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~ 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.
When I’m in Bali, I need to get back to New York because you sort of miss out on the side where you’re connected to the clients and the retail experience. The merchandisers and the rest of the executive team are all based out of the New York office. I think both are very integral with the brand.
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.