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John Hardy 2018 “Made For Legends” Campaign Champions Soulful Renegades

Renegades reject the suggestion that one must be gifted jewelry.




John Hardy 2018 “Made For Legends” Campaign Champions Soulful Renegades(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Luxury artisan jeweler John Hardy introduces its second Made for Legends campaign, an evolution of the brand’s 2017 creative platform dedicated to personal power and inspiring women to boldly express their individuality through jewelry.

The campaign’s audacious call to action is centered around the transformative power of jewelry, embracing the alchemic chain that defines each John Hardy creation. The FW18 collection — artisan handcrafted at the John Hardy workshop in Ubud, Bali using techniques passed down from generations of Master Artisans — harnesses the Earth’s raw energy, evolving organic stones, refined materials and heritage motifs into modern talismans that are transformed once more by their wearers: women of character and substance.

These soulful renegades reject the suggestion that one must be gifted jewelry. Instead, they celebrate their own successes and style by acquiring dramatic pieces that reflect their originality and inner strength. Just like their one-of-a-kind pieces, these women are modern-day legends. Perfectly imperfect and proud of the features that make them irreplaceable, they wear their past with pride yet forge fearlessly forward, inspiring all around them with their grit and grace. 

Campaign star, muse and activist Adwoa Aboah perfectly embodies the beauty and magnetism of this nonconformist tribe. She is a legend in the making, who empowers others with her cheeky confidence and eclectic, striking style.

“Our Made for Legends platform continues to champion the importance of individuality and harnessing unique artisan handcrafted jewelry as a tool for self-expression,” notes Robert Hanson, CEO of John Hardy. “As a brand with a commitment to positive social change, sustainability and artisan communities, we are honored to evolve our relationship with Adwoa. She is a soulful change agent with a creative voice, reflected through her boldly expressive attitude towards jewelry and is a proactive community builder using her platform to uplift others.”

Capturing this exceptional spirit served as the campaign’s central objective. “Our second phase of Made for Legends drew inspiration from Adwoa herself — she is powerful, dramatic and inspiring. We see her as a muse for our brand, both in how she wears jewelry as well as how she shows up in the world as a leader,” confirms Suzanne Hader, CMO of John Hardy. “Legends, to us, are optimistic and creative, yet very grounded in the real. They find strength in where they come from, but also in their continued evolution. We expressed this visually by showing Adwoa walking into daylight, grounded in a midnight blue Bali evening sky. She feels relaxed, but the duality explodes with the energy of her purity and our signature maximalist styling.”


Uniting maximalist tendencies with minimalist designs, Aboah is layered with Classic Chain featuring vibrant hand-cut power rocks and the new Asli Classic Chain Link collection.  A modern, dynamic expression of the iconic Classic Chain, these exploded sculptural links are a nod to our artisan community origin yet signify transformation and the power of chain through their endless styling possibilities.

The Made for Legends campaign images will appear online and in print publications this Fall 2018. 



She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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