TOP GUN X CHRISTOPHER BATES
Officially licensed by Paramount Pictures, the TOP GUN X CHRISTOPHER BATES capsule collection pays homage to the iconic and exhilarating world that the original TOP GUN film created in 1986. Each of the exclusive, limited-edition products in our first drop are proudly made in Italy from premium materials and artisanal level craftsmanship.
“TOP GUN is one of my all-time favourite movies. I cannot count how many times I’ve seen it. For me personally this collaboration is a dream come true and a genuine passion project,” exclaims Christopher Bates, Creative Director.
Our first drop is unisex and features products directly inspired by the movie: bomber jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, volleyball tank-tops, and aviator sunglasses. All of the prints, engravings, and badges are made from authentic artwork from the original film.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Christopher Bates has chosen his real name to represent himself in the fashion world. He was educated at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, a renowned institution synonymous with fashion, design and art. Since his debut, this intrepid designer has achieved a meteoric rise in the fashion industry. In 2014 he established a design studio in Milan to produce, with pride, in this splendid country.
The passion that Christopher Bates expresses is almost palpable, and apparent in every aspect of his life. He is versatile and particularly focused on beautiful, innovative details. He has an innate curiosity and is inspired by anatomy, architecture, geometry, and also from other art forms such as cooking. His ultimate style icon is Sean Connery’s James Bond. He sells to influential retailers including Nordstrom, Breuninger, and Harry Rosen.
Bates has received numerous accolades over the years including:
- Canadian Menswear Designer of the Year Award, CAFA (2019)
- Visionary Award from Fashion Group International, FGI (2018)
- Notable Award Nominee for Fashion in Canada, Notable (2015-2014)
- Canada’s Top 100 Most Influential People, Alberta Youth Congress (2014)
- Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Program Finalist, Toronto Fashion Week (2012)
- Top Menswear Designers in Canada, Sharp Magazine (2009)
He also designed the new uniforms for Air Canada – one of the largest airlines in the world. Unveiled worldwide in the Spring of 2018, the new uniforms won several awards including two Image of the Year Awards: “Best of the Best” and Transportation, People” from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD), as well as “Best Design for Corporate Clothing” from the Professional Clothing Awards in London where Air Canada was the first North American company to win at these awards.
He has been featured in many top media publications including: L’Uomo Vogue Italia, Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes, GQ Brazil, Monocle, Elle, Fashion, SCHÖN!, Hello!, Huffington Post, Esquire China, and Flare…
Celebrities he has dressed include:
- Actors: Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), Don Cheadle (The Avengers), John Boyega (Star Wars), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), CBC’s Ron MacLean
- Formula 1 Drivers: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), George Russell (Williams)
- Athletes: MLB Star Jose Bautista, NBA star DeMarre Carroll, Canadian soccer star Tosaint Ricketts
- Film Producers: Gary Michael Walters (Drive), and Andrea Iervolino (The Merchant of Venice)
- Musicians: Shawn Mendes, and Howie-D of the Backstreet Boys
- Bands: Marianas Trench, and Walk Off The Earth.
The brand you choose to represent should also represent you.
How you dress, from day-to-day to momentous occasions, is part of the thread that weaves together to become the fabric of your life. Clothing is a dynamic form of self-expression that has the power to inspire, instill confidence, and forge your identity.
Our mission is to create beautiful clothing that helps you write your own story, in style.
Christopher Bates designs for fashionable individuals who are in their prime regardless of age, race, colour, gender, or creed. They live for the moment and dress how they feel; confident with a desire to stand out from the crowd. They have a zest for life. They are world travelers, mavericks, innovators, lovers, and leaders.
Inspired by the exclusive fabrics and artisanal Italian producers he works with, Bates’ commitment to quality and authenticity is absolute. This commitment, in harmony with his honed talent for timeless design, clever details, and bold colour-palette, is what has established him as a renowned expert in style.
“Each of our products is designed to last and to become wardrobe staples and go-to highlight pieces that you will wear for years.” states Christopher Bates.
A rarity in the fashion industry, the brand and the designer are genuinely united. The result is more than just a name. Christopher Bates personifies the brand’s values with every fibre of his being.
He is dedicated to making you look your best; to make you feel your best.
This is the fabric of our brand.