Worship95’s tagline is “Worship me while I’m here,” and people certainly seem to be listening. With on-trend tapestry crewnecks, gothic prints, and a growing fan club that includes the likes of Polo G and Tyler Herro, designer Javontae Johnson is only just getting started. Below, the 27-year old creative talks ‘00s streetwear, Virgil Abloh, and a need for simplicity.
Where are you from, and where are you now?
Chicago, and Chicago.
What is your first memory with streetwear?
I would say I was introduced to streetwear through two phases in my life: as a kid, and as a teenager. As a kid I was exposed to things like Coogi, Rocawear, Phat Farm, Sean John, and Platinum Fubu through my parents. Then I became a teenager, I started to shop for myself, and I started wearing brands like BAPE, Blac Label, Ed Hardy, Evisu, and LRG. Most of my looks were inspired by rap artists like Lil Wayne, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana—the rap/rockstar era was a raw movement.
If you had to compress your personal style into one outfit, what would it be?
Black nylon or denim pants, black boots, and a dropped-shoulder or cropped sweatshirt.
When did you first feel inspired to create your own designs?
I was first inspired to make clothing in high school. At that time it seemed impossible—I didn't have the resources to make the type of clothing I wanted, nor did I even know where to start. I first started selling clothes in 2017, years later, when I finally had the time and resources.
Describe your design aesthetic in one sentence, if you can
My design aesthetic is inspired by whatever is inspiring me at the time, simple as that.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
No specific place, it more so has to do with timing and what I'm doing at the moment. Inspiration comes to me randomly.
Which living designer do you most admire?
Virgil Abloh—he's very versatile, like myself.
What’s your biggest creative or career milestone so far?
It’s hard to say. As for the future, my goals include becoming one of the best high-end streetwear brands around and getting a job as the creative director of a luxury fashion house.
How do you want people to feel when wearing your designs?
I want them to feel good, and to feel like the best-dressed person in their environment.
What would you most like to change about the current fashion industry?
I would like people to start getting their point across with more simplistic designs and outfits. I enjoy the risky looks and designs, but most designers abuse them.