Corto Moltedo Is Coming to Japan

By Chanyn Kirtman
December 5, 2014

Luxury accessories brand Corto Moltedo held a trunk show in Tokyo last month and Savvy was there to get the details on this fast growing handbag line and a sneak peak at this season’s “ode to freedom” collection.

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Designer and owner Gabrielecorto Moltedo is no rookie to the art of creating superior quality products. His parents, Laura and Vittorio Moltedo, are the founders of Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta, and he was raised as an apprentice in artisan-craft leather. All Corto Moltedo bags are handmade in the same family factory in Florence, Italy and Moltedo prides himself on his hands-on approach throughout the entirety of the design and manufacturing process.

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There’s no question as to why Corto Moltedo bags are seen on the most fashionable and stylish women across the globe, such as Madonna and Priscilla Presley. Contrary to other fashion labels, Gabrielecorto Moltedo has taken a quirky approach to luxury handbags, marrying superior quality with edgy, artistic expression. Raised in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Moltedo uses his city dwelling roots, enthusiasm for music, and admiration for figurative arts as inspiration for his collections.

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“Lady Liberty” is the title of Corto Moltedo’s fall 2014 collection. The color palette is comprised of olive green, rose-gold, bronze, and sky blue, hues which were inspired by New York City in the autumn. The collection’s theme of duplicity features clever fastenings and detailing, allowing each bag to morph into a different design. Standout bags such as the Liberty and the Hudson are offered in exotic skins such as python and calf. The collection has a variety of styles such as messenger, shoulder and tote bags all encompassing Corto Moltedo trademarks such as many pockets and an inside mirror. The brand’s staple evening clutch, the Susan, was inspired by Moltedo’s love for music, with one featuring singer Grace Jones and others reminiscent of disco with an art deco effect.

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Corto Moltedo currently has three large storefronts in Paris, Milan and Jakarta. The brand will begin selling wholesale in Japan in early 2015. Currently the bags are sold online at and can also be purchased at Tokyo trunk shows for VIP shoppers.


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