Christopher was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Encouraged to pursue the arts from a young age, Christopher was enrolled in fine arts classes and obsessed equally over Japanese anime and the works of Gaugin and Ellsworth Kelly.
His introduction to design came through creating costumes for his comic book characters; he would use found fabric or garbage bags, draping them onto a form — whatever he could do to make his vision come to life. It was this innate sense of experimentation that initially shaped his design process. He spent many Sundays in the pews of a Southern Baptist church in awe of the attention to detail that went into monochromatically coordinated ensembles, complete with feathered hats, stockings, and gloves. Both of these experiences cemented in him a firm decision to pursue fashion design as a career.
Christopher attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where the CJR brand was launched with his senior thesis collection. Upon graduation, the collection received major press and editorial placements, including Cardi B wearing the ‘Eddie’ coat to a major award ceremony. Since then, the brand has received international placements in Vogue, WWD, T Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, along with prominent celebrity placements on Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Beyonce, Adele, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Lil Nas X, Gwyneth Paltrow and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others.
In 2019, Christopher was awarded the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund’s top prize, as well as named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30. In 2020, Christopher was awarded by the CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year. in 2021, the brand was selected as one of the 9 finalists in the LVMH Prize competition and awarded American Womenswear Designer of the Year by the CFDA.
Today the brand is sold with select retail partners including Alara in Lagos, Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Browns in London, Joyce in Hong Kong, McMullen in Oakland, CA, Net-A-Porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue.