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September 5, 2011

Punk Rocks! Eddie Borgo

Punk and Posh Collide in this Atlanta Native’s Edgy Jewelry Collection

By Nancy Staab

Meet Atlanta’s most under-the-radar new fashion sensation: Eddie Borgo. He may have a low profile here in town but in the fashion firmament, he’s climbed rather rapidly, racking up an impressive array of high fashion spreads in Vogue’s US, Paris and UK editions; T Style Magazine and W. Borgo also bagged the prestigious CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2011 (fellow nominees included Pamela Love, Alejandro Ingelmo and Jason Wu)

Eddie Borgo with model Eddie Borgo with model

He may not be a household name yet, but Eddie Borgo has collaborated with top-notch stylists like Camilla Nickerson and created custom jewelry for designers such Phillip Lim, Marchesa, Joseph Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler. In 2009 he debuted his namesake jewelry collection at Barney’s New York, Colette in Paris, Liberty of London and Joyce in Hong Kong. Locally, his singular pieces can be found at Jeffrey Atlanta boutique. “Eddie Borgo’s jewelry is the perfect mix of edge and glamour,” says Jeffrey New York’s associate buyer Philip Manghisi. “We love his cone stud pieces and think that his use of crystal pavé make his jewelry super cool for daytime and elegant enough for evening.”  Want to blend into the woodwork and look proper? Well, then, Borgo is definitely not your bag baby! Daring stylistas such as Diane Kruger and Rihanna have rocked his anarchic wares.

Call him the Sid Vicious of the costume jewelry set. Borgo has never met a spike, stud, razor or chain he doesn’t like.

But rather than peddle his spikes, studs and razor adornments to the punk crowd, Borgo (a former clothing designer, stylist and display artist)  painstakingly crafts them in faceted crystals and semi-precious metals, threading chain mail with delicate tulle or adorning his heavy metal with wispy feathers for the uptown crowd. The result:  gorgeous pieces of tough-chic armor for the fierce urban warrior and rebel socialite.

Pave Hinged Plate Ring Pave Hinged Plate Ring

These pieces are definitely glam-rock and forcefully feminine. Think:  gold spiked statement necklaces, fetish cuffs adorned with padlocks and piercing rings, glittering pavé-set cone bracelets, and armadillo-like rock crystal pendants. Lately Borgo has added petrified wood, rose gold, ruby and sapphire glass, pearls and, for the blokes, black onyx to his repertoire. Up next?  A precious jewelry collection.

Iconic Rolling Stones imagery from the ‘70s, modern sculpture, the pure forms of geometry, Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, even Islamic mosaics have influenced Borgo’s craft. Growing up with parents besotted by ’70s rock and a black cat names Sabbath (get it?), Borgo’s design trajectory was perhaps inevitable. After stints at the Atlanta Costume Institute and various art schools, Borgo found his niche in New York City’s accessories world.  Sure, Borgo may have mixed with a heady downtown crowd at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards this past fall, including Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga, Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola, Kanye West, Daphne Guiness and Alexander Wang, but he hasn’t lost his Southern roots altogether. In fact, his date for his first CFDA nomination was his proud Atlanta-based mother! Borgo’s latest project: an economically-priced, CFDA-supported, capsule collection of jewelry for J. Crew which debuted in July and sold out almost immediately.

For more information visit Borgo’s jewelry can be found at Jeffrey boutique, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and exclusively online at Net-a-Porter.

Pave Padlock Bracelet Pave Padlock Bracelet