Christopher Bates Conquers The Red Carpet
BY: HARRY ROSEN STAFF
September 20, 2016
Canadian menswear designer, Christopher Bates has taken the fashion world by storm with his elegant, stylish and contemporary brand. Based out of Milan, where he conceives and crafts his collection, we caught up with the designer to learn more about his new eveningwear-inspired footwear collection available exclusively at Harry Rosen.
Tell us what we can look forward to this fall from your new collection?
I'm thrilled to continue my footwear collaboration with Harry Rosen. After a successful initial season we are expanding with additional new styles for fall/winter that I know will be highly coveted. For our fall collection we are offering 3 new styles that are perfect for cocktail, evening, and formal occasions. The collection includes 2 different lasts: the first is a modern Italian last that is narrower and sleek, the second is more classic and features a wider toe box. Our colour story is black and charcoal - perfect for evenings when you want to dress-to-impress. The collection features a striated, velvet slipper with nappa leather trim and a grosgrain strap, a hexagon-stamped calf leather lace-up derby, and a tasteful dark camouflage single monk-strap.
You live and work in Milan, what have you learned about craftsmanship from the Italians?
I describe my style as contemporary Italian. I studied fashion design in Milan and have now been based there for 2 years. I source all of my materials from Italian suppliers and each shoe is handmade in Italy. Italians have a rich appreciation of quality and when it comes to leather and footwear their craftsmanship is unrivalled. I visit my suppliers often and am always inspired by their attention to detail and artisanal approach.
At Harry Rosen we talk a lot about building a shoe wardrobe. How many pairs do you suggest a man should have in his arsenal?
That's a difficult question. I think it will depend on your budget. My essentials include: a classic derby or oxford for business, a patent leather tuxedo shoe for special events, a stylish velvet slipper for evenings, a nappa leather dress boot for winter, a more casual suede boot for fall, a moccasin in exotic leather for spring/summer, and dressier leather sneakers for casual. But if you haven’t already guessed, I’m a bit of a shoe addict.