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Corto Moltedo may have bags in the blood, but it’s music that gets it flowing. The scion of the Bottega Veneta clan launched his eponymous handbag brand five years ago, and in recent seasons, fans may have detected a musical theme emerging—this Spring, for example, Moltedo introduced the much-photographed “Cassette” bags, large and small clutches clasped with a piece of hardware that looks like an old cassette tape. And now he’s named his Fall collection after Daft Punk. “I’m not sure why Daft Punk, because the bags are actually very rock,” explains Moltedo of his new collection, on view this week at his boutique in the Palais Royal. “Black, lots of black, some glitter in the finishes, leopard prints…”I don’t know,” he concludes. “I guess Daft Punk does use guitars.” Although Moltedo will be continuing to offer his “Cassette” styles—after all, he notes, why stop a good thing in its (er) tracks?—the Daft Punk’s signature clasp is a bit more abstracted: mélanges of crystal, Plexi, and stone that Moltedo describes as having a “kryptonite feel.” But that’s one fantastic element in a collection that the designer says was primarily inspired by his late encounters with reality. “I opened the boutique in January,” he notes, “and it’s really changed my whole approach to creating a collection. Before, I was designing for an imaginary woman. Now, I get to see my shoppers walking down the street.” And apparently, they rock.
The Galerie de Valois was hopping last night, what with the presentation of Anne Valérie Hash at the south end, Stella McCartney just up the way, and a few steps further: the unveiling of the first Corto Moltedo boutique with the full collection from Gabrielecorto Moltedo (known simply as Gabe to friends). Vintage doyen Didier Ludot stopped by to welcome his new neighbor; and fashionable friends Inès de la Fressange, Alexis Mabille, and André also popped in. “I’ve always wanted to be here,” the 31-year-old designer said. “Here, you find only specialists who do vintage, gloves, or glasses and that is what I am all about.” Inside, spare displays are made of repurposed shipping crates and a jukebox features Italian oldies with the odd entry by Kiss or the Bee Gees. Colorful clutches decorate the wall to the right but aren’t for sale: They are the house’s archives, a sampling of Moltedo’s custom creations. These start at €750, or $983, but other styles, such as a hot pink laptop case with a stitched motif and the gold C-star logo, is priced more accessibly at €250 ($327). “We only work with special materials, at my factory in Florence,” noted Moltedo. “I’m just happy to keep it small, to just be here and do my thing. The days of the It bag are over—where’s the money? Now, it’s all about value.”
146 Galerie de Valois, Paris 75001; www.corto.com