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Robert Hanson Appointed John Hardy Chief Executive Officer
Robert Hanson Appointed John Hardy Chief Executive Officer

Robert Hanson Appointed John Hardy Chief Executive Officer

On July 31, 2014, John Hardy announced it appointed Robert Hanson as Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hanson brings more than 25 years of brand development and retail experience to John Hardy, including with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer, and Levi Strauss & Co., where he served as Global President of Levi’s.  Damien Dernoncourt, who has served as John Hardy’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007, has been named Non-Executive Chairman. 

It was also announced that John Hardy was acquired by Catterton, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm.  Catterton has partnered with luxury brands including Restoration Hardware, Baccarat, PIRCH, and Frederic Fekkai to name a few.

Mr. Hanson said, “John Hardy is an iconic luxury brand with a loyal customer following, and I have been impressed with the strength of the brand under Damien’s leadership.  I look forward to leading the company and building upon its tradition of creating truly unique, authentic designs and providing outstanding customer service.  John Hardy is well known for its distinctive style, extraordinary quality and commitment to handcrafted sustainable luxury.  These key pillars will continue to be the cornerstone of our Company and our future success.  With Catterton’s well-established track record for partnering with leading brands to help them capitalize on growth opportunities, I believe that John Hardy has significant potential and a bright future.” 

A California native, Mr. Hanson relocated to New York City where he will be based for his new role at John Hardy.  He is an avid global traveler, a fitness fanatic, culturally curious, and loves stylish and meaningful things.  He and his partner of 23 years, Michael, also have an organic farm near San Francisco.

 

Bali Celebrations
Bali Celebrations

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John Hardy is deeply rooted in the culture and history of Bali, and the country is a constant source of inspiration. May and June are especially rich with celebrations including Galungan Day, Pengerebongan and Perang Pandan. 

Galungan Day is the most important holiday symbolizing the victory of Good over Evil (Dharma and Adharma). During this special time, the streets are lined with 'penjors', tall bamboo poles splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves and flowers, which symbolize peace. People dress in their finest clothes and jewels this day to celebrate. 

Pengerebongan is a sacred ritual held in Kesiman Village. This event is very unique as people can suddenly be taken over by a mystical and magical trance. The priest will  give a holy water to bring back to the real world after a trance.

Perang Pandan, also called Mekare-Kare, is a ceremony to honor the god Indra (god of war) and ancestors. This ritual is held annually in the village of Tenganan, East Bali. The men are bare-chested and fight with thorny branches in a battle of the gods. 

Poleng is the black and white cloth often seen wrapped around temples or sacred statues and trees in Bali. It symbolizes good and evil, the Yin and Yang of Bali. The Balinese believe that good does not exists without evil and vice versa. To appreciate one, you need to know the other. 

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