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 Johnny Was Quito Velvet Kimono brings a luxurious bohemian twist to the traditional kimono. The velvet material features a floral design that can be thrown over a simple top.$338.00
This beautiful blouse features long sleeves, flattering mid-length, v-neck with self-tie and tassels, and floral and geometric embroidery throughout. Pair with blue jeans and a tan felt hat for a complete look.$248.00
This round neck, long sleeve top features beautiful embroidery on a crinkled georgette material. Pair with denim, cognac corduroys or a brown suede high waisted skirt for a complete look.$235.00
This beautiful Johnny Was blouse features floral embroidery throughout, a flowing fit, and 3/4 sleeves. Pair with light wash jeans and espadrilles for a complete look.$220.00
This gorgeous blouse features a relaxed fit and is made from 100% rayon material. With beautiful embroidery, in rich colors, this top with brighten up any outfit.$258.00
This feminine a-line dress is made from soft cotton and features a flattering v-neck and beautiful embroidery. Take it into the fall by layering with a denim jacket.$178.00
This 3/4 sleeve embroidered tee is cut from soft cotton and features a raw hem, and asymmetrical cut.$149.00 $59.60