Amanda Bond Does Summer at Johnny Was

Local retailer teams with designer for summer pop-up in San Marino
Published on May 19, 2021

Johnny Was, the women’s clothing retail chain that started in 1987 in Los Angeles as a wholesale manufacturer, is opening a Summer Pop-Up at its store in San Marino in support of local artisan and designer Amanda Bond, opening on Friday, May 21.

The 1,250 square-foot store will feature the Johnny Was x Amanda Bond Collaboration and Bond’s mainline collection.

This collaboration of beautiful separates is a modern take on tie-dye — each piece designed locally in Malibu and individually hand-dyed, the chain said.

Bond uses several intricate techniques on cotton and silk to create unique tie-dye, marbled, and rolled dyed textiles. In this Johnny Was Summer Pop-Up, the collection will include long flowy dresses, loungewear, maxi skirts, and tops in a range of colors including pink, purple, blue, orange, and yellow hues. Prices range from $110 to $395.

Bond, a clothing and textile designer, Bond grew up in New York and later moved to Hawaii after studying Art History and Costume Design in college. She worked at an Antique Hawaiiana shop that sold vintage Hawaiian artifacts and clothing and fell in love with the Hawaiian dresses and prints from the 1920s through the 50s.

Bond has been collecting vintage clothes and fabrics and realized she wanted to reinvent the early 20th century seaside style, but in a contemporary way with beautiful colorful prints. She later moved to California, attended fashion design school, and has been in the fashion industry in Los Angeles for the last 15 years.

To learn more about the Johnny Was x Amanda Bond Summer Pop-Up, visit The Summer Pop-Up continues through September 26.

In San Marino, Johnny Was is located at 2529 Mission Street.

For more information, call (626) 403-5610.

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