I Have Blood on My Hands

I Have Blood on My Hands

It's all shift a-go-go for accessories designer Borba Margo whose structurally-impacting bags and belts have always been distinctive.  That said, the duo Borba DaSilva and Jessika Margo are not about to rest on their leather laurels as they have upped their game by moving their production to Italy where the quality can be upped a further notch.  With this change, is it weird that I detect a newfound sensuality and luxurious vigour in their new A/W 10-11 collection?  First things first, Borba Margo have collaborated with digital print artist Ricardo Matos to dissect 15th century stained glass windows and extract a silkscreen print.  This print then shows up on bags, belts, tassels and gloves as shapes that can be interpreted as animal prints, paint splatters or how I see it; fake blood.  Horror b-movies come to mind with the almost ketchup-like splatters of red that on the gloves especially look blood-like and I mean that in the most luxurious way possible.

Secondly, even the way that Borba Margo have employed flocking, subtly contrasting subdued shades of navy and burgandy and added embellishments like tassels all seem to soften the edge on their previously 'hard' aesthetic.  There's something in the collection recipe that has enriched the their work immensely and perhaps along with this aesthetic shift and factory change-up, heralds a new stage in Borba Margo's label timeline.  Suffice to say, I'm after as many fake blood splatters as possible… I want blood hanging off my shoulders on tassels, on a U-shaped bag that might contain something lethal and definitely on the gloves that would prompt me to make goulish evil laughs whenever I have them on…


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  1. katie

    2010-04-25 at 9:57 PM

    Yes some of these items look like the blood splatters of some terrible misfortune.. yet the tassles seem to justify them entirely… who knows.
    I need the tassled strap segment bag or tassle clutch… i’ll pass on the long gloves… just a bit close to the bone for now…. ( non pun intended!) katie

  2. Laura

    2010-04-25 at 9:58 PM

    the gloves remind me of slaughter houses gloves :/
    great designs on the bags though. 🙂

  3. Joel

    2010-04-25 at 10:01 PM

    Oh how these bags remind me of the Kenzo fringe tassel series! Like this one on eBay:

  4. Clare

    2010-04-25 at 10:29 PM

    I adore these, they look amazing, especially love the belts. Glad you’re home and safe!

  5. carla

    2010-04-25 at 10:30 PM
  6. moi

    2010-04-25 at 10:36 PM

    I still have my B&M belt… from when they did mens gear… it’s not a patent womens jobby…boasting all these iridescent blushes everywhere….thank fuck. As much as I’d love to look like a thailando-ghetto-superstar…’cause baby that’s what you are…comin’ from afar…reachin’ for the stars…run away with me…to another place…we can rely on each other…uh uhhhh…from one corner to another…’ yeeeeeee, old-skool…

  7. Krystal

    2010-04-25 at 11:02 PM

    Of course I remember meeting you! I think it was at Gen Art…anyhow, I’m so glad you found me–and glad you liked the site! Of course I adore yours xx

  8. Sophia

    2010-04-25 at 11:44 PM

    Tassels and a bloody print, amazing! I love picture number 3 <3

  9. Linda

    2010-04-26 at 1:26 AM

    These are so crazy!!!!
    I adore them!!

  10. Alexandra

    2010-04-26 at 2:54 AM

    it will be interesting to see how this look morphs as it filters down to the mainstream into department stores.

  11. diamondsinchampagne

    2010-04-26 at 3:34 AM

    That bag with all the tassels is like a dream come true… how I adore tassels. Those belts are great too.

  12. kate rose

    2010-04-26 at 5:01 AM

    I really love how the tassels fall on that first bag
    and the way the leather of the belt looks decayed but is re-enforced by the hardware YAY tassels are SO much fun

  13. Mauri

    2010-04-26 at 5:09 AM

    did you arrive home finally?
    I got an earlier flight at thursday..arrived home friday in the afternoon

  14. Die Konigin Der Herzen

    2010-04-26 at 5:15 AM

    Excellent pieces — I wouldn’t mind adding a few of the belts and clutches to my personal collection : )
    Well after this, I should think nothing of falling down stairs.

  15. melissa

    2010-04-26 at 8:16 AM

    Love the gloves soooo much!

  16. Lucy

    2010-04-26 at 9:40 AM

    thank you so very much for expressing your love for my new Peter Jensen T, how sad that you didn’t make it! Booo, always next season but yes, DSM, Thank you soo much for the tip-off!
    Lucy x

  17. Gem Fatale

    2010-04-26 at 9:44 AM

    Wow, I absolutely love this stuff! Thanks for posting, for a fashion student I’m considerably out-of-the-loop on developments such as this… I regularly thank the lord that you exist!
    That clutch bag is so gorgeous. And I never like clutch bags (I always think they are a recipe for disaster. I’d just leave it somewhere!).
    Thanks for your comment, Ms Bubble. The vintage stalls are happening the next 2 Saturdays, I’m aiming to be at the second one (can’t get the next Saturday off work). You should come for a rummage!

  18. WalkTheSand

    2010-04-26 at 10:05 AM

    Those multi tassel straps are genius. Not a huge fan of the gloves, but the bags and belts are A*. The stained glass reference is really interesting… and who doesn’t love a bit of flocking…

  19. Leonidas

    2010-04-26 at 12:05 PM
  20. Chloe

    2010-04-26 at 2:38 PM

    these pieces are amazing..thanks for posting!!

  21. Vanilla Cardamom

    2010-04-26 at 3:52 PM

    those gloves are incredible!

  22. The Clothes Horse

    2010-04-27 at 5:02 AM

    Those faux blood splatters are amazing. I think I like them especially on the tassles, it’s a cool contrast/additional detail. And oh-so-tongue-in-cheek.

  23. Alicia

    2010-04-27 at 8:35 AM

    All I can think of looking at these is OJ Simpson. LOL.

  24. emily

    2010-04-27 at 12:23 PM

    awesome belts! loveeeeeee

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