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Barden, 29, said, “Coming from a luxury high-end business, I see so much potential for John Hardy to elevate designs….refining the rich legacy with my artistic vision based in luxury.”
Founded in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is slated for “substantial growth potential,” said Robert Hanson, chief executive officer of the brand, which is owned by the private equity fund L Catterton.
“I have actually been looking for the new creative director for John Hardy for over a year now,” Hanson said. “When we met with Hollie, she was just the right fit, because there is a combination of her innate creative responsibility coupled with her refined experience and impeccable taste,” he added. “She is an industry prodigy but when she put pencils to sketch pad, what we saw was an immense respect for the John Hardy brand.”
The first collection produced under Barden’s stewardship will hit retailers for fall 2017.