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.
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 is the perfect feminine summer dress. Cut from beautiful linen, this a-line fit flatters all figures and is easy to style. Wear it with platform espadrilles now, and a jean jacket and cowboy boots later.$249.00
This 3/4 sleeve embroidered tee is cut from soft cotton and features a raw hem, and asymmetrical cut.$149.00 $59.60
A best selling silhouette, this dress is made from a a super soft, high quality cotton. It features beautiful embroidery throughout, in rich peach and cream colors. Add this dress to your closet and you will have your new favorite throw on.$178.00