Christopher Bates had his final show in Canada at World MasterCard fashion week. The ingenious designer will be moving back to Milan – joining the ranks of the duo behind DSquared2 and Erdem – where he studied fashion 8 years ago.
The 35 year old designer studied at the Istituto Marangoni. The prestigious school count Domencio Dolce of Dolce & Gabanna and Franco Moschino as its alumni.
The Milan-bound designer uses James Bond as his inspiration. His collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week featured custom suits, tuxedos, coats and dress shirts for men.
Bates plans to produce all of his clothes in Italy. He wants to work closely with the manufacturers.
He explains Milan as the “world’s biggest luxury market” and any success he has there will “reverberate around the world.” His goal from the start has been to become an “international designer.”
His clothes are featured in Holt Renfrew and a number of boutiques. With the standalone Holt Renfrew Men and Saks Fifth Avenue entering the Canadian market, we can guarantee we’ll be seeing a lot more of Christopher Bates.