I was getting my hair done the first time I heard of Johnny Was. My elegant French hairstylist, Isabelle, was wearing the most stunning silken printed tunic, its bright southwestern and floral embroidery intermingled along the shoulder line and artfully trailed down the neck. Vines, flowers, birds and Aztec patterns were woven together to create a distinctive and arresting display. She told me she’s been building her collection of Johnny Was clothing for years, admiring the romantic quality of each piece, the gauzy fabrics and the adroit embroidery.
As I explored the brand online, I became obsessed with the boldness of the juxtaposed colors and the delicate fabrics. What I loved most was that the vast majority of pieces were machine washable—I am notoriously bad about going to the dry cleaner. I discovered this brand is obsessively feminine and bubbling with energy. Even the more sedate pieces are ethereal and unearthly.
At the Highland Village location, nestled between Cole Haan and Kate Spade, you will find a plethora of brand signature tunics. Four-foot square South Asian-inspired fringed tapestries peacefully flutter in the central air. Like its neighbors, Johnny Was sports prices that are on the higher end, but the quality and look of each item promise to set you apart from the crowd.
Don’t miss the array of purses fit for a spirited Indian summer or a post-gala glass of wine at Uchi. Romantic dresses designed to perfectly skim over every gorgeous curve are at the ready for Houston’s most upscale events. Pick up the perfect gift for your daughter or niece with bright threaded gypsy bracelets that they will never want to take off. Or you can select a playful and cinematic tassled scarf or brilliantly evocative belt at a more than reasonable price for the perfect summer accessory. A stunning mixture of vintage and modern and unabashedly feminine, Johnny Was is a diamond print in the rough, waiting to be discovered by the most discerning of Houstonians.
Johnny Was is located at 2701 Drexel Dr., Suite B in Highland Village and 9595 Six Pines Dr., suite 920 at Market Street in The Woodlands; johnnywas.com.