Meet a Heritage Hero: Maria Hilario

Meet Maria, one of our Heritage Heroes. Maria recently graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, British Columbia. About a month after graduating, Maria landed her dream job at Lululemon as a design assistant. She also owns her own clothing business called MUVMINT, a technical streetwear brand inspired by female hip-hop dancers.

Maria answered a few of our Heritage Heroes questions…

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ON OVERCOMING CHALLENGES:

Nothing is perfect and you learn from your mistakes. I realized that imperfections were beautiful. I also learned not to settle for less – I know myself what I am capable of achieving. The process might not be perfect, but as long as you believe you will meet your end goal, the challenges are worth it.

ON HAVING A HERITAGE RESP:

“Design school isn’t cheap. On top of tuition fees and buying books, we have extra fees such as buying fabrics, trims, drafting equipment, sewing equipment, sketchbooks etc. My RESP helped me so much with paying for tuition and all of the extra fees and supplies.”

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ON HER CREATIVE INSPIRATION:

“My mom definitely is my number one inspiration. She had a business in the Philippines altering dresses. As I was growing up, I was exposed to fabrics and sewing. I wouldn’t be where I was today if it wasn’t for her guidance and support.”

ON HER PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS

“Less than a month ago I graduated with a degree in Fashion Design and Technology at the Wilson School of Design. One week after I graduated I was contacted by Lululemon and was hired in Design. It’s crazy to think that I am only 21 years old and I landed a design job with a big company. Definitely one of my proudest moments to date!”

Thanks to Maria for her participation and for being one of our Heritage Heroes. We can’t wait to see where her future endeavours take her!

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