Brett Johnson is hoping to expand his reach in Europe and has opened a showroom on Via Manzoni in Milan to showcase his fall collection.
The American designer launched his eponymous collection in 2013 and opened a showroom and retail store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 2017. That location will remain open.
Johnson said the collection is currently carried in 15 wholesale accounts in Europe and Asia and the goal for this season is to add another 30 doors. The showroom in Milan is 3,200 square feet.
The collection offers classically inspired outerwear, knitwear, trousers and leathers inspired by Johnson’s upbringing in Virginia. Key pieces include soft-shoulder blazers in cashmere and alpaca, a variety of bombers, parkas, field jackets and peacoats in leather, suede, shearling or cashmere. The color palette is mainly neutral with white, forest green, mustard yellow and a variety of blues and grays.
Johnson, the son of Black Entertainment Television founders Robert and Sheila Johnson, got his start designing his own interpretation of the Nike Air Force One sneakers and then branched out into apparel. The Brett Johnson line of outerwear, knitwear, woven shirts and trousers are all manufactured in Florence.