Christian Benner


Designer Name:
Christian Benner

Label Name:
Christian Benner Custom

Website:
http://www.christianbennercustom.com/

“I am honored to be showing with Nolcha this year, and in a room with a group of talented independent artists.”

Background

Beginning as a visual merchandiser for Victoria’s Secret, then taking the reigns as lead stylist and sales for Men’s wear at Internationally known vintage retailer, What Goes Around Comes Around, he has rapidly become one of the most in-demand creators in New York City’s cut throat underground fashion scene. Mastering the art of taking existing pieces (predominantly rock tees and leather goods) and redesigning, distressing and reviving ‘the old’ by giving them a new life, a second story, and definitely some amazing, one of a kind touches, is what stands him out from the rest – Catering to the likes of Brandon Flowers, Mila Kunis, Jakob Dylan, Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift, Donatella Versace and many others and receiving countless editorial features and stylings both domestically and overseas.

Vision

When I create my pieces, I look at the before and after product, and imagine them 10 years from now, and how they will subside in that time period. Im taking such a unique, one of a kind piece, and making it relevant for almost any time period. I envision taking a classic beat up rock and roll t-shirt, and turning it into high fashion. My goal is to create a customer who has a few of my pieces in their closet as their staple pieces that they can pair with almost anything.

Signature style

High fashion married to Rock and Roll.

Influence

1977 New York City

Brand philosophy

There are no rules in what we do. 

Making it happen

I’m treating each of my pieces as a one of kind piece, something almost catered for that individual who is purchasing. When I have clients inquiring about pieces, I actually like to take a few minutes and actually get to know that person, their lifestyle, and their overall vibe, so I can create a piece specifically for them. I want someone to stop them on the street, and ask them, “hey where did you get that, I must have it for myself”

Celebrity crush

Blondie

What does New York City mean to you?

In the late 70s, early 80s, there was nothing like the downtown rock and roll scene. History started here, and I want to keep it alive.