Charles van Maarschalkerweerd Borg ( born 29-10-68) attributes his passionate creativity to his Maltese blood. He is a self-taught Couture maker and comes from a long line of seamstresses – his aunties and his grandma. He met Ron van Maarschalkerweerd Borg (born 13-09-71) in Amsterdam in 1992. They bonded over many mutual interests and Ron came to visit Malta, loved it and never left. They have now been partners for 30 years, and together turned Charles & Ron into Malta’s leading fashion brand. Their signature style draws inspiration from the archipelago, with Mediterranean motifs, colours and stories featuring in all their collections. Their work is brushed with a 1990’s fashion sensibility when it comes to design, yet is timeless and effortlessly commercial.
The collections are regularly featured in international magazines, many Hollywood music videos and red carpets. Charles & Ron’s designs truly have an international appeal as they have recently been seen on international celebs like; Ariane Grande, Alessandra Ambrosio, Carrie Underwood, Paula Abdul, Jessie J., Fireboy, Chloe Bailey, the cast from Bling Empire, the cast from Never Have I Ever, Brigitte Nielsen, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ashanti, Tinashe and many others. Despite their global renown and a love for Los Angeles, Malta is still the base for Charles & Ron. They are deeply in love with the mediterranean lifestyle and spontaneous informality of island life.
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 curated by Vogue’s Hamish Bowles also featured Stella McCartney, Burberry and Karen Walker among others. The night was a first at the Palace and guest included ; Naomi Campell and Anna Wintour who complimented the designers on their design.
Charles & Ron will launch their Spring/Summer 24 runway collection during Milan fashion Week in September 2023.