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Eddie Borgo Collaborating With Tiffany & Co.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Eddie Borgo has been making quite an impressive name for himself over the past several years. In 2015, the jewelry designer launched a collaboration with target and also debuted a handbag line. Now, the designer is collaborating with iconic jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. for a capsule collection slated to debut next month for November. Borgo also has the distinction of being the winner and first recipient of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Tiffany & Co. Development Grant. The designs he has created will be available at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship, as well as on Tiffany.com.


The seven pieces Borgo crafted evoke his signature geometric classicism and architecturally graphic style, and were created under the direction of Tiffany design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof.


In partnership with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Tiffany & Co. asked designers to create a collection drawing inspiration from the irreverent style and bohemian spirit of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum. The choice of the contemporary art museum doyenne as the inspiration for the design competition celebrates the long-term partnership and commitment that Tiffany has made to sponsor the next three Whitney Biennials, the first to open in March 2017. Borgo was awarded the opportunity to work with Tiffany artisans and have his designs featured at the iconic jeweler’s flagship store.


“I wanted the collection to reflect the visionary spirit and modern style of Mrs. Vanderbilt Whitney as well as the form and drapery of the sculptures she created,” said Borgo. “Each piece brings sensuous fluidity into structured form. I balanced the bold masculine lines of gold with her beloved pearls to evoke a feminine sensibility.”


Borgo, who is know for his classical-meets-contemporary style, created standout pieces such as a collar necklace, ring, bracelet, ear cuff and pendant all in 18K yellow gold. To play up on that classic look, there are two pieces with pearls as well, namely a pearl bar pin and linear pearl drop earrings that evoke the Victorian era.


“Eddie combined his slightly edgy sensibility with a beautiful classicism and created something really new,” said Amfitheatrof. “We’ve always had a legacy of seeking out beauty and innovation, and this kind of collaboration—where we work together with designers with a really distinct point of view—results in a unique, fresh design.”


Borgo is known for challenging traditional ideas of luxury and also taking a lot of inspiration from sculpture. This collection was no different, giving a unique, fresh execution to Tiffany’s jewelry line.


In addition to being the first ever recipient of the Tiffany & Co. Development Grant, Borgo’s other honors include being awarded runner up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2010, and receiving the CFDA Swarovski Award For Innovation In Accessory Design in 2011. In 2015, The Accessories Council honored Borgo with The Evolution Award In Accessory Design.


Visit Tiffany & Co.’s website at tiffanyandco.com.


Visit Eddie Borgo’s website at eddieborgo.com.




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