Trained in Milan at legendary Istituto Marangoni, Christopher Bates is an intrepid Toronto-based 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 and Gotstyle Menswear. In 2012, Bates was selected as the only menswear designer in the Mercedes-Benz Start Up 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, band members from Marianas Trench, Walk Off The Earth, and Eleven Past One, as well as actors including John Boyeda, Kris Higgins, Greg Bryk and Charlie Carrick.