Ten years into the opening of his first eponymous atelier in 2004, Corto Moltedo has brought his coveted designs to the most stylish women across the globe.

Gabrielecorto Moltedo was born into a family of designers and raised as an apprentice to the trade of artisan-­crafted leather. What really drives him is the passion for creating bags of superior quality that reflect his unique take on art and life. Each piece is individually handmade in his Florentine headquarters, and they represent the outcome of a thorough process of research, styling and creation of both forms and materials.

A native of the Veneto region and New York City, Corto Moltedo's aesthetics are deeply rooted in his hybrid nature as a city ­dweller and a country­ gentleman. As a reckless globe­trotter, his sensitivity embraces all branches of artistic expression. Music, arts and style enthusiast, Corto Moltedo has truly recreated his personal relentless vision in both his designs and boutique.

Contrary to most common trends, Corto sets out his steadily developing world success as a niche. By referencing classical icons and tastes, and by peeping at contemporary underground movements, Corto relies on a quiet manner in making his bold statements of fashion. Ultimately, his vision expresses a comprehensive life­style, rather than a self-centered, ephemeral declaration of trendy coolness.

Corto’s woman is witty and cosmopolitan; she is not defined by her home country or cultural up­bringing. What empowers her is an independent spirit, a vibrant thirst for expressing her inner self through high ­fashion and a conscious choice. This is how she really goes beyond the temporary diktats of what is deemed fashionable at all costs.

His work epitomizes the throbbing pulse of globalism and artistic synergies. Without detaching from the real world, Corto keeps an attentive eye on what is popping from underneath surfaces. In merging tradition with innovation, he is environmentally conscious and remains fascinatingly grounded to the unbreakable bond between the old, the evergreen and the new.

The final result is easily conceived: Corto Moltedo’s unique, completely handmade bags are a haven of the eclectic, the dreamy conceptual and the cutting-­edge.