THE PURSUIT OF PURPOSE
As a teenager, Leo Passage assists in his father’s barbershop in Belgium. Leo soon moves to The Netherlands to apprentice in a salon owned by a friend of his father’s—who happened to be the president of the Dutch Hairdressing Federation—and becomes inspired by beautiful hair and the creative world of competition.
“Seek and appreciate the best mentors in your life. Surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude and always believe in you. Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning and make your career a hobby so you have fun doing it.” — Leo Passage
AN ICON EMERGES
Leo wins more than 100 European competition awards, including the Championship of Holland in 1957 and receives an invitation to join the Dutch Olympic Hairdressing Team. Leo would later be recognized by Modern Salon as one of the top 50 hairdressers of all time.