What’s inspiring designer Esteban Cortázar this season.
With his line now carried at Holt Renfrew, Esteban Cortázar brings his Colombian-French sensibility
to the Canadian market. FASHION MEMORIES “When I was 10 years old, I moved to South Beach from Colombia, and all the big photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Bruce Weber were shooting campaigns with supermodels. Other kids were playing while I was trying to see
these shoots on the beach.” BEST ADVICE “I’m very fortunate that I have parents who let me kind of be whatever I wanted to be at a very early age. They always told me ‘There are no mistakes; just keep pushing yourself and
being creative—just keep going.’” GLOBAL INFLUENCE “I’m inspired by the places I’ve lived in throughout my life: Miami, Colombia, New York, Paris. The fall/winter 2015 collection is a mixture of my Latin sensuality
and Parisian sophistication.” CLIENT LOVE “A person in Toronto can fall in love with the same dress as a woman from Bogotá or Hong Kong; they’re all completely different women, with different desires and personalities, but they love the same dress. You’re always taught you have to define who your customer is, but I think that this has changed. The customer is universal.” n