eBay Holiday Capsule Collection Designers: Chris Benz
Designer Chris Benz is a multi-faceted talent aside from his brilliant eponymous clothing line. One of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA scholarship years ago, a college-aged Chris was on his way to transcend his studies at School of Parsons. Since then, he has made a name for himself — from his own collections, to the appearance as a guest judge on Bravo’s The Fashion Show, to his column, ”Ask Chris”, on Fashionista.com. eBay is lucky to claim him as one of our seven designers for the exclusive capsule collection to be released this November, including Ruffian, Billy Reid, Steven Alan, and more. First, let’s read a little more on Chris and his vintage hunts… [MORE]
Jauretsi: If you had to describe a day in the life of your customer, how would they spend the day ideally?
Chris Benz: Our CHRISBENZ girls don’t have a cookie-cutter day! Ideally, however, she would spend her morning at Café Flore and afternoon on the Bowery – playfully imprudent, but always precise and ALWAYS in color. She’s effortless, a tireless traveller, and the ultimate eccentric. Past, present, and future.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to become a designer?
To be fair, I believe my parents were the first to clock my propensity for design when I was grabbing and earmarking every fashion and design magazine that landed in our mailbox with “aspirational thoughts” for my Mom in the late eighties. I was always artistic and spent hours everyday drawing. I realized I could marry my love for creation with clothes, and that was it.
Q: Do you have a specific “aha find” on eBay? What was the item?
I always have a million “Saved Searches” flooding my inbox everyday, and I have my fingers perpetually crossed in hopes of the perfect Bitossi ceramic or vintage tattered T-shirt popping up. I did score my beloved Vivienne Westwood platform croc shoes on eBay when I was a student at Parsons. They were quite the hit with the club kids at the time – they’re the same pair Naomi Campbell infamously fell off of on the runway!
Q: What are your top 3 fav holiday movies?
The Bishop’s Wife (1947), Christmas in Connecticut (1945), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Q: In terms of online searches, what do you recommend is the most savvy thing or genre to search for on eBay?
I love spending hours and hours milling through listings under a general search term — “mid–century” or “vintage industrial” for example –- its almost like an adventure. I love discovering new, interesting things and it’s much harder to have those moments when you’re searching for something too specific.
Q: What is your favorite thing about 2012 so far?
I’ve been on a major eBay sweep in 2012 for vintage T-shirts, actually, which is really one of my new favorite things. The more worn out, the better. I think all of my travels to Japan put this aesthetic into my brain, where they covet the most cellophane-thin worn out tees. It’s all about polyester, rayon, and a cheeky graphic in my life right now!
Q: What is your “go to” get away spot for the holidays? What essential items do you pack in your bags on that escape end of year?
Because I travel so much, my favorite holiday “get away” is definitely New York City. My family has a tradition for dinner on Christmas Eve at the Carlyle Hotel that begins with cocktails at Bemelman’s Bar that is truly magical. Regarding packing, I always have a cashmere scarf on hand for that spontaneous gift and new holiday friend. I very rarely check luggage, but rely on my trusty Rimowa carry-on cabin trolly for even the farthest-flung international ports of call.