Christopher Bates

Creative Director at Christopher Bates
Toronto, ON
Canada

Christopher has chosen his real name to represent himself in the fashion world. He was educated at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, a renowned institution synonymous with fashion, design and art. Since his debut, this intrepid designer has achieved a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. In 2014 he established a design studio in Milan. Christopher is versatile and particularly focused on beautiful, innovative details. He has an innate curiosity and is inspired by anatomy, architecture, geometry and also from other art forms such as cooking. His ultimate style icon is Sean Connery’s James Bond. He sells to influential retailers including: Nordstrom, Harry Rosen, and Gotstyle. In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top menswear designers in Canada by Sharp Magazine. In 2012, he was featured as the only menswear designer in the Mercedes-Benz StartUp Program and awarded a sponsored show at Toronto Fashion Week. In 2014, he was included in Canada’s Top 100 Most Influential People (Alberta Youth Congress). He was also nominated for the 2014 and 2015 Notable Award for Fashion in Canada. In 2018 Bates won a Visionary Award from Fashion Group International, Toronto (FGI) and in 2019 he won the Canadian Menswear Designer of the Year Award (CAFA). He also designed the new uniforms for Air Canada. In the Spring of 2018, the new uniforms have already won several awards including two Image of the Year Awards: "Best of the Best" and Transportation, People" from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD), as well as "Best Design for Corporate Clothing" from the Professional Clothing Awards in London where Air Canada was the first North American company to win at these awards. He has been featured in many top media publications including: L’Uomo Vogue Italia, WWD Women's Wear Daily, Forbes, GQ Brazil, Monocle, Elle, Fashion, SCHÖN!, Hello!, Huffington Post, Esquire China, and Flare.
 
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