Although you probably haven’t heard of Juliet Johnstone yet, we expect to see more of the artist’s flower-power pieces soon. The artist is best known for her customized Carharrt pants, which were worn by Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid, and she’s now expanding her one-of-kind designs from painted pants to pullover fleeces.
Johnstone graduated from Parsons and she started experimenting by making wearable artwork. Her idea to create pullover fleeces came naturally to her as she’s been wearing them for a while, but was never able to find one that spoke to her.
The artist told Vogue UK that she was searching eBay for ’80s and ’90s fleeces in bold colors, but she could never come across one that fit her the right way. “The one issue for me was, the fit was never right. The women’s fleece was a tailored cut and was meant to hug the body, which I did not want. The small men’s fleece was a cooler and boxier fit, but it was too long and didn’t fit the shoulders.”
Like any great designer, she decided to solve this issue by creating her own and her painted fleece sweatshirts come with elastic and cord stoppers at the bottom so they can fit any gender.
But when it comes to fashion, Johnstone doesn’t consider herself a fashion designer, rather she views herself as an artist. And her first collection mirrors this as she’s only creating the pieces after they are purchased so clothes aren’t wasted and the sweaters are only available for pre-order for a week. After that time, the design won’t be available.
Pre-order for the locally-made fleeces featuring tiger lilies ends October 30.