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Christopher Bates Expands to Vancouver Holt Renfrew

A little something for the snappy male Vancouverites out there? Acclaimed Canadian contemporary menswear designer Christopher Bates has finally announced his Spring 2014 line will be available at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver (737 Dunsmuir St.) alongside select elite international brands. Yay for bi-coastal fashion accessibility!

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While the Toronto-based namesake brand only launched in 2008, Bates has already gained traction with retailers, media and celebrities. He’s a fixture at World MasterCard Fashion Week (see his show this Wednesday at 3 p.m.) and can boast of the fact that 80 percent of his line is made-in-Canada from the finest materials imported from Europe.

Bates designs with the style-conscious man in mind; creating dashing, urban looks perfectly suited for evening, weekend and transition wear. “I’m thrilled to have my line available at Canada’s leading luxury retail destination, Holt Renfrew,” says the designer in a recent release. “With Holt Renfrew’s support, my line will be able to reach a broader audience of stylish men in this country, and it demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to Canadian designers.”

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Along with setting up shop in Vancouver’s Holt (literally), Bates will also be hosting a trunk show to showcase his Spring 2014 collection, inspired by the elegant lifestyle of the French Riviera. This collection will reportedly boast Bates’ strongest pieces to date: a series of superfine Italian merino wool sweaters, which include exquisite detailing and use of colourblocking, naval-inspired blazers and shorts, windowpane and camouflage patterned trousers, and his signature cotton and linen short and long sleeve dress shirts.

The invitation-only trunk show kicks off on April 3, but the collection will be available to purchase in-store thereafter.

Images via Christopher Bates

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