I met Kevin Johnn in 1987 when I moved from NYC to Chicago to be the buyer for Russo, one of the cities most progressive designer boutiques. The store carried both European and American designers (including several local Chicago brands) and Kevin was one of the designers we bought. I remember his first collection, it was a navy and black medley of suit jackets, skirts, and shorts, as well as the perfect little black dress. The jackets were sleeveless, some with cutouts and some backless, and if I am correct Kevin was one of the first to pair shorts with fitted sexy seamed jackets. Nobody was doing that back then.
His vision today is just as on point as it was back then. He has a superior eye for detail and seam work, and his draping skills are second to none. Last week we had a chance to talk about life post Project Runway, what he’s up to now, and his plans for the future.