Esteban Cortázar was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Miami, Florida. Now the designer is based in Paris. Cortázar studied fashion design at Design & Architecture Senior High in Miami’s Design District, graduating in 2004.

In December 2007, Cortázar was appointed Head Designer at Emanuel Ungaro where he worked until 2009. Relaunching his business in 2012 and marking his tenth year showing in Paris, the designer weaves in nods to his Anglo-French heritage and other influences, using colors and cuts in a unique way. The clothes are feminine but for a strong woman who owns herself.