He started to work at the age of 14 as an apprentice to a leather goods manufacturer, and his love for the craft directed his future.
After gaining experience working for Italian Design firms for several years, in 1999 Roberto created his first "Roberto Mantellassi" pieces.
From the heart of Tuscany and literally in the middle of his own vineyard, where his small factory is located, Roberto and his band of elite Artisans handcraft each article.On any day of the week, and late into the night, you will find him working in "suit and tie"– and an apron – alongside his craftsmen. He breaks for a giant lunch of pasta and family wine offered up by "Mama Maria."
Roberto is a conservative designer, and his suit and tie mentality takes a "downtown" trend to an "uptown" art. His trademark new collection combines the finest of exotic skins, leathers, and Swarovski crystals for a fresh unique look. Hip, elegant, and stylish for any age, his pieces are sophisticated enough to please the keenest eye – and all without the overbearing price tag.
Roberto believes the touch of an exquisite Italian leather bracelet or belt will make any woman feel beautiful. This is his art. This is his magic.