By Katherine Ellis, FAJO Magazine
Photo by Maximilian Engel
Bruno Racine, one of the leading hairdressers in Canada’s capital, is the current creative director of the Ottawa Fashion Week. His talent, energy and leadership have helped OFW grow over the years.
In this Exclusive, he chats with FAJO Magazine about the process of putting together a fashion week, his own salon (The Loft) and his fabulous career achievements so far.
How did you become involved with the Ottawa Fashion Week?
I was previously involved in the Toronto Fashion Week as a hairstylist backstage, and thought it was such a great experience. Then I started thinking: why is it that I always have to run to Toronto or Montréal to be part of such exciting events? Why don’t we have a fashion week in Ottawa?
I did get involved with different fashion shows here in the past, but I didn’t like the egos around me. Then I met Hussein Rashid, the producer of different fashion shows. We were a great fit and his team was great too. After one season of working together, we incorporated OFW as a non-profit organization.
So now, we own OFW with Paul Valletta. I like a good challenge. The hair team is exclusive to my salons. My stylists are highly trained for styling backstage at OFW and it certainly differentiates my salons from others.
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