Tag Archives: Johnny Was Clothing

  • JW Fall Book (And Great Gift) Picks

    Not only is November National Novel Writing Month. it’s also the time of year when publishers release their brightest and best just in time for the holidays. Here’s our round-up of some of our fave novels, cookbooks and feel good tomes to give and get.

    For Foodies
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    Recipes and stories from the Cuban Kitchen by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy (Ten Speed Press 2016)
    Mouthwatering pictures teamed with approachable recipes of classic Cuban dishes like fried chicken, lobster-stuffed tostones and Mojito cake. Vacation daydreams guaranteed.

    For Music Lovers

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    Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie (Taschen 2016

    Fellow Londoner and lauded photographer, Mick Rock, chronicled David Bowie from 1972-1973, when he released the iconic Ziggy Stardust persona and album. Over 50 percent of photos in this jumbo book have never been seen before and the hologram cover is coffee table magic.

    For Your Fave Girlfriend

    Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 11.46.33 AM 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal (Sasquatch Books 2016)  Based on the research of happiness, as well as her own ideas, social media whiz and jewelry designer Morrea Seal puts together a gorgeous book that will get you through 2017 with a smile and the positive power of lists.

    For Your Bookclub

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    Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Penguin Random House 2016)
    We’re predicting that this novel—which brings together friendship, music and racial inequality—will be on every book club list by early next year. Smith’s fifth novel is wise and inspiring.

    For Fashionistas and Coffee Tables

    Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 4.05.35 PMTerence Donovan: Portraits Text by Philippe Garner (Damiani 2016) This British photographer shot anyone who was anybody from the 60’s on. He was the premiere portrait photographer for four decades, capturing everyone from Twiggy and Jimi Hendrix to Princess Diana and Kate Moss. A beautiful retrospective of one man’s work.

  • A Velvet Tradition


    At Johnny Was, we design, print and embroider some of the finest velvets we can find. Our design team is always ahead of trends—looking more to quality and timelessness than what’s only popular for the time being.

    Our highest-quality velvets are woven of silk, and cut to form a dense, soft pile. The threads are evenly distributed, giving the fabric, what we’ve come to know as the “velvety” feel, a super soft touch. With almost 20 different types of velvet available, based on pattern, thread cut, etc. the fabric still has a specialness about it.

    In modern times, Velvet is mostly associated with the holiday season, but at Johnny Was, we see rsz_velvet2that changing. As fashion constantly evolves, rules can be broken and trends can break from custom. That’s how our style was established.

    From our incredibly popular Velvet Duster to a printed pullover, velvet not only instantly elevates your outfit but the sensation of the fabric can also improve your mood.

    By introducing velvet accessories into your rotation, or adding velvet pillows to a sofa, a little touch adds color and flair for an extraordinary look.

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    cleaning as today’s way to preserve the fabric and keep it in great shape.

    Johnny Was believes velvet is a modern go-to with a beautiful historyrsz_velvet4—a fabric that delivers timeless, fluid lines for any season.

  • Dia de los Muertos in LA: Muy Bonitos


    In this weeks installment of eye candy we bring you the traditional Day of the Dead celebrations from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (www.ladayofthedead.com) in Los Angeles. Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a multi-day Mexican holiday that spans from the eve of Oct 31 until Nov 2.

    Traditionally, it focuses on friends and family gathering to pay their respects to loved ones who have passed away. Families set up shrines for the deceased, which are colorfully and ornately decorated with religious artifacts, momentos, food and sugar skulls (la calavera de azúcar). Think it sounds morbid? Not at all. When teamed with traditional costumes, traditional calavera makeup, music and community, the whole event feels more like a loving tribute to a culture and its loved ones. As the sun set, we were moved, inspired and grateful to live in a beautiful city like Los Angeles with its diversity, magic and where people come together in this way. Enjoy.


    Sisters in traditional makeup and costumes. “People have been taking their picture all day,” says their mom. Day of the Dead is often confused with Halloween because of the costumes and makeup but both holidays are rooted in very different cultural heritages.


    From the hair and makeup to the family shrines, Dia de los Muertos is a feast of color.


    Altar decorations often include hand cut paper flowers and real marigolds. It is believed that marigolds would guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant color and scent.


    Everyone interprets the calavera (skull) makeup in their own way. The only constant is that they’re all striking.


    The combination of the flower head dress and ornate makeup is just gorgeous.


    One of the more eleborate looks of the day…head-to-toe and a walking work of art.


    One of the things that makes Day of the Dead such a unique celebration is that all ages come together is a unique display of love, color and to pay tribute.


    Here’s a shrine called “The Tree of Life”, which was also the theme of this years celebrations at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Over 40,000 people attended the event to admire the (over 100) altars. Buenas noches!

    All photos by Reuben Reynoso

  • Johnny Was : Traveling into Fall

    The fall season is the perfect time to add special pieces to your wardrobe. Ponchos, jackets, 830 asset1tunics and other layers are abundant and add depth to your closet. Exploring embroideries, plaid prints, and mastering textures, like velvet, can bring a worldly dimension to any wardrobe.

    Fall is definitely your chance to stand out, but also the perfect time to build style with flexible pieces that can shift, as the temperatures often do. Global touches, warmer colors and beautiful artisanal signatures abound in the Johnny Was fall collections. A bonus—investing in these pieces now can make the transition to holiday a seamless affair.

    Our Rebekah Kaftan ($298, right) which can be worn as a dress or as a layering piece over a slip, is the perfect selection for the season. Beautifully embroidered, with a long row of pearl buttons, the rich colors signal a fresh take on a new level of style.

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    When you’re looking to improve on easy base layers, the Sassi Velvet Draped Cardigan ($325, left), available in grey or lavender, adds subtle print, texture, and luxe flavor to the basic white t-shirt and jeans. This cardigan transforms easily into the extraordinary.930 asset1 (1)








    The Greisely Hoodie ($508, right) is a foolproof toss-on-item for a brisk fall morning. With beautiful signature touches of Johnny Was stitching and deliciously subtle earth tones, this jacket delivers an elegant dimension of cozy comfort.

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    The polished plaid look of the Sissa Dress ($328, left) brings the Southwestern Trend to the forefront. Long and lean, with a sense of timeless freedom, dress it up as a jacket or wear it alone over boots.

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    Rich colors and boho-luxe styling bring the Patchwork Shirt ($235, right) to life. The flawless fall lace detailing gives this classic a beautiful touch; playing perfectly over black leggings or denim.



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    The Hanne Kaftan’s ($278, left) intricate detailing makes it a stand out piece for fall. This beyond elegant piece is the ultimate addition, flowing into in to your holiday wardrobe without hesitation.

    At Johnny Was, we believe fall is a time to explore your wanderlust, take trips, and check out that new place that has everyone talking. Have a suggestion on where our next Day Trip should be? Drop us a line at social@johnnywas.com and share YOUR thoughts on where the adventure should take us.

  • October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month



    At Johnny Was, we support those women and families who have been affected by the disease.

    The newly released Johnny Was 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf was designed in the spirit of finding a cure and inspired by hope.

    For each scarf sold at Johnny Was Retail Stores or on johnnywas.com, between October 1 and October 31, 2016, a scarf will be donated to the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. A monetary contribution will also be made to the ACS to honor the cause. This is the second year Johnny Was has created a scarf and given one for every scarf purchased.

    American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high-quality, donated merchandise. For more than 50 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items.

    Visit www.johnnywas.com/shop-for-a-cause for more information.

    Established in 1987 in Southern California, Johnny Was designs timeless clothes and accessories that reflect an effortless elegance and embrace a relaxed lifestyle. Artisanal design and hand craftsmanship defy trends and cross cultures, giving the clothes a global appeal. Small details enhance the bohemian spirit of the brand and are incorporated with exquisite embroidery and luxurious fabrics. The brand includes a full line of fabrics, signature prints and detailed accessories; including unique scarves, handbags, jewelry, fragrance and belts. Johnny Was operates 17 retail boutiques and can also be found at premium retailers and on the web at www.johnnywas.com. (The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service.)


  • 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.



  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Spring Looks Styled By Our Santa Monica Place Store

    Boho Spring Looks Styled by JOHNNY WAS Santa Monica Place

    Spring has sprung in Los Angeles, so we visited our flagship store at Santa Monica Place, the chic retail space at the end of Santa Monica's famed Third Street Promenade, for a bohemian-chic Spring style primer! Click READ MORE to meet the Santa Monica Place team and check out some colorful head-to-toe looks they put together for spring!

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