Originally from Canada, Christopher Bates 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 his headquarters in Milan to produce, with pride, in this splendid country.
The determination that Christopher Bates expresses is almost palpable, and apparent in every aspect of his life. He 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 style icons are Sean Connery’s James Bond, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, and David Bowie. He sells to influential retailers in Italy, including: Magenta Homme, Ruggero, Buttietc and in Canada to: Harry Rosen and Browns.
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 (Notable.ca) and the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Canadian Menswear Designer of the Year Award (CAFA).
In 2017 we will hear more from him, as his work will take off…literally. He is proudly designing the new uniforms for Air Canada – one of the largest airlines in the world.
He has been featured in many top media publications including: L’Uomo Vogue Italia, Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes, GQ Brazil, Monocle, Elle, Fashion, SCHÖN!, Hello!, Huffington Post, Esquire China and Flare etc.
Celebrities he has dressed include: NBA star DeMarre Carrol of the Toronto Raptors, MLS forward Tosaint Ricketts of the Toronto FC, Film Producer Gary Michael Walters (Drive, Whiplash), Film Producer Andrea Iervolino (The Merchant of Venice, In Dubious Battle), CBC’s Ron MacLean, Howie-D of the Backstreet Boys, bands: Marianas Trench and Walk Off The Earth, actors: John Boyega (Star Wars Episode VII), Greg Bryk (Bitten), and Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom of the Opera).