It’s the year of the pig in the Chinese calendar and that means wealth, good fortune and occasionally treating yourself. February 5th was the beginning of the Spring Festival and the climax happens on February 19th with the Lantern Festival, when people go out into the streets and release paper lanterns into the air which symbolizes the wish for a bright future.

For us at Johnny Was, we love this celebration for its beauty and also since we’ve been so inspired over the years by the Asian culture, its design and, most importantly our enduring love of the kimono. “We have become synonymous with the kimono jacket,” says VP of Design, Theresa McAllen. “It’s timeless yet still feels fresh and the attention to detail on ours is incredible. Every collection features the most stunning prints and embroidered trims.”

For spring, we’ve got a diverse mix of our favorite kimonos, from the casual poolside cover to more dressed-up glam version. Here are a few of our favorites and how to style them.

Acantha Kimono

“This jacket is crafted from the most beautiful hand-spun silk from China,” says Theresa. It’s colored using predominantly natural dyes and the result is a true artisan gem.



Gauze Short Kimono

If you like your kimono a little more understated, this one from our Calmé Collection is crafted from soft, organic cotton and made in our hometown of Los Angeles.


Sienne Trapunto Kimono

If you like your look on the dark side this black kimono is crafted from heavy linen, which gives it a great drape and texture. “The white embroidery makes is easily segue from day to night,” adds Theresa.  


Here’s an easy classic. It’s lightweight and we love it open or cinched at the waist with one of our silk scarves. Great as a bathing suit cover or as a light jacket.

Come on over here for more kimono love.