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Showrooms located in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston (Woburn)

Contact: info@johnnywas.com; Tel 866.942.8806

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Johnny Was; Silk Patchwork Print Kimono


An urban chic boho label, Johnny Was combines easy-care natural fibers such as viscose rayons, silk, linen,and cotton with vintage inspirations fused with global gypsy aesthetics. Founded in 1987 by Eli Levite, Bob Marley's  “Johnny Was a Good Man" served as musical inspiration which is only fitting for a Coachella fashion favorite.


A Fair Trade company, the hand crafted aesthetic and embroidered details are prized by free spirited women of every age group. The JWLA sister label embodies similar design aesthetics with a slightly more casual, lived in vibe.


Johnny Was: Fashion Show, Otis College of Art & Design
Johnny Was Collection, Otis College of Art & Design, L.A.

Silk print dresses, tops, skirts and tops mix with vintage detail rayon embroidered pieces in an eclectic style with simple, flowing silhouettes.  Embroidered layering kimonos and tunics are both immensely popular, along with both shift dresses and maxi dresses. Vintage lace details often mix as eyelet solids or French lace trims. Both knits and wovens are available.  These are wearable, every day clothes with casual yet chic bohemian appeal.


Celebrities as diverse as Brandi, Emma Watson, and Britney Spears have been spotted at events and personal time in Johnny Was, while stylists also will pull it for wardrobe in Hollywood productions.  Promoted in artistic venues that draw celebrities such as the Sun Dance Film Festival, it is easy to see how this gorgeous brand has become a California celebrity favorite.

Johnny Was: Embroidered Tunic


Mainly a boutique label in locations such as Santa Fe, NM and free-standing Johnny Was stores in California, major department stores have begun stocking it in hard-to-find plus-size options to 3X (26W) in recent years. 


Full retail price-points range from $200 - $300 per piece, with past season mark downs bringing this boho label into more budgets.  Highly collectible by women who appreciate the expression of personal style, these wearable art looks in beautiful yet washable fabrics with hand finished details last for years.


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