By  on September 5, 2008

Chances are the Far East-themed Marchesa show next week will have little in common with the 3.1 Phillip Lim outing — nor, for that matter, will either have much to do with Camilla Staerk’s presentation, an ode to fellow Dane Karen Blixen. Take a close look at their program credits, though, and one name will pop up throughout: Eddie Borgo. He has created all the jewelry, as well as that for up-and-comers Frank Tell and Jen Kao. But Borgo knows not to bite the manicured hands that feed him and, while he lets slip that the Marchesa pieces were done in collaboration with jeweler Pamela Love, he’s tight-lipped on the actual designs. At any rate, he has better things about which to dish: Borgo is also launching his own line of finery.

Priced wholesale from $90 to $600, the Eddie Borgo collection skews decidedly edgy and punk. Leather cuffs are outfitted with a miscellany of studs, while rings are shaped to look like bent nails or tiny, toothy bear-traps. “I grew up listening to the Rolling Stones,” says Borgo, 30, to explain the rocker vibe. For this, he has his parents to thank — both were music buffs. To wit, the household pet in Borgo’s Atlanta, Ga., childhood home was a cat that his mother named Sabbath (naturally, it was black).

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