• How to Make a One-Of-A-Kind Kimono


    At JOHNNY WAS we are known for our trend-defying clothing, bohemian spirit and gorgeous details, but did you know that with each collection, we also painstakingly make a few one-of- a-kind kimonos? “We did the first one three years ago,” says JOHNNY WAS founder Eli Levite. “Designer Biya Ramar and I played with some of our silk scarves, sewing them together in different combinations, and ended up using over 30 of them, and it took a week to finish!” The result is a custom silk kimono, that can easily hang on a wall as a one-of- a-kind piece or art, or worn as the ultimate in bespoke lounge wear.

    When it comes to the creation and design process, not much has changed since that first kimono was sewn a few years back. Ramar and her team of designers will work upwards of a week in our Los Angeles design studio, sorting and piecing together just the perfect combination of scarves for the body, sleeves and trim.

    “We were surprised how quickly the first one sold so now we make a couple at a time, and probably sell 20 a month,” says Levite. “I have one hanging in my home and it’s stunning. This type of design reminds me of antique, hand-stitched kimonos from 200 years ago.”

    For pricing, please call our Santa Monica store at (310) 656 - 0600.

    1 Designers Biya Ramar and Amy McNeill-Valentine, discuss scarf combinations for an upcoming one-of-a- kind kimono.
    2 “We have over 500 exclusive scarf and print designs,” say Levite. Coming up with the right combinations that work together and tell a story can take many days.
    3 Seeing as each Kimono is one of a kind, every single print and trim have to be cut individually.
    4 After a paper pattern is generated, they are placed and re-placed until the perfect color combination is found.
    4A Once placement is finalized, each pattern piece is ready to be cut and sewn in our Los Angeles design studio.
    5 Our experienced sample makers pay great attention to every line to form the structure of this beautiful artwork.
    6 Every piece of a kimono is touched by a hand, and inspected to create the beyond-beautiful finished product.
    7 ”Everything we do is about being different to everybody else. When they are finished, these kimonos are true works of art,” says Levite.

    For pricing, please call our Santa Monica store at (310) 656 - 0600 or contact our Online Customer Service at 1.866.942.8806 M-F 9am - 5pm PST or email info@johnnywas.com for questions.


  • Boho Winter Looks Styled By Our San Jose Store

    Boho Winter Outfit Styling Tips

    We took a break from the pre-holiday prepping to stop by our cozy, colorful store at San Jose's Westfield Valley Fair to get some boho winter outfit ideas. The relatively mild Northern California winter calls for lots of layering pieces, like tunic tops and cardigan sweaters, in boho-chic prints and embroidered patterns. Click "READ MORE" to meet the Johnny Was San Jose team and discover their top 3 boho winter looks!

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  • SHOP FOR A CAUSE: Contribute 15% To Support Breast Cancer Research

    Johnny Was Clothing Loop E-Gift Box

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re proud to offer customers an exciting new way to shop for a cause! For any item sent as an e-gift from JOHNNYWAS.com from October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015, JOHNNY WAS and Loop Commerce will contribute 15% of the sales price to the American Cancer Society. ACS does not endorse any product or service.

    Look for the pink “E-GIFT THIS” button on our product pages to send any item as a thoughtful, personal gift – even if you don’t know the recipient’s size, color preference, or address! E-gifting on JOHNNYWAS.com, powered by Loop Commerce, works like this:

    1. You select a gift and purchase it using the “E-GIFT THIS” button.

    2. The recipient receives a notification of your gift via email.

    3. The recipient opens the gift online and can easily adjust the size, color, or even pick another product entirely.

    4. We ship the gift directly to the address the recipient provides.

    E-gifts can be scheduled to be sent for up to a year in advance, and are great for birthdays, holidays, or just because! And better yet, this October only, each e-gift you send contributes to the fight against breast cancer.



  • Boho Fall Looks Styled By Our Palo Alto Store

    Boho Fall Looks Styled by Johnny Was Palo Alto

    As summer fades into fall, we journeyed up the California coast to our Palo Alto store to gather some Fall dressing tips. Opened almost a year ago, our store at the Stanford Shopping Center has become Silicon Valley’s destination for unique, beautifully-crafted bohemian clothing and accessories – and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of the neighborhood! Click READ MORE to meet the Palo Alto team and discover some chic Fall looks they’ve put together for us…

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  • Spotted: Johnny Was - August 2015

    Boho Fashion Bloggers Spotted Johnny Was Clothing

    We love spotting our favorite fashion bloggers in Johnny Was! While our colorful tops, tunics, and dresses are statement-makers in their own right, it's always fun to see how fashionistas make Johnny Was their own. Click "READ MORE" to see some of our favorite fashion blogger moments from August 2015!

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  • Labor Day Party Recipe Ideas with Marla Meridith

    Labor Day Party Recipe Ideas

    As summer approaches its end, it’s time to plan the last hoorah – the perfect Labor Day party! Whether you’re planning a backyard get-together or a beach bash, a delicious and family-friendly menu is a must. We turned to cuisine and lifestyle expert (and Johnny Was aficionado) Marla Meridith for some Labor Day Party recipe ideas!

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  • Boho Pre-Fall Looks Styled By Our Newport Beach Store

    Boho Pre-Fall Outfits Styled by Johnny Was Clothing Newport Beach

    Oh, "Pre-Fall," that mysterious season that seems only to exist in the fashion world. While summer's hottest days linger on, stores begin to fill with jackets, sweaters, scarves, and boots, anticipating the inevitable cold days ahead. To get some tips on how to navigate this not-really-Fall-yet fashion season, we stopped by our store at the swanky Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, California. Click "READ MORE" to meet the team and see their Pre-Fall picks!

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  • How To Wear Printed Pants

    How to Wear Printed Pants Styling Tips from Johnny Was Clothing Blog

    A pair of printed pants is the perfect way to add some pattern and color to your wardrobe. The best pairs of printed pants can be dressed up or down – we love relaxed fit printed pants in flowy, breathable fabrics like Cupra or silk. When you can feel like you’re wearing pajama pants, but look like a million bucks, what’s not to love?

    Read on to discover our fool-proof printed pants styling guide and discover some of our favorite pairs.

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  • Bohemian Summer Looks Styled By Our Scottsdale Store

    Bohemian Summer Looks Styled by Johnny Was Clothing Scottsdale

    Summer's heating up, so we stopped by our Arizona store at Scottsdale's Fashion Square to get some boho summer style inspiration! Click "READ MORE" to meet the Scottsdale team and discover the effortlessly chic summer looks they styled for us!

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  • Boho Summer Looks Styled By Our Atlanta Store

    Boho Summer Looks Styled by Johnny Was Atlanta

    With the solstice behind us, it's now officially summertime - so we figured we'd stop by our Atlanta, GA store at Phipps Plaza to pick up some hot weather styling tips! Who better to put together some light, versatile bohemian summer looks than our "Hotlanta" team? Read on to discover their must-have tunic tops, maxi dresses, and light looks that will not only beat the summer heat, but also channel your inner boho babe...

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