Christopher Bates proudly designed the new uniforms for Canada’s iconic airline: Air Canada, one of the largest airlines in the world. Unveiled worldwide in the Spring of 2018, the new uniforms 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.


Bates outfitted all of Air Canada’s 28,000 employees in a fully coordinated collection consisting of 150 pieces. Standout pieces include: 100%
wool tailored suiting and dresses coloured in black and charcoal, custom designed 100% silk print ties and scarves, and signature Air Canada red leather belts and handbags.


“A quick note to say thank you for everything you have dedicated to our uniform program and to wish you good luck with your show tonight. I just ran into one of our YUL based flight attendants at the airport with a scrum of agents around her wanting to see and touch her uniform. She had been in it all day and still looked chic and comfortable and sophisticated…and proud, most importantly. I imagine you are hardly checking your email as you get ready for your show tonight. So good luck, I’m sure your collection will wow everyone. You have already ‘wowed’ this
week for so many at Air Canada… momentum is on your side!”

Renee Smith-Valade,
Vice President, In-Flight Service, Air Canada