Christopher Bates launches Top Gun-inspired collection
Canadian fashion designer Christopher Bates announced on Monday the launch of a Top Gun-inspired capsule collection created in collaboration with Paramount Consumer Products.
The limited-edition clothing line features unisex products that aim to pay homage to the iconic 1986 original film while nodding to the new Top Gun: Maverick movie, set to premiere on May 27, 2022.
The made-in-Italy collection includes jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, volleyball tank-tops, and aviator sunglasses characterized by prints, engravings, and badges all made from authentic artwork from the original film. Items retail from $70 to $670.
For the exclusive launch, pop-up shops are planned, including at Toronto's Stackt market starting May 30 through June 5.
"Top Gun is one of my all-time favorite movies and creating this collection was a dream come true for me," said creative director, Christopher Bates.
"Each piece was carefully crafted, with exceptional materials, artisanal level craftsmanship, and significant attention to detail. Our goal was to revive the beloved original film in a genuine and nostalgic way while ushering in a new generation of fans who will be experiencing the exhilarating world of Top Gun for the very first time.”
The collection is now available in Canada, the U.S., UK and Germany, via topguncollection.com. It is equally available at select retailers including Shinobi Menswear in Las Vegas and Newport Beach, Gotstyle and The Coop in Toronto, and Breuninger.com in Germany.
"It has been a great experience working with Christopher on this amazing collaboration," added Jamie Drew, senior vice president, strategic partnerships and americas licensing, Paramount Consumer Products.
"The collection creatively translates the iconic style from Top Gun into chic, wearable designs. We are so excited to bring this impeccable line to fans.”
The Canadian designer is well-known for his luxury menswear creations across Canada’s fashion scene, since founding his namesake label in 2008.
Most recently, he won the Canadian Menswear Designer of the Year Award at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards in 2019, and has been called on for numerous design collaborations including with Air Canada, Harry Rosen and even MTV.
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