Van der Borght graduated from Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Sint Niklaas in 2012 and launched his eponymous label shortly afterwards. “I believe that dealing with a commercial context only motivated me to develop my radical research and conceptual approach more,” the designer says. “I think I’m like a ‘hunter’ that Björk sings about in her album Homogenic, a species that’s always on a quest, on a search for something new, fresh, exciting, unexpected.
Van der Borght is an imperfectionist. “I love errors,” he declares. “I like to challenge the functionality of tools. What I like is that every tool, next to its ability for perfection, also has the ability to fail.” The designer's devotion to the antidote of sublimity negates perfection. His latest collection, 7 ways to be TVDB, for example, purposefully defies the classic rules of knitwear, mixing dead stock merino wool, transparent acrylic and a lurex to achieve the “roughness” in the digital knit, mimicking the idea of bricolage and recomposition.
Cable ties, colour cords and experimental knitwear; The collection is fashioned from unconventional materials and is built around the concept of the ritualistic procession, examining the “tension between wearing and being worn, between carrying and being carried.”
As much as his work revolves around the process of searching, Van der Borght is not interested in finding anything. “I don’t really want to find answers or explanations,” the design affirms. Neither does he care about achieving traditional, idealistic, outdated standards of beauty. After all, as Oscar Wilde would say: “A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection.”