suki's history

IN 1972 SUKI TAKAGI MOVED TO VANCOUVER, purchased a small salon at the site of our current South Granville location and changed the future of Canadian hairdressing.

Japanese by birth, Suki began her career in Beverly Hills, studied the craft in Europe, and in 1972 opened her first salon in Vancouver with no clients but a clear vision of what hairdressing could be. The salon was quite literally built one client at a time, through recommendations from clients or people stopping clients on the street to ask them where they had gone to get their hair cut. By focusing on the cut and creating exciting, easy to maintain hair styles Suki's quickly became "the must see" salon.

From the beginning, the focus has been on strong, technical cutting – and incredible colour work done by colour specialists. In 1978, the Suki's Advanced Academy was founded to train our growing staff. (Today the Suki’s Academy attracts international students and is considered one of the finest training facilities in the world.)

The company remains committed to quality and innovation. The vast majority of all Suki’s Stylists and Colour Specialists started with the company as Apprentices, completed the Suki’s Academy, and passed a demanding final exam before being allowed to work in the salons. Simply put, our Stylists and Technicians are better, because they are better trained.

For 40 years Suki's has steadfastly remained true to Suki's original vision of excellence and is now recognized internationally for the educational and artistic excellence achieved over the years. The company has now grown from the original five-chair salon to four salons a spa and the Suki's Academy. Suki's now employs 150 talented staff who share a common vision.