Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Tomoko Tajima's journey into the spa industry has been unlike any other. Touched by the kindness of Estheticians who provided joy to her family at their weakest point, Tomoko resolved to do the same for others. She left her career behind to become a Spa Therapist centred on compassion. Now she owns a thriving esthetics studio, Trinity Facial Spa, in Miyazaki, Japan.
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.
Humble and grounded, you won't find Barbering Instructor and Pro Hair grad Sandra Perovic boasting about her accomplishments...but that doesn't mean that she couldn't! Sandra has won numerous hair competitions across the globe, taking home trophies from the Mirror Awards and the Contessa Awards. She's even the first woman to take home the top prize from the American Crew World Barbering competition. Clearly Sandra has serious skills as a stylist. But despite all the evidence of her immense talent, Sandra is determined to continue learning and growing as a stylist. And she's dedicated to passing on her expertise to the next generation of barbers.
An avid traveller and flight attendant, Jana Bizzari came to Vancouver from Italy for what she thought would be a short visit. But she quickly fell in love with the city, opting to stay much longer. Ultimately this is where she would reshape her professional journey, leaving her mile-high career behind to pursue her passion for makeup. Now she has blossomed into a fashion Makeup Artist, sought after in YVR, Russia, and her native Italy.
Catch up with Global Makeup grad Lyle Reimer (AKA @lylexox)! Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald's Makeup program, Lyle has blown up, earning nearly 150k followers on Instagram, working on global projects with major fashion brands including Gucci, Moschino and Viktor and Rolf, and even starring in his own documentary on CBC.
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!
Driven by a desire to have an impactful hair career, Lara Dillman knew she needed to be where hair could be studied and appreciated. Polishing her professional self in the classrooms of Blanche Macdonald was the first step, perfecting her skills was the next. It wasn't long after that she landed in her first choice position at one of Vancouver's most prestigious salons, BRUSH.
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.