CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Eddie Borgo plans to use his $100,000 prize money to hire additional staff and relocate his studio to a larger space downtown.
Borgo is originally from Atlanta, and after trying out art institutes in Virginia and Denver, he landed in New York at Hunter College. After graduation, he translated his love of sculpture to the jewelry sector.
“I love modern art, and I think that, in its sculptural quality, jewelry has a similar thread.… I realized that this was something I could do on my own, with my hands, and really learn the craft,” he said.
Borgo first gained recognition within the industry after he collaborated with Phillip Lim for his spring 2009 runway show. Soon afterward, Borgo put together a “mini-collection,” which he sold to Barneys New York. The Eddie Borgo aesthetic is instantly recognizable: well-crafted jewelry with a discernible punk-rock edge.
Borgo said of the award, “I’ve always felt very confident in our abilities to expand the brand. The difference is now, with this award, it puts so many resources at our fingertips. The monetary value and the mentorship is so fantastic, to have access to this committee of amazing fashion and business professionals.… I feel a sense of community, which is really special.”
— Lauren Benet Stephenson