Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Toronto-based Christopher Bates is an intrepid designer achieving a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. His eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists and celebrities.
In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Since he launched his brand he has been selling in leading Canadian retailers including: Holt Renfrew (Canada’s foremost luxury department store chain) and Gotstyle Menswear (voted #1 Menswear Store in Canada, Sharp Magazine 2012). In 2012, Bates was selected as the only menswear
designer in the Mercedes-Benz StartUp Program and was awarded with a sponsored show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.
Celebrities who have worn his line include: CBC's Ron MacLean, Howie-D of the Backstreet Boys, bands:
Marianas Trench, Walk Off The Earth, and Eleven Past One, actors Kristopher Higgins, John Boyeda, Charlie Carrick, Jordan Weller, Tygh Runyan, Craig Olejnik and Rainbow Sun Francks, etc...
Bates’ unique style signature evolves from the following elements: contemporary tailoring, stylish fabrics
and trims, clever details, a modern-edge, quality construction, a tasteful colour palette with injections of
boldness, and a unique blend of Scandinavian and Italian influences. He designs quality, lifestyle-oriented pieces with a distinctly European flair. Focusing on the smart-casual contemporary market, his dashing
urban looks are perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. His inspirations are diverse and
include: living, studying and travelling in Europe, asymmetry, the 80’s, architecture, street-style, Depeche
Mode, and style icons, such as James Bond.
Bates designs for dynamic, stylish individuals who possess a cultivated appreciation of designer fashion
and a sense of adventure in their life and dress. The line is perfect for confident men in their prime who
want to stand out from the crowd. Born and raised in Canada, trained in Milan and inspired by the jet-set
lifestyle, Bates’ approach to design is truly global and his line appeals to the growing numbers of fashion-
conscious men in cosmopolitan cities around the world.
Bates’ ultimate goal is to create a leading international designer fashion brand.
”We are excited to be launching the Christopher Bates Collection for Spring 2014. This young talented
Canadian Designer has perfected his craft creating a unique, contemporary sportswear collection that
showcases clever details and quality constructions with a modern yet sophisticated edge. We look
forward to our new partnership with Christopher.” Barbara Atkin, Vice President, Fashion Direction at Holt
“Your work is a breath of fresh air! Very tasteful, with thoughtful little design touches – a real modern take
on classic menswear.” Bernadette Morra, Editor-in-chief, FASHION Magazine
Christopher Bates had an elegant men’s wear line with a James Bond theme. “I have no doubt at all that
that guy is going to make it.” Jeanne Beker on myETVmedia.com