©2011 Atelier Roberta Cotimbo
Roberta Cotimbo was born in Puglia, the traditional home of the wedding dress, in a family with a long dress-making tradition.
She was drawn early on to tailoring techniques, studying at the Emy Institute, moving on to work with professionals in this field.
She subsequently moved to Milan where she attended the prestigious Istituto Secoli to perfect her dressmaking skills and acquire in depth knowledge of industrial techniques.
She blended the peculiarities of traditional Puglia tailoring techniques with the extreme precision of industrial pattern cutting. As soon as she graduated she began collaborating with boutiques and prestigious brands such as Antonio Riva, Carlo Pignatelli and Giovanna Sbiroli.
In 1998 she started teaching pattern-cutting at a number of Fashion Schools in Milan. Her working relationship with Burgo developed over a long period of time. She was actively involved in the organization of the end of year fashion shows as well as holding pattern cutting courses.
The deep experience she gained and the desire for the Roberta Cotimbo style to be known both nationally and internationally, drove her to open her own atelier in 2005.
From the very start she had a marked style: feminine, clean-cut, sober and elegant. She quickly built up strong contacts with the best fabric suppliers which led to a collaboration with Ratti for their annual Carnet de Mode. In following years she became a member of the Artisan’s Union in Milan, through which she took part in a number of events both in Italy and abroad. She is also actively involved in social issues and events to help fight anorexia.
In 2009 a desire to be confronted with other Italian couturiers led her to join the Academy of Tailors in Rome which boasts some of the top Italian tailors among its members.
That same year her talent was recognized by the City Council of Milan and she was awarded a prize in the “Young Master Tailors” competition.
In 2011 her atelier moved from its historical premises in via Dall’Ongaro. She renewed her image, opening up to a clientele of younger women who nonetheless are receptive to a unique, made-to-measure article of clothing.