Inspiration is wherever you find it.
The year was 1987, and for the creators of Johnny Was, it came in the form of a classic reggae song released a decade earlier. Living by the beach in Southern California, while the Bob Marley tune with the eponymous line, “Johnny was a good man…” was on heavy rotation, a clothing line was born.
Just like the universal and timeless appeal of a great song, Johnny Was is about clothes that cross cultures and defy trends. With a bohemian spirit and a true sense of authenticity, we take our inspiration from anything that is beautiful, genuine and just that little bit special; a timeless piece of art, or the luxurious hand-stitching on a vintage dress, to the simplicity of a vibrant bougainvillea. It’s the gorgeous details in life that make it beautiful and that’s what we try to create with Johnny Was; the most exquisite embroidery, luxurious fabrics, a juxtaposition between vintage and modern, and always effortless silhouettes.
Johnny Was creates clothes and accessories that embrace a California lifestyle but speak to a global vision, that feel luxurious, yet ready to be packed into a suitcase for a last minute trip. It is about going through life with an ease that’s both alluring and inspiring.
The Lenora Cropped Top will likely become a new staple in your wardrobe. Goes great with a pair of jeans or a skirt for a dressier look.$215.00 $107.50
There are countless ways to style this chic vintage top. Style it with a cami or basic tee underneath.$260.00
The Johnny Was Rita Tunic Dress will make you do a double take. It's made from 100% linen making it a classic and comfortable dress.$260.00
We love this versatile, comfortable, and chic blouse. This blouse will be your go-to top layer!$260.00
The Helena Kimono has a relaxed fit with delicate floral embroidery. Pair it with jeans or wear it over a dress.$320.00
This Johnny Was Frederique S/S Panel Tunic gives off a bohemian vibe. Wear it as a dress or with some denim.$180.00
This embroidered maxi skirt with a side slit gives off a bohemian vibe. Style it with a basic tee for a relaxed outfit.$260.00
This Johnny Was hoodie is a must-have staple. Comfortable and stylish, this zip-up is perfect for balmy days and breezy nights.$205.00 $102.50
A Johnny Was boho chic favorite!! This relaxed fit tunic can be easily styled with a pair of jeans and wedges.$260.00
This colorful, floral cardigan looks great with jeans or over a simple dress. You won't believe how comfortable it is.$260.00 $130.00
This embroidered floral shirt is a mix between modern and vintage. It has a scooped neck and holds a loose fit with half sleeves.$235.00
This great top features a unique silhouette that flows delicately around the body. It features a v-neck, and long sleeves. Dress it up or wear it casually with heels, flats and a tank underneath.$248.00