We return to our home in Bali, where there is a myth of a dragon with a fierce and protective love for the pearl. The dragon leaves his home in the Balinese volcanos each evening and visits his pearl at the bottom of the sea. When he returns to his lair, his scales shed water into the fields, bringing the island love, prosperity and protection. This dragon, the Naga, is sacred to the Balinese and a symbol of our connection to the natural world. The legend is very much a part of Bali, so the Naga is naturally very much a part of us. This season we returned to the legend's power, giving the collection a new energy and movement; his scales glimmering with black sapphire and eyes burning with richly colored rubies. Discover our home in Bali and explore the power of the Naga collection.
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In the villages of Borneo, craftsmen have been creating beads of astounding complexity for centuries. These beads are so beautiful that they were once used as currency and of tremendous value, even today. In these villages, we saw the spectacular beaded patterns in the striking contrast of black and white. We emulated that pattern, first creating our own handmade silver beads then polishing them to high shines or oxidizing them completely to black and then blending the two together, with chains and diamonds and a variety of precious gems creating these fluid, primal designs with an innate elegance. Expereince Borneo and explore the latest from Bedeg.
When Mr. Hardy first arrived in Bali, he worked and lived in an entirely natural environment and his spirit of environmental respect has remained at our heart. Today, the same concept is at the start of everything we do, from the way we live on our compound â€“ natural bamboo buildings and a wood oven for our locally grown lunches, to the way we work â€“ we use only reclaimed silver and plant bamboo seedlings throughout Bali to offset our carbon emissions. To date we have planted 900,000 bamboos through our Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo program, which plants a number of seedlings for each Bamboo collection piece. This year, weâ€™re also contributing 20% of our Bamboo collection's sales to Trees New York. Celebrate the beauty of our natural world this Earth Day and join us in our efforts to be Greener Every Day.
Celebes is actually called Sulawasi nowadays â€“ but we canâ€™t help but love the charming beauty of the old name because it so beautifully reflects the island. Charming, ancient, and far, far away. We had long stretches of some of the most pristine beaches in the world all to ourselves in Celebes. There, huge shells would wash up on the sand. So many of them were so similar, so perfect but still distinct in the most subtle way â€“ their texture. Each had been weathered and worn, dappled and polished and this reminded us of the Palu collection â€“ each cuff or cufflink is designed to look the same but they come out complete different because of the organic nature of the hammering. For this season, Palu takes on Celebesâ€™ beautiful beaches and glimmering seashells. Journey to Celebes and explore the latest arrivals for Palu.
Java is a bustling island, home to huge cities and industry but when we landed on a quieter part of the island there was an airiness, a lightness that we couldnâ€™t put into words. Then there was this moment when the rays of the setting sun bounced off of the bamboo rods some local fisherman were using and that was it! The graceful arcs of bamboo, the light dancing on the polished poles, and the colors of the sunset filling the air around you; that was Java and this moment inspired a new sensuous, delicate range of rings, earrings and refined cuffs. Experience Java and explore the latest arrivals for Bamboo.
With raging volcanos and deep dark jungles, Sumatra is at once, foreboding and alluring. It drew us in with its power and mystery. Sumatra is full of rough edges that have no desire to be polished or smoothed. The whole island shimmers with a sort of raw energy. You canâ€™t capture Sumatra, you canâ€™t explain Sumatra but with Kubik we can reflect its power and energy, the darkness of the jungles, the danger of the volcanos. When we visited Sumatra on this journey, we were inspired by its raw strength and we really imbued Kubik with that spirit. Explore Sumatra and discover the latest arrivals for Men.
In Bali there is a philosophy called â€śGotong Royongâ€ť it roughly translates to â€śWorking together for the benefit of the whole.â€ť That phrase is applied to so much of life on the island where communal harmony is part of the culture and the islandâ€™s essence. You see it everywhere; people build houses together, weave baskets and mats together, and celebrate together. Such a big part of Baliâ€™s beauty is the love the people have for one another. The weaving of the Classic Chain reflects this. This working together - carefully, meticulously â€“ to create something so incredibly beautiful. This is the crux of the island, the heart of John Hardy and why we begin our journey at home.
On Friday, July 5 our CEO Damien Dernoncourt and our Creative Director and Head Designer Guy Bedarida hosted a candlelit dinner at the compound. Six members of the Young Presidents' Organisation (YPO) attended; the group included artists, designers and business owners in Bali as well representatives of the John Hardy team. Traditional Indonesain dishes like Nasi Kuning (yellow rice) set the atmosphere of a warm Balinese village, completed with an amazing musical performance that included a huge set of bamboo instruments that called Jegog and the softer melodies of the Rindik, a smaller set of bamboo instruments.
We are in love with the newest R&B sensation Luke James, so of course we are super excited that he wore some of his favorite John Hardy pieces in his new music video â€śI.O.U.â€ť Check it out here and see if you can spot them all!
Side note: Some of the pieces in the video are previews of whatâ€™s coming for Fall! Are you as excited as we are?
The John Hardy Classic Chain is one of our most recognizable signatures. It makes a subtle or strong appearance in some way or another in all of our collections. Watch our Spring 2013 video to experience our latest designs for the season!