If you already own any of the pieces from Amanda Bond, you’ll know why her style resonates so well with Johnny Was. The effortless silhouettes, hand-dyed, natural fabrics are unique and made in Los Angeles, and personify laid-back California at its most beautiful. That’s why to have her exclusive pop-up sitting beside our San Marino, CA, store feels like a great summer romance. To kick off the season we hosted an opening party to showcase her latest summer collaboration with us. The color palette is a dreamy combination of gelato pastels like pale pink, baby blue and a soft sunset yellow. For her insights and inspirations, we got the scoop.

JW: We love having you as our official neighbor in San Marino! How has it been seeing your Summer Collaboration with Johnny Was in its own store?
AB: Last weekend was the opening and it was so fun to see all the customers coming in, and how we sold pieces to everyone, from ages 17 to 75! That was super inspiring and surprising to me. As a designer, it’s always gratifying to see what pieces different people respond to, as well as how happy it makes them feel.

JW: This summer collection is so gorgeous, we’re so happy to be a part of it. Can you tell us a bit about your inspirations?
AB: So many, all the great moments from my life, I drew from for these colors and styles: drinking mint juleps with my granny, my favorite rainbow sherbet ice cream, the lavender fields in Provence, which is where I had my first date with my husband and, of course, the sunsets over Malibu, which is where I live and create.

JW: This collection feels like what summer is all about—being outdoors in breezy silhouettes and happy hues. We know it’s hard to play favorites, but is there a particular piece from this collection?
AB: You’re right, it’s hard to have an absolute favorite because they all feel like my babies but I really love is the Kalene maxi dress. It’s crafted from 100% hand-dyed crinkle chiffon and has a very easy, jet-set glamor vibe that feels reminiscent of something Talitha Getty would have worn in Morocco during the 1960s.

JW: We also have a hard time picking a favorite, but the Emilia dress feels like a vital and beautiful piece for those days where you go from the beach to dinner al fresco. Welcome to San Marino Amanda!
AB: Seeing my own pop-up literally bought tears to my eyes—I’ve dreamed of having my own store for at least 20 years so to see it come true felt really emotional for me. I am overjoyed and so grateful to Johnny Was, especially Rob Trauber and his team for making this possible!

To see the Amanda Bond store in-person visit, 2529 Mission Street, San Marino, CA 91108; or see the full collection here.