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Revista Tango Romania

Friday, April 12, 2013

An Interview with Canadian Fashion Designer Christopher Bates

Designer Christopher Bates
Victoria West: You just showed your fall collection at World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week, did you meet the expectations that you had for this season’s Fashion Week? 

Christopher Bates: Absolutely, it was a great experience. The show was well received, there have been lots of great reviews and some new customers.

VW: When your new collection is going to be available in stores? 

CB: First delivery will be in late August, in the same stores as before – both locations of Gotstyle in Toronto (Bathurst and Distillery District) and Channer’s in Waterloo.

VW: What does it take to a Canadian fashion designer to show at Toronto Fashion Week, what are the steps to be taken, from the registration till the actual show on the runway? 

CB: If you haven’t shown before, then you have to apply. It’s a fairly detailed application process, you have to submit everything – lookbooks, line sheets, detailed information on your past, your plans, your stores. Then you have to send samples, which will be reviewed. I have already shown before, so for me it was just a matter of expressing my interest in doing a show and paying the fees.

VW: How do you acquire your models for the shows? 

CB: I have worked with a lot of guys here over the years. I contact agencies and book models. Also, a lot of the guys are my friends and I ask them if they want to do it – they don’t do it for free necessarily, but it’s great, it really helps me.

VW: Have you started working on your next spring collection yet? 

CB: Yes, absolutely. I haven’t started making the prototypes yet, but I’ve started with the design process, and I’m going to start making the prototypes very soon.

VW: Besides your spring collection, do you work on any other projects right now? 

CB: I work on many-many other projects. I’m doing some consulting design for another large fashion brand right now, I can’t say what it is, but it’s taking all my time at the moment. I’m also doing a couple of homeware projects – pillows, carpets, things like that. I’m also doing a lot of custom work – custom suits, raincoats, dress shirts, this business is really booming right now. I also dress a lot of celebrities for Juno Awards. So yes, my schedule is pretty full right now.

VW: Can we expect to see you at Toronto Fashion Week again? 

CB: Yes, for sure. Next season I’ll be showing either in Toronto, or in Montreal, or both – this would be the plan.

VW: Do you read fashion magazines? 

CB: Yes, I do. There is a number of magazines for men or for both men and women, and I read both – men’s, women’s, unisex.

VW: What are your favorites? 

CB: I like Fashion, the men’s and the women’s version; Dress to Kill; Product; Flare, which is a classic; Sharp. There is also Women’s Wear Daily that I like, which is more of a newspaper type of publication, but overall this is really my favorite source for fashion news.

VW: How do you like to spend your free time? 

CB: I go to the gym or play soccer, I do sports 7 days a week, that’s really important to me, I love being healthy. It’s a stress reliever as well, I feel so much better after exercising. I listen to music, I read books, I cook, I host a lot of dinner parties, I like spending time with friends and family, I love to travel, I love movies.


Follow Christopher Bates on ChristopherBates.com, Facebook, Twitter.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Christopher Bates


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Antonella, I appreciate it.
      Have a great week ahead!

  2. Hi sweety, congrats on this great interview, I loving learning more about the creative minds behind fashion!

    1. Hi Sam, thank you for your kind words.
      Enjoy your week!

  3. Buna Victoria,
    Ai un tag de la mine :)

    1. Buna Mihaela, multumesc pentru tag, il voi face zilele acestea. :)


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