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May 2014 - Houston

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Donald Judd's 15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-1984, Chinati Foundation, Marfa Robert Mapplethorpe's Tulip, 1985 MAY | PAGE 20 | 2014 AS AN ART HISTORY BUFF, YOU HAVE NOTED HOW CLANS AND TRIBES WERE IDENTIFIED BY JEWELRY. WHAT DOES YOUR JEWELRY TELL US ABOUT YOUR TRIBE? In my studio, we constantly try to capture the energy specific to the heritage of different movements and subcultures in NYC: referencing the ways in which jewelry, adornment and hardware distinguish a place that represents youth, rebellion and change. THREE THINGS THAT FASCINATE YOU. Bill Willis, Ettore Sottsass, Donald Judd. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE IN FUTURE COLLECTIONS? Rubber, concrete, diamonds. FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEXAS. The people. Everyone is so charming and stylish. Jerry Hall is my favorite Texan. WHAT LADY DO YOU DREAM OF WEARING YOUR JEWELRY? Edie Sedgwick. CURRENTLY READING OR LISTENING TO… Listening to Lou Reed's Transformer. Reading Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up by Bob Colacello. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE CONSIDER WHEN BUYING JEWELRY? Women today under- stand that jewelry helps define your look without taking it over. I love to see women choosing modern jewelry that speaks to them; layering pieces that make sense together; and wearing costume jewelry alongside fine jewelry. HOW IS DESIGNING FOR MEN DIFFERENT? I am constantly looking at male icons in my research: Mick Jagger, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Bowie, Keith Richards and Iggy Pop. The men's jewelry market is changing. A few brands had cornered the men's jewelry market, and those shapes and finishes are no longer looking modern. Men are looking for classic everyday pieces that are well designed: a simple pendant in a new shape, a modern signet ring or a classic ID bracelet with an interesting closure. My men's collection is a new interpretation of those steadfast ideas. I'M OBSESSED WITH YOUR JEWELRY BOXES. WHAT'S NEXT? We have had such an incredible response, we literally cannot keep them in stock. We're developing a small leather goods collection and exploring a formal brand extension into fine jewelry. It's an incredibly exciting time for the company. FAVORITE RESTAURANT AND SUMMER DESTINATION. Cafe Cluny in New York, summer destination Patmos. CURRENTLY COLLECTING. Literature on Robert Mapplethorpe. WARDROBE ESSENTIAL: SOURCE OF YOUR HATS AND TRADEMARK WHITE TEES? My hats are made at Worth & Worth in NYC. My T-shirts are mostly vintage. TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW COLLECTIONS AND INSPIRATION. My spring/summer collection is a study in the symbols we most associate with power. I was inspired by graphic military insignias, awards, decorations, medallions and hardware. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection commemorates the spirit of Morocco, offering a modern, graphic interpretation of the shapes, textures and patterns signature to a mythical country. I was most inspired by the prolific interior decorator Bill Willis and the colors and textures referenced in his work. ENAMORED CULTIVATED, COSMOPOLITAN AND UTTERLY COOL, MULTIFACETED NEW YORK-BASED JEWELRY DESIGNER EDDIE BORGO LETS US IN ON HIS REMARKABLE ASCENSION AND THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS HE'S CURRENTLY THINKING ABOUT. MEGAN PRUITT WINDER AND SETH VAUGHAN EDDIE with Eddie Borgo Jerry Hall Edie Sedgwick Ettore Sottsass' Carlton, 1981 Bill Willis Moroccan interior, circa 1970 HAPPINESS IS… "HARDER THAN YOU THOUGHT… BUT IT ALWAYS COMES THROUGH IN THE END." Eddie Borgo available at Neiman Marcus Jacket hand chain, $750 Cone ring, $300 Eddie Borgo Challenge blade cuff, $759 Men's spiked flip latch bracelet, $400 Jewelry trunks, $2,000 each

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