Cotey Bertone was born and raised in the creative capital: Providence, RI. It wasn’t until 2014 when he moved to Boston to attend college and work towards his degree in business in fashion merchandising with a concentration in design. Currently in his senior year at Bay State College, Bertone had developed a minimal and clean cut aesthetic and is known best for his pleating techniques and utilitarian designs. For this collection Bertone pulls inspiration from his Native American roots, architecture and uses the “queer struggle” as a story line. After working closely with mentor and Boston’s Best awarded handbag designer, Gina deWolfe he has adopted leather crafting techniques and introduces handmade leather accessories in this collection as well. Bertone designs for a woman with an uptown mentality yet has downtown style.