ULTRA Design Inc. wholly owns and operates the Christopher Bates brand. The company was incorporated in British Columbia, Canada on February 29th, 2008. The company’s primary business is designing and wholesaling men’s clothing and accessories. The company is currently headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We have achieved a strong presence in Canada and are currently seeking business partners to help develop our business internationally.
Our creative director, Christopher Bates received his formal training at legendary Istituto Marangoni in Milan which counts Franco Moschino and Domenico Dolce (of Dolce & Gabbana) as fellow alumni. In 2009, Bates was featured as one of the top six leading menswear designers in Canada (Sharp Magazine, September 2009). Today, his eponymous menswear line is gaining traction with retailers, consumers, media, stylists and celebrities.
Since he launched his brand, he has been selling in leading Canadian retailers including: Holt Renfrew (Canada’s foremost national 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. In 2013, he made his independent debut on the main runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week with an explosive runway show.
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.
Bates’ signature style 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.
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 Renfrew
“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