem has proven that she is the she's the reigning queen of Minimalistic Styling. With stints at Vancouver's chic One of a Few boutique, Aritzia, and now at major New York fashion brands Candice is a living testament to how far hard work and passion can take you.
In the midst of a general arts degree, Bridget Thiessen took up a part job where she first discovered visual merchandising. Though she didn't realize it at the time she had serendipitously discovered her calling. 8 years and a Fashion Marketing diploma later, Bridget is now full immersed in the world of Merchandising as Club Monaco's District Visual Manager.