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International jeweler plans to open first U.S. store in Houston

International jeweler plans to open first U.S. store in Houston

Rendering of John Hardy store in River Oaks District
A rendering of the new John Hardy boutique in River Oaks District. Rendering courtesy of John Hardy

International luxury jeweler John Hardy has selected Houston for its first U.S. store. The brand, known for one-of-a-kind artisan handcrafted jewelry, plans a 1,000-square-foot store in River Oaks District. It will open in September.

The store is one of three planned for the United States since L Catterton acquired the brand in July 2014 and CEO Robert Hanson announced plans to make John Hardy a global name with stand-alone stores in multiple markets. A New York flagship store in Soho will open in November and a third store is planned for early 2017 at an undisclosed U.S. location.

“As we work to grow the John Hardy brand and bring the best luxury jewelry and service to our clients, expansion into retail boutiques in the U.S. is a natural next step,” Hanson said in a statement. “John Hardy’s heritage and expertise in artisan handcrafted jewelry rooted in Balinese traditions make for a unique brand story that is best told through owned boutiques."

John Hardy is known for distinctive hand-crafted jewelry made in a design studio and workshop in Ubud, Bali. It will join a number of upscale jewelers in the new mixed-use shopping center. Other jewelers in River Oaks District include Cartier, Chopard, de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry Patek Philippe Showroom and Van Cleef & Arpels , with Harry Winston set to open later this summer.