MASTER STYLIST | OWNER
Co-founder, Calvyn Cass, is a Master Colourist and Stylist with extensive advanced training in colour, styling and cutting. With the foundation of his education being at the Aveda Institute in Victoria, Calvyn was given the opportunity to work alongside some of the industries top stylists. Since then, Calvyn has attended advanced training internationally in innovative cutting and colouring techniques as well as editorial and special event styling. With Calvyn quickly approaching his tenure, his most recent focus has been in building his portfolio for competition work, alongside building his business with partner Michael and his team at BRUSH.
MASTER STYLIST | OWNER
Co-founder, Michael Gibson has had a passion for hair ever since he knew how to tie his shoelaces. Growing up with an older sister as a stylist, Michael was inspired and fascinated by the industry, which led him to furthering his knowledge and training at the Suki's Academy in Vancouver, BC. With 6 years under his belt and a variety of extensive training, Michael has perfected his signature ombres, balayage, brondes, blondes and men's hair. Needless to say, Michael is a diverse stylist that has the ability to bring out the best in anyone.
For Mandy, becoming the General Manager of BRUSH salon was the inevitable next step for the lifestyle and marketing maven. With a degree in Marketing Management from BCIT, as well as a broad spectrum of marketing and management experience, she now looks forward exercising her strengths in the beauty industry. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys orchestrating non-profit gala's and other lifestyle events. Mandy takes on the roll of General Manager, smoothing all of BRUSH's stray hairs.
Kimiko has been a dedicated hairstylist since 2009. Her passion for hair has taken her to many new heights, and in 2012, she completed an advanced cutting and colouring course at Vidal Sassoon in London, UK. It is her privilege to allow all her clients to feel invited, and beautiful.
MASTER STYLIST | MAKEUP ARTIST
In the case of Sadé, skill and dedication to her craft are the sole reason for her prominent position within the beauty industry. With just under a decade of hairdressing and half a decade of makeup artistry, Sadé continues to update her education and stay on top of all the latest beauty and fashion trends. Elegant and timeless are the two best words to describe her aesthetic. Sadé embodies exquisite taste and style that transcends every one of her clients expectations.
Courtney brings with her a wide range of experience and expertise. Her passion and skill for the hair industry has given Courtney the opportunity to work in a variety of situations. Salon to runway, from television to magazines, she has done it all. Courtney's eye for making every woman look and feel her best has been a huge asset to the bridal community as well. Her ability to understand what the client is looking for, along with her kind and positive attitude, make it easy to see why Courtney is at the top of her game.
John's infatuation with hair became very apparent at the young age of two. Understanding the importance of education, John graduated from Utopia Academy with honours in 2010. While continuously sustaining education with some of the industry's finest in the craft of Men and Women's hair, John strives to keep his clients up to date with the latest trends. Through sharing product knowledge and styling techniques with his clients, ensuring their experience doesn't end at the salon. "Nothing is better than making someone feel beautiful”.
Natalie has always had a passion for the beauty industry whether it be with hair, makeup or fashion. In her early teen years, she began colouring and cutting her friends hair at home, as Natalie's mother was also a stylist, so the tools for design were at hand. She began a hair program in high school followed by an apprenticeship at a prestigious salon in Victoria, BC at the age of 15 and her career took off from there. With 9 years of experience, continuing education is a must for Natalie as she loves to be on and ahead of trends.
Maxfield entered the hair scene in 2010 after completing his training at John Casablanca's in Gastown. Since graduating Maxfield continued advanced education under one of Canada's top award winning stylist, who intensively trained him in precision Vidal Sassoon techniques, as well as editorial styling. Maxfield has an eye for detail and a strong love for the fashion industry which is evident in all of his work. His clientele report and effortless style is undeniable.
Sophie graduated from the John Casablanca Institute where she studied the fundamentals of cut, colour and styling. Later, she began training under Calvyn and Michael, and spent time refining her technical skills. This experience has since propelled Sophie into a strong career as an independent stylist. Sophie has always been crafty and artistic with an edgy sense of style, which has translated beautifully in her approach to hair. She specializes in achieving natural "un-done" looking colour. Her clients, men and women alike, appreciate her ability to keep them looking effortlessly fresh.
Kat graduated from MC college in Saskatoon, where she studied the fundamentals of cut, colour and styling . Recently moving to Vancouver to further pursue her career and passion for the hair industry. Kat has taken multiple L'Oreal Professionel Advanced courses in cut and colour and continues to do so since joining BRUSH salon. Kat is very excited to be part of the BRUSH team and train under Michael and Calvyn. Her Genuine attentiveness to the guests' individual hair needs combined with her love of art and fashion create amazing results and ensures that the guest will leave feeling their best.
STYLIST | LEAD MAKE-UP ARTIST
Sara Rose grew up blessed to be beautifying, dressing and messing around inside her older sister’s closet. With a plethora of clothing, beauty products & shoes, there is no surprise that you can now see Sara acting as makeup artist, hairstylist & stylist, for any of her hired gigs. It is fair to say that Sara Rose’s career and love for beauty and fashion all flourished from there. As Sara sees it, she officially embarked on the beginning of her career in the Caribbean, where she relocated to, to take a job as a representative for the prestigious line, Estee Lauder.
It was during this time, that she realized the importance of personal growth and education, which brought her back to Canada where she graduated with Honors from the world renowned Blanche MacDonald Center. She believes that you should never forget where you came from and keep your network together but forever expanding. Basic is beautiful and she is here to guide you in seeing this.
YOUNG JI WON
Young Ji, better known as Ji, has gracefully moved on from apprenticing under Michael and Calvyn the past year and beautifying her own guests. Moving from Seoul, Korea, Ji has submerged herself directly into her passion and creative outlet. After finishing her apprenticeship through Aveda and working for one year and a half assisting a top Editorial Stylist for Fashion Magazines, TV shows and commercials, Ji needed a little more. Since arriving in Vancouver and working with BRUSH salon, Ji is looking to build her career and clientele here and desires to stay to excel doing what she loves.
JUNIOR STYLIST | MAKEUP ARTIST
After moving from Alberta to pursue her career in hair and makeup artistry, Lara graduated with honours from Vancouver's Blanche MacDonald Centre in 2015, where she excelled at the fundamentals of cutting, colouring, and orchestrating creative photoshoots. After spending the last year apprenticing under Michael and Calvyn, you can find Lara on the floor or snapping photos for BRUSH's social media. Her effervescent and contagious energy, and ability to create seemingly effortless glamour, makes her a stylist to watch.
In 2015, Jes Corrinne changed careers to follow her lifelong passion for hair. She attended the Aveda Institute Vancouver and graduated with honours. Jes has a simple, modern approach to hair. She believes great hair requires attention to every detail, a cut should harmonize with the colour, and leaving the salon with healthy hair is of the utmost importance. Jes is known for creating chic cuts, elegant colours, and soft, west coast waves. From consultation to finishing touch, she strives to understand her guests’ needs and to deliver an exceptional salon experience. Jes also offers simple styling tips and tricks to help her guests’ achieve their completed styles at home. Outside of the salon, Jes explores her creative side by styling hair for photo shoots, fashion events, runway shows and continues to attend educational course from the industry’s most prominent hair stylists.
After working in the beauty industry for many years as a makeup artist, Kait wanted to broaden her horizons as an artist and take on learning how to do hair as well. Completing the Hair Art Diploma program at John Casablanca in July 2016 she joined our team at Brush and quickly discovered her passion for colour. Apprenticing under Owner Michael Gibson, Kait is developing her talents and meeting each new challenge that comes her way. She loves meeting new people and can always put a positive spin on your day.
Emilie has always considered herself a creative driven artist. Although at the time, pursuing a career in hair was an impromptu choice, she could not be happier working in her element, which never fails to challenge her while still being so fun. Her areas of expertise are alternative cuts and bold colours, but also classic "pretty looks" such as cascading long hair or dimensional natural shades. After graduating from John Casablancas Institute in 2015 and joining our team July of 2016, Emilie looks forward to continuing her practical training by apprenticing under Owner Calvyn Cass and from the rest of the BRUSH team. She is thrilled at the opportunity to work with such talented and unique stylists.
As a current student of Vancouver's Blanche MacDonald Centre, Brodie is our resident renaissance man. Splitting his time between hair school, studying makeup artistry, apprenticing under Master Stylist Kimiko, preforming as a drag queen, and constantly dancing to every beat played in the salon, Brodie exudes energy and it's hard not to catch. He aspires to eventually become a well-rounded beauty guru as a personal image consultant. With hairstyling, makeup artistry and a contemporary ballet background, Brodie is on his way to becoming another triple threat in the BRUSH family.
Natalie entered the hair industry in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. With a love for people and passion for the arts, she took her creativity and geared it towards the hair industry. After graduating from the Aveda Institute, she furthered her education in the Academy program. Natalie provides a warm inviting experience and continually grows by education herself. With a strong understanding of the colour wheel and attention to detail, she will give you an exceptional service from start to finish. Natalie is thrilled to be part of the Brush team to further her knowledge through her talented team and as an Apprentice.
Brittany has never shied away from pushing the boundaries and boldly expressing herself through hair, makeup and fashion. This led to a relentless desire to carve her own niche in the hair industry. She started her education journey as a hair apprentice in Sydney, Australia and eventually landed in Vancouver at Blanche Macdonald's Professional Hairdressing Program in 2015. At this time she discovered her passion for colour and session styling for photoshoots and fashion shows. After graduating she took her time finding a salon with the right fit. As soon as she saw the high end amazing work being produced by the fabulous people at BRUSH she knew where she belonged and as of December 2016 eagerly joined the team. You can find her these days working hard as an apprentice, learning as much as she can from each talented stylist. Her dream is to earn a chair at BRUSH.