Jonny Johansson

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Jonny Johansson is the creative director and co-founder of Acne Studios, the Stockholm-based multidisciplinary fashion house.

Early life[edit]

Johansson grew up in the north of Sweden and was originally a guitarist in several rock bands in his youth.[1][2]


In 2002, Jonny and three colleagues founded the ACNE creative collective. ACNE stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expression, but Johansson has also expressed that he liked the idea of ‘appropriating a difficult word’ and making it cool.[3] In 1997, the Acne Studios fashion line was born when Johansson created 100 pairs of raw denim jeans with red stitching and gave them away to friends and family.[4]

Johansson has stated that the early inspiration for Acne Studios came from the Warhol Factory.[5] Johansson is heavily influenced by art, design, literature and music and over the years he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, photographers and designers such as Lanvin, Lord Snowdon and transsexual magazine Candy.[6] His characteristic style is an emphasis on tailoring and the use of eclectic materials and custom fabrics.


  1. ^ Wilson, Eric (October 14, 2009). "Stockholm Label Acne Wants to Be Known for More Than Jeans". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ Swede Jonny Johansson of Acne on style and success - Vogue Australia
  3. ^ Acne: 10 things you should know about the hot fashion brand | Fashion | The Guardian
  4. ^ "Acne: A clear winner". The Independent. 18 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2022-06-14. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ Jonny Johansson Interview Magazine
  6. ^ How Acne Studios Became a Fashion Powerhouse - WSJ