Known in the bay area for his one-of-a-kind ensembles, Christopher Collins is a perfect blend of raw talent, sincere charisma and ambitious detail, which is found in every one of his pieces. With ten years of fashion experience under his belt, Christopher’s pieces demonstrate quality, luxury, high fashion and femininity. While earning his degree in fashion design at San Francisco State University, Christopher worked as a visual merchandiser for Neiman Marcus where he gained insight into the luxury market. Upon graduation, Christopher moved to Los Angeles to design for two well-known fashion designers—Tadashi and Dina Bar-el. After years of eveningwear design, Christopher moved back to San Francisco to start his Contemporary Couture collection with his lifetime friend, Erica Tanamachi. In Fall 2008, Christopher and Erica launched the much-anticipated first collection of the Christopher Collins line. The collection of fine silks, and tailored Elizabethan collars gained immediate exposure and can be found at boutiques throughout the United States. Growing in popularity, The Spring 2009 Collection showed at Gen Art in San Francisco and received rave reviews. Christopher continuously designs fashion forward pieces crafted from fine fabrics from Italy, France and Japan with a fit that rival the greatest in the industry. When asked about his design philosophy, Christopher Collins simply answers with a smile, “To make someone feel beautiful, fresh, natural and new.”
Erica Tanamachi works as a freelance producer and director of documentary films and reality television shows. She holds an MFA in Cinema from SFSU and has received multiple awards for her documentaries from various festivals. Her experience as a producer within the film/television industry has helped craft her management skills to move into the fashion industry and launch the Christopher Collins brand. Apart from Tanamachi’s endeavors as a filmmaker, she is also the President of The Peter John Filanc Foundation, a construction/engineering scholarship foundation she began to continue her father's philanthropic efforts.