Passion for fashion draws Tok girl home
Sarah Sneerdan left behind her corporate lifestyle to pursue a career in fashion and now she has stitched up her own business.
The 28- year old Tokoroa woman was an insurance underwriter for the mines in Perth.
The pay was great and travel opportunities were vast but there was always a gap in her life.
After she achieved her goal to visit family in Holland she decided to pursue her passion which brought her back home.
‘‘Money is great but it’s not the be all and end all.’’
Two years ago she started a course at Waiariki and has finally completed a fashion show as her last assessment.
‘‘The buzz from the fashion show and having everyone applauding for your hard work is amazing.’’
Yet it was never that way for Sneerdan, who described herself as a tomboy when she grew up.
As the youngest of five brothers she was one of the boys.
However, her mother had her own ideas for the only daughter of the Sneerdan clan.
‘‘No way, I didn’t like to wear dresses. My Mum wanted to dress me in pinks and purples.’’
Sneerdan was always the designer and never the model.
‘‘ I used to doodle girls in dresses . . . I would spend hours in my room painting.’’
And now it looks like her mother’s wish will come true as she launches her career from the very town she grew up in.
Aiming high: Sarah Sneerdan returns to Tokoroa to live her dream of being a fashion designer and now she is about to launch her own label.