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Jenn Tanaka was enlisted as the Fashion Editor for Coast Magazine's Spring Fashion feature story photographed by Lisa Romerein at SOKA University.
~ Interview ~
Hollie Bonneville Barden
Creative director at John Hardy
Tell us about splitting your time between New York and Bali.
HOLLIE BONNEVILLE BARDEN: I joined John Hardy two years ago and moved from London to New York, which was an easy kind of adjustment. The bigger adjustment and the more exciting one is the Bali side of the brand. I split my time between New York and Bali which, is what I call my yin-yang lifestyle. You get the intensity and impulses of New York but, then Bali is completely different. My home is in New York now. But, I spend about 30 percent of my time, if not more, in Bali.
HBB: John wanted to create bold, amazing powerful jewelry but, he also wanted to harness the traditional [Balinese] techniques. My approach has been similar. I wanted to celebrate and utilize all those techniques but, at the same time bring something that’s relevant and modernized. My style is naturally fluid but I always try to balance it with a strength and a power. My collections at De Beers always spoke about power and grace. That’s always been my philosophy … I brought balance. Recognizing the strength of the brand and the power of the jewelry but at the same time also recognizing its fluidity and sensuality.
Jenn continues the conversation with Hollie Bonneville Barden, here.