What’s in­spir­ing de­signer Este­ban Cortázar this sea­son.

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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

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