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Yes to PONO – A Style Conversation With Designer and Company Co-Founder Joan Goodman

If you asked us who makes some of the best necklaces and bracelets out there, we’d have to say PONO by Joan Goodman. And we’re not just saying that because the company is part of our Summer Catalogue.

PONO has been on our radar for years. Our friends and family member love the brand.

We’re talking beautiful, chunky necklaces and bracelets made of horn, wood, metal, shell and Italian resin.

PONO — founded in 2003 by sisters Joan Goodman and Barbara Barnett — is Hawaiian for  “righteousness.”

And the brand, as shown by the following Q&A with Joan, shines with an honest, earthy and positive spirit.

For more information about PONO and its many beautiful creations, please visit their site at https://ponobyjoangoodman.com.

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Designer Name: Joan Goodman (pictured above)

Date of Interview: 05/24/16

Age (if you want to give it up): 62

Birthplace: New York City

Current town: New York City

Occupation: designer

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1. Why did you decide on a career in fashion?

This was not a conscious decision, it was an unfolding of events.

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2. Why did you choose your city as your base? Any tips or suggestions (hotels, restaurants, sites) for people traveling to your part of the world?

I am a born and bred New Yorker…my family is here. My favorite thing to do is attend the New York City Ballet.

Currently, my favorite restaurant is Robert which is located in the most amazing Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle.

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Paper Chain Resin Choker

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3. What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?

Reading about the upcoming presidential election…funny and sad!

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4. What’s your favorite movie? And why?

Lawrence of Arabia because it is a visual and emotional masterpiece.

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Moonlight Resin Choker

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5. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?

Going hiking in the Rocky Mountains with strangers when I was 17.

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6. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?

I should have bought a house on the north shore of Oahu during the 70’s when I was living there.

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Floreana Resin Cuff

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7. Tell us your favorite joke:

I am not a good joke teller.

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8. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

That I am claustrophobic. I would rather walk up 10 flights of stairs than get into a small elevator.

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Buckle Resin Bracelet 50MM

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9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?

My grandfather always told me that if you feel you have a problem, take a walk on the beach.

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10. What’s been the worst fashion trend of the past five years? The best?

I do not judge trends because good and bad fashion means something different to everyone.

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Paulina Baril ABS Necklace

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11. What should customers ask themselves before buying one of your products?

Can I wear this with a white tee shirt?

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12. Who are your design idols? Why? Have you ever met them? If so, what happened?

I love Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Martin Margiela and Perry Ellis. My mom worked with Perry Ellis and he used to wrap his fabrics around me to test color. He always told me to always do what is in the center of your heart…do what you love.

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Alchemy Ribbon Necklace

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13. What colors will be the trendiest later this year and in 2017?

This year we are seeing lots of love for olive green, iris blue and matte black. For Spring 2017 our two big colors are coconut and capri blue.

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14. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?

I am not into celebrity culture. I admire a lot of people for their talent.

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AB Etched By Fire Ana Resin Choker

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15. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?

I NEVER cross my legs during a Yankees game.

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16. What’s your favorite outfit (currently and all-time)?

Straight leg Levi dungarees, a white tee shirt, cashmere sweater, flip flops or cowboy boots and an Hermes scarf.

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Paulina Arctic Resin Choker

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17. Where was your best meal, and what was it?

An evening of soufflés in Paris.

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18. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?

I am always happy to have the discussion about ethical production. The reason we produce PONO in Italy is because they have the strictest environmental laws that are follow to a T by our factories. The environmental impact we make on the world is very important to us.

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Glacé Resin Bangle Set

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All Images Courtesy of PONO