Christopher Chronis

Christopher Chronis

Australian fashion designer
Country: Australia

  1. Early Life and Education
  2. Early Career
  3. Establishing his Brand
  4. Further Ventures

Early Life and Education

Christopher Chronis was born in 1961 in Melbourne, Australia. He grew up in Richmond, a suburb of inner Melbourne, where his parents, both immigrants from Greece, had settled. After completing high school, Chronis initially studied civil construction as he wanted to become an engineer. However, he dropped out of college within the first year as he realized that his true passion was the fashion industry.

Early Career

Chronis secured a sales position at 'Mr Figgins', a prominent retailer in the high-end footwear market, and was quickly promoted to a managerial role within a year, making him one of the youngest managers in the company. In 1981, Chronis joined the fashion designers Merivale and Mr John, working in the retail department of their Melbourne store. After two years, he began training under the fashion designer Demitrius, learning both the design process and clothing production.

Establishing his Brand

Chronis opened his first store on Chapel Street, a popular shopping and entertainment district in South Yarra suburb. As his business grew, he expanded to open other stores in Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. His clothing, sold under his own brand, was also stocked by other retailers, including major department stores.

Further Ventures

In 1998, Chronis launched his own fragrance called 'Christos' and also used the 'CCD' brand for several cafes and restaurants. Currently, he operates three flagship stores in Melbourne, one on Oxford Street in Sydney, one in Auckland, and another on Oxford Street in London. Chronis took on a leadership position as the head of the design department at 'Global Designer Brands' and created a luxurious evening collection for women and men called 'Playboy Icon'. He also opened 'Playboy' boutiques in Australia, New Zealand, and London, all located on Oxford Street.