A proud Montrealer of Haitian origin, ‘Chris’ is driven by one thing: creation. He’s the first to admit that it’s his only passion. Even though he studied clothing structure, his heart belongs to accessories, particularly bow ties. For now, at least. While he is a talented designer, Christopher is also a daring entrepreneur, having launched his own brand.
The Exorphe Collection came into being by way of a happy accident. During an event, Christopher was tasked with finding a particular style of bow tie. When he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he simply decided to create it himself.
That’s all it took for this fabric architect to launch the Exorphe Collection, a line of handmade bow ties marrying form and colour at a price that flusters the competition.
But the artist doesn’t stop there. He is currently studying to become a patternmaker while continuing to offer his services as a style consultant at Surmesur, a house of creation on a different level, where he can share his enthusiasm and his open mind.
Chris has worn many hats over the years: touring musician, concrete truck driver, recording studio owner/operator, shipper/receiver, home renovator, Blue Jays beer guy, bartender, runway and print ad model.
So how did he end up working in menswear? You could say it’s in his blood: his maternal ancestry has been traced to 1100 AD in Peebles, England, current warehouse headquarters for Holland & Sherry, and located at the mouth of the river Tweed.
No wonder his idea of a perfect outfit includes a soft tweed or flannel sports coat, which he would likely complement with chinos and a casual shirt.
It could also explain why he considers London to be among the world’s top fashion cities, along with Milan, although he firmly believes that the fashion crown could one day be bestowed upon another city a little closer to home:
“In ten years, maybe Toronto, if we have anything to say about it!”