Thursday, May 07, 2009
Johnny has been designing for over five years, but already holds an impressive resume. After attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, he began working alongside RAMPAGE STORE’s design director in San Diego. After a short stint, he moved back to Los Angeles to develop private labels for Urban Outfitters, Arden B., and Macys. Johnny landed a job developing a contemporary line for Nordstrom, and eventually created his own collection, Grandma's Glock, a modern day streetwear line. Johnny's successful collection consisted of fashion forward basics that barred no gender. Grandma's Glock was featured on the cover of Women's Wear Daily, and is sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Korea. Johnny's second line, House of Bare, exhibits his opinionated personal aesthetic – messy, oversized garments that can be worn in multiple ways to give consumers the ability to make each piece their own. In addition, Johnny is currently the creative director for Welcome Hunter’s, a new concept store featuring edgy designers from around the world. He is also developing his own line under the Welcome Hunter’s label that will boast avant-garde and flamboyant styles at moderate price points. Johnny is turned off by most mainstream designers, and instead draws inspiration from the more radical, underground scene. "Fashion should be adventurous. You shouldn't take it so seriously."