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Date & time Mar 1 '18
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John Hardy designer Guy Bedarida talks Bali

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Bedarida, who will be in Vancouver for an appearance at Holt Renfrew Feb. 9, took a break from his design duties to chat about John Hardy Bali operations, bamboo and his favourite thing: beautiful jewelry.

Q: How and when did you get involved with John Hardy?

A: In early 1999, I was the head designer of Van Cleef and Arpels and received a call from a head hunter. He was looking on behalf of a jewelry company in Bali for a designer.

However, the following day, I received another phone call from Mr. John Hardy himself to let me know he respected my decision immensely and offered me an invitation to visit Bali. I had never been to Bali, but had heard so many wonderful things about it, and I decided to go. It was there that I discovered the talent of the Balinese artisans and was very impressed by the fact that everything was made by hand.

Plus the paradise island and climate was one of the most beautiful I ever seen. While touring the compound, it suddenly came to my mind that I could really do something with this brand, especially with the talented Balinese artisans as my colleagues. Later that week, I went back to NYC, resigned, and moved to Bali!

Q: What drew you to the jewelry design industry?

A: I have always had a passion for beautiful and precious objects, and a fascination for gems and their colours.

Q: If there were one mission statement that summed up the brand, what would it be?

A: Authentic, beautiful jewelry, handmade with passion and love in Bali.

Q: The John Hardy brand is celebrated for its sustainable practices and "Greener Every Day" motto. What makes it so green?

A: Greener Every Day is our philosophy and vision. We are creating and working in the middle of the nature of Bali, and this has helped us to realize that we have to protect the environment that we love so much.

Much of John Hardy collections are inspired by nature, so it is of the utmost importance to protect it. Through our goal to be Greener Every Day, we have started several van cleef and arpels 10 motif necklace fake green initiatives. Our entire compound is green, and as butterfly van cleef necklace fake of August 2012, all of our jewelry is made from 100 percent recycled silver.

Q: Are all of the products created in Bali?

A: All the products are designed in Bali. However, they can be made in Bali or in Bangkok, where we have workshops. Sometimes we choose to create our pieces in Bangkok because we can get a different stone selection that is not available in Bali, as well as obtain a greater knowledge of those stones. Regardless, whether in Bali or Bangkok, the art of carving and weaving is totally unique.

Q: What's the brand's approach to social responsibility in Bali? And what is the bamboo planting initiative?

A: We take our responsibility to preserve the environment very seriously and hope that in our initiatives, people will be inspired to follow suit and do their part to protect the environment. Through Bamboo, Plant Bamboo, every time one item of jewelry is sold, we replant real bamboo to offset our carbon emissions.

Q: I was told the company's operations help to sustain two villages in Bali through direct employment. If so, how does it do so?

A: This is in reference to our Job for Life program. It is our goal to help disadvantaged Balinese orphans by providing real world experience through an apprenticeship. We try to help ease the transition from the orphanage as much as possible by teaching them several work skills that they can bring with them.

Q: sweet alhambra necklace fake Why do you feel John Hardy is a good fit for the Canadian consumer?

A: John Hardy is the kind of jewelry that you can wear for all occasions. It works very well for casual everyday life or it can really dress up an outfit for a formal event. I always found the Canadian consumer to have a very versatile style and think John Hardy could really fit in.

Q: You're making an appearance at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver this Saturday. Is this your first trip to Vancouver?

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