Christopher John Rogers On Sundays
Christopher John Rogers is a fashion designer based in New York. His vibrant, unapologetic designs have quickly become top-of-mind pulls for industry stylists–you may have seen his pieces gracing new wave R&B darling, SZA or rap princess Cardi B just to name a few. Fresh on the heels of the release of his second collection, we think it’s fair to argue that CJR is no longer an up and comer—he has fully arrived.
What do you love the most in the world? My mother.
How do you define passion? A relentless reconciliation with the thing you're passionate about, and trying to be human. You should be so thirsty and enthralled and obsessed with the thing that you actually have to force yourself to think about other things. At least that's how I am with the work that I'm trying to produce.
Who is the first person you call with good news? Usually my business partner, David, or my mother. I'm a momma's boy.
What is one quote that has changed your life? Be kind.
How would you describe your personal style? 16 going on 60 / geriatric toddler, fending for himself, with a hankering for a midcentury graphic print (stripes preferred).
How would you describe the CJR style? Pragmatic glamour / assertive femininity.
If you had the power to instantly change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be? Its unequal playing field and inclination towards the discriminatory. I definitely feel that there should be more opportunities for women and people of color to narrate their own stories to the same level / with the same quality as their white and male counterparts. I feel that there's been spike in inclusive opportunities lately, but there's still tons more work that needs to be done.
What makes you feel sexy? Covering up.
"I definitely feel that there should be more opportunities for women and people of color to narrate their own stories to the same level"
- Christopher John ROgers
What is your favorite love song and why? Oh, gosh! There are way too many songs by Patti LaBelle, Tamia, and Earth, Wind, and Fire to name, but I guess I'll go with Stay the Night by Mariah Carey. Everything she sings just makes me feel amazing.
What do you admire most about yourself? The hard work that I put into achieving the things that I strive for.
How do you practice self care? I don't practice it nearly enough, but taking time to sleep in or get a nice, fresh haircut are my favorite ways to give some love back to myself.
What do you want the world to know about you? That I don't want the world to know everything. A lil' mystery is cute!
What does the perfect Sunday look like to you? The perfect Sunday would be waking up with the sun, grabbing a nice coffee, luxuriating in the pleasures of getting ready for the day, and maybe heading to the park to hang with friends and chill. I really love laughing, so there'd be plenty of that -- ideally in the spring (not too warm, not too chilly).
If you were an item of clothing, you would be a well-cut pair of high-waisted trousers.
If you were a song, you would be anything New French House, preferably covered by Mariah Carey.
If you were a scent, you would be Spanish Veil by Edward Bess, By The Fireside by Margiela, or anything musky, smoky, or woody (with some sweetness up top).
If you were an animal, you would be a macaw.
If you were a drink, you would be something sweet with a high alcohol content.
If you were a color, you would be fuchsia.
If you were a day of the week, you would be Thursday.