Christian Benner is a New York-based fashion designer known for his custom distressed leather jackets and band tees. The records he listens to often inspire his work, and for Benner the creation of a leather jacket is an artistic process almost like the creation of a painting. He was initially inspired by the whole individual do-it-yourself fashion of the punk rock scene of the late 70s and early 80s. After seeing photographs of the era, Benner bought his first leather jacket thinking he could do it himself. He finally reached his comfort zone though trial and error.
Christian Benner’s unique grasp of rock ‘n’ roll culture makes his designs particularly sought for photo shoots, live performances and public appearances. Benner’s designs have catered to the likes of today’s top celebrities including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, Bruno Mars, 5 Seconds of Summer, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, The Rascal Flatts, Jared Leto, Brandon Boyd, Jimmy Gnecco, Taylor Momsen, Axl Rose, and Machine Gun Kelly. His designs have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine, and Billboard Magazine, among many other publications.
His downtown shop, located at 189 Front Street, now houses a collection of one of a kind D’Angelico Guitars, available for purchase for a limited time.