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.”
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Designers Biya Ramar and Amy McNeill-Valentine, discuss scarf combinations for an upcoming one-of-a- kind kimono.
“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.
Seeing as each Kimono is one of a kind, every single print and trim have to be cut individually.
After a paper pattern is generated, they are placed and re-placed until the perfect color combination is found.
Once placement is finalized, each pattern piece is ready to be cut and sewn in our Los Angeles design studio.
Our experienced sample makers pay great attention to every line to form the structure of this beautiful artwork.
Every piece of a kimono is touched by a hand, and inspected to create the beyond-beautiful finished product.
”Everything we do is about being different to everybody else. When they are finished, these kimonos are true works of art,” says Levite.
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