John Hardy designer drops in to Neiman

December 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Two John Hardy naga necklaces in sterling silver with black sapphires.

Guy Bedarida, head designer and creative director for John Hardy, presented a trunk show pieces from his new Cinta, Bedeg and Naga collections, plus showed some one-of-a-kind designs at Neiman Marcus Dec. 7.

Pieces appeared to be selling fast across the board with Bedarida kept busy engraving new purchases, but of most interest now and into the new year are his Naga pieces, inspired by the dragon of Bali, said to be a protector of its people, who watches over them from the mountaintops.

His pieces cover several aspects of dragon lore, from the beast’s love of pearls, which it dives into the depths of the ocean to sleep with at night, to the articulation of its scales, which drip water as it climbs back onto the mountaintops, spreading the water which gives the land its verdancy.

On his bracelets, the dragon has a mouth that opens and closes to clasp and release the jewelry, and his instructions are to wear the mouth pointed outward fro protection from the world and frenemies, and inside if you want to bring love, spirituality and peace to your being.

After an impressive career working at such prestigious houses as Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris and the United States, Bedarida was wooed by the beauty of Bali to work at John Hardy’s 36-acre compound in Mambai, and in 2007, he and a partner purchased the management of the John Hardy Group, where he continues the company’s mission of maintaining the Balinese legacy of handcrafted work, and as caretakers of the land as well. For each piece of John Hardy jewelry sold, the company plants bamboo.

The company also maintains a vast organic farm that feeds its all of its 650 employees daily. We need more of that kind of enlightened thinking here!

John Hardy head designer and creative director Guy Bedarida shows a photo of the company compound in Mambai, Ubud, Bali, where each piece of jewelry is crafted by hand.

Bedarida shows his Naga bracelets, facing outward to offer protection from any bad vibes and negativity.

Kristen Chan, left, was admiring a cuff Catherine Lin was wearing.

Some of the John Hardy’s one-of-a-kind pieces, including koi bracelet.

Brianna Acosta wears some of the pieces. The unusual, and somewhat dangerous-looking earrings caught my eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Shop: Barrio Vintage

December 6th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Barrio Vintage curator Bradley Rhea, right, with Jonathan Saupe and shopper Tamara Allen.

While waiting Friday night for the Milk & Honey fashion show to start, I wandered upstairs to the Chinatown Artists Lofts in the neighboring Mendonca Building to stop by Barrio Vintage, which, like a rare blossom, opens but two times a month, on First Fridays and Slow Art Friday on the third week of the month.

While I was browing the racks, it was great to turn around and see the familiar face of stylist-owner Bradley Rhea who I’d met a couple weeks before at Nordstrom.

Having moved here from the desert and big sky locale of Tucson, Ariz., Bradley still marvels over some of the otherworldliness of Chinatown, but feels Barrio Vintage fits in with its combination of “style surprises and great prices.”

Great prices is right. I was a little scared looking at a white sequin blouse with no price tag in sight. I was imagining up to $40 would be fair. So when Brad said $10, I was like, “Sold!”

Deena Frooman, who tried on one of Barrio Vintage’s coats, while her friend Stacy Cowell tried on a vintage Hawaiian print blazer, said she had a ready caption for this photo: “We’re vintage and so are the clothes.” Thanks for that!

Another girl who was snatching up $3 pieces from a suitcase was more emotive, saying, “I love this place and I love you guys!”

Going through the suitcase, I found a cute polka dot skirt that reminded me of Marni’s spring 2012 print for H&M, but had to pass because it might have been too small.

I didn’t stay long because the show downstairs was about to start, but I look forward to seeing what’s coming in months ahead since he has ideas of collaborating with like-minded artists, independent jewelry designers and apparel designers with a similar aesthetic.
Barrio Vintage is at 1109 Maunakea St. #208.