Jewelry designer Eddie Borgo arrives in Houston for a personal appearance at Tootsies tomorrow, following a trunk show that begins today. Long fans of the dapper designer’s downtown aesthetic, we couldn’t wait to get the scoop on what he’s been up to and he kindly obliged to answer a few questions pre-appearance. If you’d like to visit with Eddie too, stop by Tootsies on Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM.
The color field movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s was the inspiration behind our holiday collection. I studied the works of abstract painter Kenneth Noland and his predecessor Josef Albers; exploring the many ways we could incorporate bright primary colors into the collection. This resulted in a chromatic assortment of vivid enamel inlays, bright cz stones, technicolor hand-cut gemstones and sparkling pave crystal.
YOU ARE KNOWN FOR CHALLENGING THE ORDINARY IDEA OF LUXURY WITH YOUR IMPLEMENTATION OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE. WHEN LAUNCHING A NEW COLLECTION, WHERE DO YOU GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION?
I love to visit the New York Picture Library. It has a vast catalog of imagery that tracks the visual history of New York through the decades.
I am also most inspired by modern art and architecture. My favorite artists include Tony Smith, Sol Lewitt, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Richard Serra. I look to their work for inspiration.
I am most proud of our signature cone bracelet; there is a simplicity and intricacy to the craftsmanship and design that I admire.
YOU’VE DESIGNED JEWELRY FOR THE MARCHESA, ALTUZZARA AND PROENZA SCHOULER RUNWAY. TO-DATE, WHO HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PERSON YOU’VE DESIGN FOR?
Each experience has been uniquely rewarding and enriching – I cannot say one was more so than another.
SINCE YOUR LAUNCH IN 2009, YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH. WHAT’S NEXT?
We have steadily and thoughtfully grown the business since the company’s inception, increasing distribution channels and expanding into new product categories. We are approaching a few exciting launches for 2015.
THREE THINGS YOU’RE CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?
Motown. The work of Robert Mapplethorpe. 3D Printing Technology.
WHAT’S ONE THING NO ONE WOULD EVER GUESS ABOUT YOU?
I am a relentless book collector.
FAVORITE PAST TIME?
Reading. (How fitting!)