Charles van Maarschalkerweerd Borg was born October 29, 1968, in Malta, and Ron van Maarschalkerweerd Borg was born September 13, 1971, in Holland. Charles learned his tailoring skills as a young boy from his relatives who were expert dressmakers and Ron studied economy and human resource management. Charles and Ron met in Amsterdam in 1992 and Ron moved to Malta shortly afterwards.
The designers and founders are mostly self–taught and established C&R as Malta’s leading fashion house. Charles & Ron are pioneers in the Maltese fashion scene and the first brand to draw inspiration from Malta and its surroundings.
Since 2014 the designers have consistently shown their collections during New York and Los Angeles fashion week, and the designers are regular guests at fashion weeks throughout Europe.
Charles & Ron were one of the few designers that were selected in 2018 to exhibit one of their couture designs at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. The exhibition was curated by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles. The night was a first at the palace and guests included; Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour who complimented the designers on their design.
Besides the runway and ready-to-wear collections, key items in the C&R range are Malta-inspired luxury scarves and leather bags. The handbags and small leather goods are made with the finest Italian leather and are handcrafted in Malta.
The Charles & Ron collections are regularly featured in international publications and are also noticed by international colour company Pantone. The designers were featured in two recent Pantone colour trend forecasts and leading trend websites like refinery29 also featured some of the c&r designs and quoted the designers on their use of colour.
Charles & Ron’s Malta-inspired designs truly have an international appeal as they have recently been seen on international celebs like; Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, Fireboy , Carrie Underwood, Chloe Bailey, the cast from Bling Empire, the cast from Never Have I Ever, MYA , Brigitte Nielsen, Jessie J., Kelly Rowland, Ally Brooke (Fifth Harmony), Nicole Williams (Wags), Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) ,Ashanti, Tinashe, Kelsey Ballerini, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Chaka Khan, Lauryn Hill, Jessica Pimentel and Brenda Song among many others.