Christian Benner is a New York-based fashion designer known for his custom distressed leather jackets and band tees. His studio/ shop, Christian Benner Custom, is located at 189 Front Street, between John and Fulton.
What do you love about the Seaport/FIDI?
I love that it feels like you’re not in Manhattan anymore and that you’re in a completely different neighborhood that has its own feel. It’s very different from every other neighbood that is overcrowded. I also like the sense of community down here.
What is your favorite restaurant? What is your favorite dish there?
Cinnamon French Toast at V Bar on Front Street.
Your favorite coffee shop or bar?
What would you like to see in the neighborhood?
I’d love to see live music.
Why did you choose the Seaport for your shop?
I like that it’s a new upcoming neighborhood that has allowed me to grow with it.
My favorite song is…
“When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin
Last meal on earth?
Your favorite piece of clothing?
Can’t leave home without…
My cowboy boots.
About Christian Benner:
Christian Benner is a New York-based fashion designer known for his custom-distressed leather jackets and band tees that he produces by hand. He was initially inspired by the do-it-yourself fashion in the punk rock scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Benner used the same attitude to create his first original designs and cultivated his own unique grasp of rock and roll culture in his clothing. The records he listens to often inspire his work and his designs are treated as an artistic process similar to the creation of a painting.
His custom leather jackets and t-shirts are sought by musicians and stylists for events, concerts and editorial shoots. His designs can be seen on celebrities including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, Elle King, Jared Leto, Ellie Goulding, and Machine Gun Kelly. His designs have been featured in publications such as W Magazine, InterviewMagazine, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy Magazine, Bullett Magazine, and “The Huffington Post.” Benner is currently designing the wardrobe for Guns ‘N’ Roses on their upcoming spring tour.
Christian Benner Custom
189 Front Street
12-7pm each day, closed Sunday