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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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.
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.
Celebes is actually called Sulawasi nowadays – but we can’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 – their texture. Each had been weathered and worn, dappled and polished and this reminded us of the Palu collection – 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 Celebes’ beautiful beaches and glimmering seashells.
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 couldn’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 can’t capture Sumatra, you can’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.
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 “I.O.U.” Check it out here and see if you can spot them all!
Side note: Some of the pieces in the video are previews of what’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!
This weekend our CEO Damien Dernoncourt crossed the finish line of a 150 mile race that spanned the Atacama Desert in Chile. Damien ran to raise money for Job for Life, a charity close to all of us at John Hardy, and finished 33rd out of 148 racers who made it through the grueling seven day race. Way to go Damien! Congratulations to you and all the amazing people who participated in the race!