JO JIN HOLDS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN DESIGN WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN TEXTILES FROM OCAD UNIVERSITY. DURING HER STUDIES SHE WORKED AS A STYLIST ASSISTANT AT AN AGENCY IN VANCOUVER AND SOON AFTER SHE LANDED AN INTERNSHIP AS A DESIGN ASSISTANT ON AN HGTV SHOW WHERE SHE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE WITH VARIOUS INTERIOR DESIGNERS.
FASHION AND INTERIOR DECOR HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HER CALLING AND AS SHE WAS GRADUATING SCHOOL, SHE LANDED A PART-TIME POSITION WORKING AS A FREELANCE SET DECORATOR FOR TV SHOWS AND COMMERCIALS. AFTER GAINING HANDS ON EXPERIENCE IN BOTH FIELDS, JO JIN OFFICIALLY STARTED STYLING IN 2013 AFTER BRIEFLY SERVING AS A CO-OP ASSISTANT MENSWEAR DESIGNER AT ROOTS. EVENTUALLY SHE LANDED A ROLE AT SHARP MAGAZINE AS A FASHION COORDINATOR WHERE SHE HONED HER WARDROBE, OFF-FIGURE AND PROP STYLING SKILLS.
HER TWO MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE CREATING A SET FOR A SHOOT WITH ACTOR, DANIEL RADCLIFF, AND GETTING A NOMINATION FOR THE 38TH NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOR THE VISUAL AWARDS CATEGORY UNDER PHOTOGRAPHER, ADRIAN ARMSTRONG. WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE STYLING, JO HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE EFFORTLESS, SIMPLE CHIC LOOKS WHILE ALSO BEING CAPABLE OF CREATING A DISPLAY OF EXQUISITE GLAMOUR.
JO IS EAGER TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER CREATIVES IN THE FIELD TO CONTINUE PRODUCING WORK.
Sasha is a Product photography stylist offering 8 years of commercial experience – including prop production, display design, sourcing, visual merchandising and special event installation. She holds a Visual Merchandising Diploma from Sheridan College, class of 2007
Four years after Studying Interior Design in Montreal, Pierce found himself on a photo shoot assisting stylists and discovered the relationship between design and fashion. He then made his way to props and sets and hasn’t looked back.
“I always find it interesting to have to work as a sort of chameleon and appeal to the many different aesthetics of the client or art director I’m working with. That’s what keeps my job so fascinating, no two shoots are the same, keeps me on my toes.”
He knows the metro system like the back of his hand and always strikes up a conversation with his Über driver. When sourcing props he is willing to sift through vintage shops for days or carry a piano on his back.
He always shows up on set with a smile and a willingness to learn.
Inspired by a lifetime interest in fashion, Abel Muñoz studied shoe design in Milan at the world-renowned ARS Arpel Institute of Shoe and Accessory Design.
Prior to venturing into Footwear Design Abel Muñoz spent a number of years working as an Art Director at several advertising agencies and publishing houses. His most recent post was as Deputy Art Director and Beauty Editor at FQ Fashion Quarterly and SIR Magazine, both international luxury fashion and lifestyle publications.
At FQ and SIR Magazines, Abel developed his styling skills finding himself on set with photographers for both wardrobe and off figure photoshoots. As part of the FQ editorial team Abel produced, styled and art directed location and studio shoots in the US, Italy, India, Colombia and the United Kingdom.
Abel continues to expand, develop and produce his handmade footwear collections in Italy, while also styling for Target Canada, and other retailers. He also contributes to independent artistic projects.
Most recently, Abel was selected as a finalist in the Vogue Italia Muuse Young Talents competition, gaining him international recognition and awareness.
Tricia Hall is known for her sleek, modern, urban styling, and her love of colour and texture. Her work is a highlight as part of Sunny Fong’s line, VAWK, considered one of the top shows at MasterCard World Fashion Week aka Toronto Fashion Week.
Tricia’s creative path began with visual arts early in her life before leading to fashion design and construction, visual merchandising and eventually a position as an in-house off-figure stylist at a photo studio working for a nationwide client. She then tried her hand at photography. Her desire to create looks rather than capture images sent her back to styling, her true love. This desire has led her to work with clients in the United States and Canada including the Hudson’s Bay Company, Holt Renfrew, Target US and Dress to Kill magazine.
“I quickly gave up [photography],” says Tricia. “But with that knowledge, the experience of working with talented photographers, along with a fashion construction background, I found it made me a better stylist.”
Her work has given her the opportunity to work with photographers Alvaro Goveia, Felix Wong, Joseph Saraceno, Lily & Lilac, Owen Bruce, Zhang Jingna and Koby, to name just a few.
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Rei launched his career as a stylist in the early 90’s at Harry Rosen’s flagship store as a junior menswear stylist. It was an inspiring beginning for him as an artist being given the opportunity to mentor with some of Toronto’s finest and best known stylists in the business. As Rei continued to hone his traditional menswear styling skills he was offered a teaching position at Seneca College of applied arts as an Instructor of off-figure styling. Rei welcomed the opportunity to share the knowledge that he was given by mentors in the trade and remained at Seneca for a number of years. He never lost touch with the industry and continued freelancing for Holt Renfrew and other retailers. Later, Rei joined the Holt Renfrew team full-time as a senior-stylist at the newly expanded Yorkdale location. After almost a decade of styling windows for Holts it was time for a new challenge and different adventure; the next chapter would be styling for advertisements and print photography. Rei has embraced these new challenges and transition of his career.
Kristina Lerner is a Toronto-based off figure stylist. During her studies in photography she reached an epiphany. Rather than being behind the camera she knew her heart belonged to creatively crafting all the fine details before the image had been captured.
Kristina graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology completing her program in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. After gaining some experience in costuming and accessory design she gained the bulk of her technical skills being employed at Pi Media. Working for almost 5 years in print and web production for a major fashion retailer, Kristina has been trained with confidence allowing her to execute specific styling requirements adapting to a wide variety of brands.
Kristina’s friendly nature, endless enthusiasm, and professionalism make her an absolute pleasure to work with.
After studying contemporary painting and installation art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Rodney’s passion for design soon drew him to the world of fashion. As a menswear and off figure stylist for Holt Renfrew’s flagship store he spent nearly a decade honing his craft through window installations and large events.
His career then blossomed to manage visual teams across the country for Caban, coordinating with buyers and Ralph Lauren International.
A styling post afterward with Joseph Mimran and Associates gave him the opportunity to work closely with well-respected designers and photographers to further develop the packaging for President’s Choice Home.
Rodney now happily works as a stylist with the team at Judy Inc to expand and share his knowledge of fashion, design and the image making process.