Christopher John Rogers 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 anime and the works of Gaugin. His introduction to design was creating costumes for his comic book characters: He would use random 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 shaped his design process. He spent many Sundays in the pews of a Baptist church in awe of the attention to detail that went into monochromatically coordinated silk wool ensembles, complete with feathered hats, stockings, and gloves, that led him to the decision to be a fashion designer.
Chris 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, including Cardi B wearing the "Eddie Fox, Mink, and Ostrich Intarsia fur coat to the BET Hip Hop Awards. Since then the brand has received placements in Vogue, Elle, and WWD, along with prominent celebrity placements on Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Union, Tessa Thompson, and Lizzo.
The Christopher John Rogers brand exists to create emotional and sensitive clothing with a focus on occasion dressing, directed towards a client with a strong sense of self, delivering clothing with an emphasis on American manufacturing and timeless appeal while encouraging our customer to take up space.