What a wonderful experience! First, I must thank all the John Hardy staff for this trip. I was welcomed with a warm, open sprit. My first impression of Bali is that it is a place of duality. Filled with old and new structures, wealth and poverty, lush forests and pollution, everything co-exists. Yet, what stands out the most is the many smiling faces that make up this island.
Ubud is an intricately woven city. I have only wandered a bit, but its artistry, craft and charming spirit is stimulating. I can see many of the companyâ€™s inspirations all around. Visiting the John Hardy Compound is, by far, the most densely enriching experience Iâ€™ve had on this trip. First, I must say I love the companyâ€™s designs and natural inspirations. But, what impressed me most was how the company is organized. From concept to production, every place visited on Guyâ€™s passionate tour felt imbued with compassion and cooperation. From the wonderful locally grown communal lunch, to the repurposed banyan tree root steps and eco friendly bamboo cathedral, everything feels integrated. At its heart John Hardy Jewelry not only uses Bali as its muse, it depends on Balinese artistic skill and provides work to a well deserved group. It truly is remarkable to see an international company enhance and enrich its working community while maintaining such high quality.
Later that evening we met up for drinks at Ku De Ta, a hip ocean lounge bar. A good time was had drinking and watching the sun set on the rough waters of Seminyak Beach. Afterwards we had dinner at Guyâ€™s home. We had a good time talking, eating and drinking with a wonderful crowd of young artists and designers.