– Words and photographs by Lia Crowe
I meet Kande in his beautiful living room on Oak Bay Avenue to discuss life, style and passion.
Born in Chad and raised into a very large family, Kande has spent most of her adult life in Canada but has a passion for traveling the world. From a young age she fell in love with hairdressing, but especially loves those transformative moments that happen every day in the salon.
“People feel good about themselves and it gives me infinite satisfaction to be a part of this process. “
Now that she has so many successful years in business behind her, I wonder what the best life lesson she has learned is.
“Courage is rewarded,” she replies. “It took courage to open the show and make it a success. Courage can be as simple as saying ‘no’ – ‘no’ to things that don’t work for me as a businesswoman, or saying ‘no’ to going out when I don’t feel like it. It’s something that was much harder to do when I was younger.
Outside of work, Kande is passionate about travel, good food and exercise.
“I pay attention to anything that makes me happy. My favorite place in the world is Tokyo and I travel there a lot; it sounds strange but it’s my zen place. It’s the biggest city in the world but it’s so quiet and organized and the food is spectacular.
Style, inspiration and life
Style icon: Janet Jackson: she is constantly reinventing her style.
Work of art: Ben Fox Waterfall.
Favorite Fashion Designer: Chanel: it’s timeless.
Favorite musician: I love Nigerian music. Davido, Willie XO and Burna Boy. An era that inspires your style: the classic of the 70s.
Favorite cocktail or wine: I’m a Prosecco type girl.
Current rotating album: Naija Hits Playlist on Spotify.
Favorite flower: White orchids and hydrangeas.
Preferred city to visit: Tokyo: I call it my Zen city because of its impeccable organization.
Preferred application: Behind the chair.
Favorite place around the world: On my couch next to my dog and my fiancé.
Uniform: All Black.
Favorite piece of all time: American Retro shirt bought in Paris 10 years ago still in perfect condition.
Favorite pair of shoes: Micheal Kors sneakers: so comfortable.
Preferred work tool: Dyson pro hair dryer: it’s a lifeline.
Favorite jewel: My beautiful engagement ring.
Fashion obsession: Shoes.
Accessory that you spend the most money on: Handbags and shoes.
Fashion indulgence needed: Hats.
Moisturizer: Doctor Babor collagen cream and Guinot Longue Vie eye contour cream.
Sniff: Coco Noir by Chanel.
Essential hair product: Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner.
Beauty secret: I eat all organic foods and use organic moisturizer.
Favorite print magazine: Harper’s Bazaar.
Favorite Style Blog: I mainly watch style Vlogs on YouTube; Karen Brit Chic is a favorite.
Coffee table book / photography book: Salvatore Ferragamo.
Book being read: Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Story courtesy of Boulevard review, a Black Press Media publication
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