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Designer Diary: Eddie Borgo’s Postcard from Brazil

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Dairy InstertAfter showing his pre-fall ’13 collection in Paris, New York-based jewelry designer Eddie Borgo jetted down to Brazil to source semiprecious stones, do a photo shoot, get a little inspiration, and soak up some sunshine. Borgo sent us back a few snaps from his Brazilian adventure. Read all about it, below.


Once I landed in Rio (see the view from the plane, above left), I headed to my hotel, which overlooked Ipanema Beach. After coming from Paris (where the temperature was near freezing), I was excited to see that the weather report was a sunny 91 degrees!

When I woke up on my first day, I went to Tijuca National Park and took a wonderful hike above the city of Paineiras. The views of Rio are indescribable.

I visited the H.Stern workshop and spent an afternoon looking through their unbelievable archives. It was so inspiring to see such unique craftsmanship and history. I then had lunch and incredible conversation with Costanza Pascolato, editor at large at Vogue Brazil. Afterward, I took a shopping tour of NK, a great luxury boutique in Rio owned by Natalie Klein.

Dinner at Copacabana Palace—a place I had long wanted to visit!

I traveled to Mosteiro de São Bento, a colonial church built in the 1600s. The interior was impressive. The visit was followed by a photo shoot with photographer Yuri Sardenberg for Vogue Brazil. Finally, I was able to settle down and have dinner and drinks with the magazine’s editor in chief, Daniela Falcão, at the Fasano Hotel.

My last day in Rio fast approached, and I had a bit of free time to go lie in the sun before taking an afternoon trip on the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain.


I finally landed back in NYC, to an unexpected present from H.Stern president Roberto Stern: an H.Stern crystal hourglass filled with Brazilian Sand.

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