Designing for over five years, Johnny R. attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and carefully built up his impressive list of credentials. He began his career by working alongside RAMPAGE STORE’s design director in San Diego before moving back to Los Angeles and developing private labels for Urban Outfitters, Arden B., and Macys. He then found himself busy with a contemporary line for Nordstrom before launching his own collection - Grandma's Glock, a modern day streetwear line. It was featured on Women’s Wear Daily, and is being sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Korea.
Deciding to branch out even more, Johnny came up with his second line called House of Bare, which portrays his personal aesthetic. His unique vision conceived messy, oversized garments that can be worn in multiple ways to give consumers the ability to make each piece their own. Other than that, he is the creative director for Welcome Hunter’s, a new concept store featuring edgy designers from around the world. Johnny has also been working on a new line under that label. The radical designer believes that “Fashion should be adventurous. You shouldn't take it so seriously.”
Johnny R. became known as one of the contestants for Bravo’s reality series The Fashion Show, joining fourteen other aspirants in the competition of their careers. They all worked under the guidance of three judges: internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi, four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland, and fashion luminary and Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis. Each designer went head to head for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market, with the winner going home with a $125,000 cash prize. After winning several mini-challenges and one main challenge on the competition, Johnny R. soon found himself being sent home in episode 10, right before the finals.