AW: Chris, you entered the fashion industry at the young age of 17. How was that navigating between your teenage years and your career?
CK: I often look back and think that I traded my teenage years for my career. I was traveling and working while my friends were in school or hanging out at our local spots.
AW: Our sixteenth issue explores nostalgia and teenage angst. What advice would you give to your seventeen-year-old self-attending Paris Fashion Week?
CK: I would tell myself, at seventeen, to be seventeen. Looking back, I’m not sure you needed to be in showrooms and runways in Paris at that age. I have kids of my own now, and I like the idea of them being two when they are two and being ten when they are ten. There’s plenty of time for the rest.
AW: Can you share some actions that you’ve taken as the menswear buying director in regard to keeping the fashion industry as sustainable as possible?
CK: We really try and buy less. We work with 100 brands, as opposed to 500 or more. Our model is to buy less, sell and ship less. The higher value of our transactions is where the big revenue numbers we post come from. We could buy, sell and transport twenty thousand £100 T-shirts a year, but we do not.
AW: Your career over the last couple of years seemed to be focused more on streetwear. Would you say that’s translated through your cultivation for Mytheresa?CK: I opened my first sneaker store in 2012. Prior to that, I was selling Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane exclusively in Australia from 2001-2008. To me, Dior was streetwear. Low-slung Made-in-Japan denim, thousand-pound luxury sweatshirts, and trainers. Then came Riccardo at Givenchy, and the print game started; it was always all that we call streetwear. When luxury “streetwear” outgrew its niche, it was time to move on, and that’s when the Mytheresa project became interesting to me.
AW: What are your top sneaker picks for this season?
CK: My own personal? That’s not interesting for anyone. I wear things like Brooks running shoes! I’m looking forward to what NIGO is working on at KENZO; I think what comes next there is going to be very exciting in footwear.