Mercedes-Benz Start Up is a ongoing initiative that is intended to provide a national platform to discover and support emerging Canadian fashion designers. By connecting these gifted individuals with an experienced panel of industry insiders, the program mentors Canadian talent to help them hone a broad range of skills and elevate their profile through unparalleled opportunities. Unprecedented access to fashion business experts, combined with real-world practical experience, Mercedes-Benz Start Up offers finalists the knowledge required to develop a thriving career and the tools necessary to create a successful business beyond the initial launch of a collection.
Vancouver-native Christopher Bates was the only menswear designer among the finalists for the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program. His Spring 2013 collection was inspired by the 1960’s James Bond films that features an impeccable offerings of ready to wear well-tailored dressed shirts, leather jackets, denims and suiting that brings cohesiveness and a well-thought out collection that showcase the designers aesthetics and influences. The full collection will be available in-store early next year and in addition to Toronto Gotstyle Menswear, the Christopher Bates line is available at Channer’s in Waterloo, and Boutique Novo in Quebec City.
Source: Toronto Life