Coinciding with the niche bag brand’s fifth birthday, Corto Moltedo’s Gabrielecorto Moltedo recently opened his first Paris boutique, sandwiched between the Shiseido and Pierre Hardy stores in Palais Royal.
The 31-year-old son of Bottega Veneta founders Laura and Vittorio Moltedo designed the space himself, transforming wooden art crates into merchandising units, and using the same pale plywood to line an area dedicated to showcasing the line’s archive of “Susan” minaudières, which will be available for custom order in the store. Other unique touches include a Seventies-era jukebox the designer picked up in Florence and a school of painted fish moving across the store’s ceiling — crafted from paintbrush handles — courtesy of artist Federico Uribe. Moltedo says he plans to rotate art installations in the store and its windows.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"