By  on April 9, 2012

The young man in the now-signature fedora recalls the day he realized there are two Eddie Borgos. He was in Paris, showing his fall 2011 collection in a beautiful apartment, its grand exteriors and views of the Palais Royal in lovely contrast to the youthful modernity of the interior renovation. The space made for quite an upgrade from that of his first trip, a scant three years prior. Then, he and his best friend, Jamie Rosenthal, shared a room in the Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants, “the equivalent of an American Holiday Inn, only smaller,” he says. They rose early each day to straighten up and make the bed, spread the jewelry out and then take appointments. Borgo characterizes that trip as “successful, but stressful.”

The later trip felt far more professional, buoyed by a sense of arrival. “To be there in that apartment, to see editors and buyers from all over the world and to know that there is global recognition on that scale — that’s when it started to feel like a brand,” Borgo pinpoints. “We were selling, expanding the sales, there were stores we thought would never come to see the collection.”

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