Where and when did I meet Dominique Hanke? I no longer remember. One day, she came into my world and things have never been the same. I don't think people perhaps fully understand how hard she works and how much of herself she gives to the community. This modern woman manages to balance family - husband and two children - and supporting the local fashion industry by attending numerous events (I think she makes it to more than I do) all while still finding time to style numerous fashion shoots. Are you tired yet? You should be. Now add entrepreneur running her own business and artist to the list.
Hanke moved from England to Vancouver in 2007 and by 2011 had launched Hive Mind Millinery. Her unique take on what a hat could be quickly gained media attention and the line is now a regular on the runway as well as frequently featured in blogs and magazines. Recently New York called. Hive Mind hats were front and centre at Fashion Designer Sho Sho Esquiro's show during Couture Fashion Week (a young native designer who spotted Hanke's designs in a Georgia Straight article and who she has collaborated with ever since). Hanke was able to be there in person to bask in the glow! It had to be incredibly exciting. And all this has come about in only two years! My question - where does she find the time for inspiration and construction in all this chaos?
Creativity and fashion have been a constant for Hanke since a very young age. I love this quote from her website -
"I would spend many hours delving through my mother's closets trying on all her silk