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March 3, 2014

LOUNGE| Designer Christian Benner

  1. What were the first steps you took in the world of 
     I have always had my hands in fashion one way or another. After studying Fashion Merchandising in college, I bounced around doing a lot of merchandising, and window display jobs, and then to managing a vintage clothing store. Granted it was a roller coster ride, I really learned all aspects of the business, allowing to take that, and put it towards in my brand.   

    2. Why is reviving old clothing so appealing to you? What made you start cutting, distressing, bleaching, and dirtying up T-shirts and boots in the first place?
There is just something about used, beat up garment that is beautiful to me. If these garments could speak, the stories they would tell would be priceless. I became fascinated with going out, and looking at the wear and tear of garments, and took these ideas and started creating my own version. It's a form of tribute to the lost and forgotten, and usually thrown out pieces.

3. How long does it usually take to create a piece?  Can you describe us a process of creating one of your T-shirts?

It really depends on the piece. A leather jacket for instance could take up to 2 weeks. I never really plan out what I'm going to do, it really just starts to come together as I'm working on it. I could have an idea in my head, start putting the jacket together, and completely change my idea in the middle and have a totally different outcome. I feel if I were to plan anything, I would go crazy with all the thoughts in my head.  

4. Where do you find inspiration for your designs? Looks like music has to play a big part in what you do.

Music is a huge part of my inspiration. I go through phases with music. Right now I'm in a 90s grunge phase, which brings me back to my teenage years. I do a lot of my thinking when working and it's really great thinking of old memories from when I was a teenager. I'm also super inspired by my neighborhood, the east village of NY. So much rock and roll history is here, and I really want that feel to play a part in my designs.
5. Do you consider yourself an artist?

I absolutely consider myself an artist. My mind is always going a mile a minute, and I'm able to use clothing
as a form of canvas to express my thoughts. 

6. How would you define your personal style?
A mixture of many different genres of rock and roll...    

7. What are your plans for the future?     

That's always something I really never like to think of. I live my life day by day. I have become super content with my life, and am happy that people enjoy what I do today. I don't plan on stopping what I'm doing, so the thoughts of the future for me are pretty much endless.

8. Any advice to young designers?

Don't give up and believe in your true self. Today's society really tries to tell the new generation who to be and how to act. Individualism is the most attractive virtue. 
photo credit: blog.gypsywarrior.com



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