In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top beauty and style influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers.
This week, Clara speaks with cashmere designer Christopher Fischer, who has been a key player in the industry for over 30 years.
His designs are known globally by fashion and business insiders and he is known as one of the true “Kings of Cashmere.”
Sought out by celebrities, socialites, and even royalty, his clientele includes such notable figures as Alec Baldwin, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, David Beckham, and Emma Watson. Always keeping such influences as the Hamptons lifestyle and a base of British design in mind, Christopher Fischer is influenced by local and global fashion trends observed on his frequent travels.
The Christopher Fischer Collection is available in leading stores throughout the world as well as his own boutiques in Southampton, NY and on New York’s Madison Avenue.
For more information on Christopher Fischer, visit: www.christopherfischer.com
1. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?
As much as I disagree with everything he is saying, I think one of the most interesting people of the moment must be Donald Trump. With all the controversy, it is amazing to me that he is still out there at the front of the polls as a serious candidate for the Republican nomination, and everyone must have serious questions they would ask him about his views and vision for this country if he were to be nominated for the presidency.
2. Who influences your personal style? What about them piques your interest?
Growing up my father was always one of my strongest style influences. His suits were hand tailored from Saville Row, handmade shirts from Jermyn Street, silk ties, always Hermes or Gucci. He took great time and care in picking out the fabrics, cashmere being an obvious favorite, and his attention to the details and this early exposure to quality fabrics always made an impression on me and set my future path. Presently influences come from all over, as traveling the world you see all the variances of personal style, and a well-dressed person, whatever their style, always stands out and is noticeable.
3. What should women wear more of and why?
Cashmere …. obviously!
4. Favorite fragrance and cologne for women?
For women – YSL Paris, …. it is my wife’s favorite. For Men – Creed Erolfa, …. my favorite.
5. Proudest career moment?
Given that Christopher Fischer Cashmere is very much a small niche company, and given the tendency that many fashion companies do not have particular longevity, I think that just still being in business after 33 years and still having a passion for what I do is something to be very proud of.
6. If you weren’t a designer what would you be and why?
To be honest I do not really have an answer for this question. I suppose I am one of those lucky people that love what they do and wouldn’t change anything.
7. Best dining experience you’ve ever had?
The restaurant I always look forward going back to again and again is Fabio Picchi’s Il Cibrèo in Florence. I have been going for over 30 years since he first opened, and for me the food is sublime. Based on traditional Tuscan cooking, the ingredients are totally whatever is fresh and in season, and the flavors layered and deep. For me, Cibrèo is on a totally different level and always an amazing meal accompanied by superb Tuscan wines to match.
8. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?
For summer and the sun, traveling as much as I do, I just love to be at home at our house in East Hampton. But for summer extravagance, the South of France is always fun staying at the Cap Eden-Roc in Antibes or the Byblos in St. Tropez with our closest friends. For winter and ski, Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz is my most favorite. I learned to ski there as a child so it is always special with so many good memories.
9. Three items that can always be found in your briefcase?
iPhone, Bang & Olufsen headphones, and Cartier pen.
10. What song can you listen to on repeat?
Presently two. Moon Ride by Leon Ware and The Sea by Morcheeba. Although I am partial to listening to the amazingly great last 4-minute guitar section of Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd blasting out on the car stereo driving late at night.
Images Courtesy of Christopher Fischer