Words by Juwan Williams
Christopher Findley’s eye for fashion began when he was in junior high school. Ever since Chris was younger he has learned how to make his creativity work for him. When he was younger, he expressed himself through a heightened fashion sense. After collaborating with a few brands that only wanted to limit his vision, Chris sought out other ways to prove himself. In recent years Chris has added a sleek leather travel bag to his ensemble. Introducing his own travel bag that’s it’s not only stylish but essential for travel. Chris has used his creative eye and love for fashion and marketing to create a bag that would fit his needs as well as others. The Christopher Findley bag has been the driving force for Chris’s real passion which is travel. Each bag is designed and handcrafted to travel the world.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
I am a brand ambassador for Heritage Clothing which is a capsule collection by report collection. With the position I am a part of sales Marketing, Branding, and Digital Media.
How did fashion come into your life?
Growing up on Brooklyn, the way you dressed said a lot about who you were or wanted to be. Being a child of a single parent with four other siblings, I didn’t always have the means to wear there hottest or newest things; That’s where my creativity kicked in. From Junior High to High school I began to learn different ways to look “fly” on a budget.
Why the bag?
I did a lot of travel blogging for a few brands and I would always have a travel bag. That’s what inspired me to create my own travel bag. Having a stylish travel bag is what takes you from stylish to “dapper”. You can be fly but adding a bag to your ensemble just takes it to an entire different level.
What are some of the places you have been? Which is your favorite?
Ibiza, Spain, Madrid, London, Paris, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, St. Vincent. Ibiza because it was the first place that I went after getting my passport and it was in Ibiza that I realized that I was going to travel for the rest of my life.
For now, it’s the travel bags, do you plan to venture out into other pieces of fashion?
Because my life will continue to be about travel anything that I will create will be for the traveler’s lifestyle. So I’m creating these pieces to fit me, but anyone who believes in this lifestyle see the significance in this bag.
What do you like most about what you do?
In the beginning of my career I would work with brands that wanted to limit my growth. I was given control but not as much as I wanted or felt that I deserved. After taking some time to think I agreed that instead of going to all these different brands and begging them to work with me, I would create my own. Now I am able to have full creative control and able to target the audience that I want to. Every time a bag is sold I use that money to purchase a plane ticket to continue my journey and every time I land I am hit with an abundance of knowledge, experiences and love. Recently I traveled to Curacao and was able to see where the first slaves were sold and I just knew that was something that I didn’t learn when I was growing up and I knew that it was something that I would have to learn myself by traveling the world and learning these experiences. That’s what you get from traveling. This is why I always encourage many young people to travel because there is a world full of knowledge out there.
Your bags are nearly $500.00. Do you have people that tell you that It’s too much? What do you say to those people?
In the same instance it’s the same deal with Apple products or cars. You could easily buy a bag that is a portion of the price but chances are you will have to replace it more frequently. The bag is 100% leather and handmade in New York. You are buying quality and style at the same time.