Bruno Cortes

“Simply because I would forget about myself sometimes, I had to learn to spend more time with Bruno and make the most of it.”

– Bruno Cortes, creative director

What’s your story?
I was born and lived in Porto, Portugal until graduating from high school and moving to Lisbon to study film and creative direction. Afterwords I went to London to keep studying and got a job at Abercrombie & Fitch where I was scouted by a modelling agency. Although I have lived in different countries so far, Lisbon was always my base as a place anyone can relate to and have a nice lifestyle. Along the way, I also started to work as a freelance creative director and doing some freelance photography. Lately I spend most of my time between Milan and Lisbon working as a creative director, collaborating with artists, magazines and doing projects for my clients.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?
Possibly my mum. With a unique sense of style and a vision that has helped me build reality based on my wildest dreams, she’s such an icon in so many ways and I find her pretty special. Thanks mamma.

What is the best decision you’ve ever made?
Putting myself first. Simply because I would forget about myself sometimes, I had to learn to spend more time with Bruno and make the most of it.

How would your best friend describe you?
You would have to ask them.

How do you stay current?
I get a lot of inspiration from watching movies and looking at the characters’ styling so I always have different moods to look for and get inspired. Also airports are a major influence. I love to observe all those strangers moving around with different stories, backgrounds and destinies.

Where do you shop?
Nowhere in particular. If I see something nice and can afford it, I buy it. I often mix sports brands with more classy ones. Lately I went to COS, Adolfo Dominguez and Adidas.

What’s the best style advice you’ve ever heard?
Keep it basic, son.

What’s your favourite fragrance?
Smoke for the Soul By Kilian.

Favourite restaurant?
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, Milan.

What are top three songs on your playlist at the moment?
By The Sea Soundtrack, Perfeito Quadrado by Balla and Simmer Down by Elderbrook.

Who should we follow on Instagram?
At Large Magazine and Saatchi Gallery.

Was 2015 a good year for you?
To be honest, no. It wasn’t that good but that’s life. Since I’m still young and learning, it helps me to understand who I want to be and how I want to succeed. 2016 will be the year to make things happen.

Bruno Cortes Photo

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Images: Bruno Cortes

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