By  on September 13, 2019

Pierre Hardy sits stage right at Jazz at Lincoln Center, surveying views of New York’s more opulent rooftops. For Hermès’ creative director of jewelry and footwear, the city is an important incubator for new ideas in fashion, culture and higher thought. On Thursday it was also the location for a duet of events hosted by the French house, marking its Enchaînements Libres high jewelry collection designed by Hardy.

“New York is one of the most sophisticated, advanced and cultured cities in the world — there is such a concentration of brains, taste and history,” said Hardy, who dismissed the idea that New York has seen its best days. “There is a big margin before New York becomes a second-rate city; we are not there at all. It’s still a completely relevant place,” said the designer.

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