Maybe you’ve already heard about Esteban Cortazar, maybe you haven’t, but if you like to witness a designer blossom through the next chapter of their career, then you should move Mr Cortazar to the top of your watch list.

Born in Bogotá, Columbia, I first met Esteban Cortazar back in 2002 during my time working for Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami, he visited the office to be featured as a young, emerging designer from Miami at the mere age of 18—when he started his eponymous collection.  By 2007, at the age of 23, Cortazar was offered an amazing opportunity and placed his collection on hold and moved to Paris to take the helm at the House of Ungaro.

Lets just simply say that Cortazar has design integrity—which may of been his downfall at Ungaro, he was let go as Head of Design after he refused to work with Lindsay Lohan—who was hired as an artistic consultant. Who can blame him? Smart choice if you ask me: badly-behaved celebrity vs. luxury integrity—which would you choose? Cortazar should be revered for his reluctance to succumb to the impetuous notions of a flighty thespian, but all in good time, I believe he will have his moment soon enough.


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