Franklin Report Report Card for Deborah Johnson Studio in New York City
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Deborah Johnson Studio
969 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-1362
Main Contact: Deborah Johnson
Bespoke Clothing
Debutante Dresses

Services & Specialties
One-of-a-kind women's clothing for special occasions

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FR Review:
In an age in which "bespoke" is a term applied to just about anything, Deborah Johnson Studio is one of the few remaining bastions of truly bespoke clothing in New York City. All of the garments produced at this Upper East Side atelier are made-to-measure and constructed by highly-specialized seamstresses in the best fabrics, particularly double face, cashmere knit and silk chiffon. The emphasis is on formal dresses for special occasions, though they do a decent amount of suits and evening jackets too. Johnson's style is quintessentially classic, with great lines and clean colors--never a lot of print. Johnson herself, and the mood at the studio, is described as "nothing short of fabulous."

Johnson has operated her own studio for over 20 years. She employs a staff of approximately 15 seamstresses, finishers, and pressers, but Johnson personally meets with all clients to discuss the garment at hand and performs the initial fitting herself. Clients are given a plethora of customization options, including fabric, color, trimmings--even desired neckline or pocket depth. The pattern is cut to the client's specifications and a checking fit takes place at the studio a few weeks later, at which time any number of final details are tweaked. Delivery is typically six to eight weeks after the order is placed, though rush is available in certain cases.

With bespoke pieces come bespoke prices: gowns start at $2,800, jackets at $4,000 and suits at $5,000. "Her pieces are indeed expensive," said one client, "but where else can you get such elegant pieces cut precisely to your size?" And though Johnson typically draws on existing designs in her 200+ collection as a starting point, the high degree of customization options make this studio a go-to when something truly one of a kind is called for.

Representative Client Comments:
"Deborah is an amazing talent. She has a sixth sense of what you need and what will look amazing." "Deborah is so accommodating--she'll make even the smallest of changes." "When you wear something from Deborah's studio, you're wearing something beautiful that you never have to think or worry about." "She's good at keeping her appointments spaced so that you don't feel rushed." "Deborah made my daughter's wedding dress, the bridesmaid dresses and my own dress for the occasion--everything was amazingly beautiful and unique." "I'm recommending her constantly." "The workmanship of the staff is consistently excellent."

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Posted 1/25/2011
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Susan Dresner New York ,NY

Bottom Line:
One of New York's best kept secrets.
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Project Description & Comments:
Deborah's studio does such hard work, creating the very best couture pieces. Deborah understands exactly what an occasion calls for, whether a fundraiser, gala or an important conference. Best of all, usually only one or two fittings are required until the piece fits perfectly.
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