Established in New York in 1980 by the Lebanese American designer of the same name, Johnny Farah offers a range of high-end leather goods including handbags, belts, shoes and accessories.
" The result is a set of unique pieces belonging to a collection of meticulous craftsmanship and a distinct signature style."
Leather and brass hardware is custom made for every item, and the result is a set of unique pieces belonging to a collection of meticulous craftsmanship and a distinct signature style. The accessories are molded from premium quality vegetable-tanned hides; this tanning process preserves the natural beauty of the leather. The hardware is made from hand-molded high quality solid brass that ages beautifully, giving more character to each piece.
All the Johnny Farah pieces are designed and manufactured in Lebanon. The label is sold worldwide, with retailers in Europe, USA, the Middle East, and Asia.
Johnny Farah’s early influences came from Copenhagen. While living there in the 1970s, he developed a particular interest in the simplicity and practicality of Scandinavian architecture and furniture design. It was his life-changing encounters with architects like Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner that were the catalyst for Johnny’s decision to leave mechanical engineering school and concentrate on his leather design, which up until then was only a means to support his studies.
" He developed a particular interest in the simplicity and practicality of Scandinavian architecture and furniture design."
Johnny has also worked and lived in Beirut, New York and Istanbul. He opened his first IF boutique in Beirut and in the late 70s and shortly after was among the first to open a boutique in the Meat Packing district in New York. Both IF and Johnny received much interest at the time including several lunch invitations from Andy Warhol.
His IF stores stock products from some of the world’s most highly acclaimed designers and continue to play a distinct role in the New York fashion scene. Today, Johnny owns five IF shops in Beirut, New York and Dubai in addition to his Johnny Farah flagship store in Beirut.
Throughout the 1990’s Johnny worked as the head accessories designer for a number of high-end labels including Coach, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.
Johnny believes strongly in Lebanese artisans and their work, moving all his production from Turkey to Lebanon in 2005. This has enabled him to support the community, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.