The Love Story
Oh Johnny Forever is a love story. And a research project.
On April 11, 1948, 21-year old Marianne, a Swiss saleswoman, and John, an Italian-American G.I. stationed in Germany, met at a club in Switzerland’s capital Bern. They danced all night and were married a year later in New York City. Whenever John teased his wife during their 66 years together, Marianne would exclaim “Oh Johnny!” in a loving yet determined way. They both loved Jazz, cocktail hour, a dining room filled with old and new friends who devoured Marianne’s homemade meatballs and angel-hair pasta.
Marianne and John were my grandparents and Oh Johnny Forever is in honor of their love story.
Oh Johnny Forever was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 2011 and is now based in Brooklyn, NYC. We source high-quality materials and assemble them in timeless, versatile and alluring ways, while aiming to remain affordable and accessible. We don’t believe in trends or ridiculous margins and don’t consider ourselves as jewelry designers but assemblers of existing forms. Our signature piece, the Polpo earring (Italian for squid) is the perfect example of this technique. Combining a conventional silver hoop with a gold-filled bead coming together in a beautiful Eureka moment.
We consider Oh Johnny a work-in-progress. We are always learning, while trying to be as efficient and as ecological as possible. When we receive orders through our online shop, we wrap them in recycled pages of The New Yorker which we read religiously every week. The pouches that carry the jewelry are hand-sewn by women in Bucharest, Romania, because a family member resides there, and the fabric we use are scraps from here and there (mainly from our mother’s and grandmother’s chests).
Please read the materials and care section for more technical information.
Thank you forever.