Johnny Was / JWLA Plus-Size Designer @, Size 12+

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Silk Johnny Was dress showing at L.A. Fashion Week, 2013

Johnny Was, Plus-Size Eyelet Layering Cardigan


Johnny Was Runway Show, L.A. Fashion Week 2013


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

Actress Lauren Graham wears Johnny Was embroidered blouse on Parenthood Season 4 premier

Emma Watson wearing Johnny Was at Coachella 2012

Lauren Graham Wears Johnny Was, Season 4 Parenthood

Emma Watson in Johhny Was, Coachella 2012


An urban chic boho label, Johnny Was combines easy-care natural fibers such as rayon, silk, 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.

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.

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.

Price Point: Moderate | Moderate-Upscale | Upscale | Luxury


Internet Shopping for Plus-Size Johnny Was Designer Fashion

Johnny Was and sister label JWLA are frequently available in plus-sizes on-line at the following retailers:

Neiman Marcus



Saks Off Fifth

Last Call

 Search eBay: Johnny Was, Plus-Size



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