Christopher Collins
If you watch Project Runway regularly, then you might already know who Christopher Collins is. Known for his one-of-a-kind ensembles, Collins caught the eye of Tim Gunn from Project Runway. With his blend of raw talent, sincere charisma, and ambitious detail, there is no doubt he was a perfect candidate for the show. With ten years of fashion experience, his pieces demostrate everything a woman would want: quality, luxury, high fashion, and a touch of femininity. While working hard to earn his degree in fashion design at San Francisco State University, he worked as a visual merchandiser for Neiman Marcus, gaining an eye for whats haute and whats not. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to design for two well-known fashion designers, Tadashi and Dina Bar-el. He finally launched his first collection after moving back to San Francisco in 2008. The collection included fine silks and tailored Elizabethan collars that caught the attention of many. When asked about his design philosophy, Christopher Collins simply answers with a smile, “To make someone feel beautiful, fresh, natural and new.”
Where were you born ?
San Diego
How long in San francisco:
I’ve been back and forth between LA and SF- but about 12 years.
Nob Hill
Fashion Designer
Favorite Restaurant:
Café Claude
Best Sushi:
Hanabi, in the Lower Haight
Best Ethnic Food:
Café Zitouna, Tunisian
Best Italian:
Il Borgo
Best place for late night dining:
Absynthe in Hayes Valley
Best place for a romantic date:
The top of the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate bridge and the city at sunset.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The W!
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I love finding treasures at Joy Bianchi’s Couture house on Fulton St.
Best Spa:
Epi Center.
Favorite Charity Event:
Dress for Success
Favorite Cultural Event:
Gay Pride
Favorite Cultural Institution:
San Francisco Opera
Best Steakhouse:
Best Pizza:
Pizza Orgazmica
Best Lunch:
Suzu, a noodle house in Japantown.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The Olympic Club
Best Massage:
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Luxor Executive Car Services
Best Museum/Exhibit:
de Young
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Golden Gate Park
What are the best luxury shopping venues in your city?
Christopher Collins boutique!
Best Sushi:
Hanabi, in the Lower Haight
Best dessert:
Not very desserty... boring, I know!
Best Sunday brunch:
Zazie in Cole Valley
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Rotunda
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
Probably my favorite aspect of San Francisco is the Parrots of Telegraph hill. They move from Dolores Park, to Cathedral Hill to North Beach and it feels like a gift when you suddenly hear or see them.
Best Aspect Of Atlanta
That there is nature integrated into an urban lifestyle. I love the moodiness of the bay and always changing weather mixing with busy streets and historical architecture.
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