Born in Trieste, Renato Balestra comes from a family of architects and engineers. He began his studies for a degree in civil engineering. However, even from the earliest days of his youth, he has devoted much of his time to artistic activities, including painting and music. Though his spark for fashion ignited during the final year of his studies when he created a design in response to a wager between friends. Unknown to him, the result was sent to Milan and, to his surprise, he was invited to participate in the creation of a collection for fashion shows. It can be fairly said that fashion chose Renato Balestra, rather than Renato Balestra choosing fashion.
The move from Milan to Rome came soon after. From Via Sistina, where the Balestra shop had its headquarters, he began his rise to international fame, with the development and creation of a series of activities. During his career, Renato Balestra has been invited to showcase his collections around the world, gaining enormous international success.
At present, Renato Balestra designs and markets approximately thirty different ranges that include Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections, a complete line of menswear and a wide range of accessories.