Elliot Hans Johnson (Landmark ’98) is my cousin by marriage (my father’s fourth marriage), friend of the Truffle, and married to gorgeous, Turkish socialite Burcak Kaya Johnson. Together they design Literature Noir clothing.
Elliot broke into fashion at his father’s (my step-uncle) prom dress company LA-Glo. Years later he formed Morphine Generation with friends, though went their separate ways some time later.
He sold his share in order to create Literature Noir. Kaya hails from Istanbul but did most of her living and studying
of fashion design in London. She now practices her creativity and free thought developing Literature Noir in L.A.
The two are on the cusp again this season, beating everyone else to the punch with an early fall kick off for fashion week. Tomorrow night Literature Noir will celebrate founder Elliot Hans Johnson’s 30th birthday at an “old, dirty castle” (his words, not mine) underneath the Hollywood sign. Kissing booths, jugglers and a magician will play backdrop to their fall fashion preview, and Elliot’s 30th birthday!
I was ecstatic to hear he was starting Literature Noir with his wife as that was sure to mean womenswear!
Kaya resembles Audrey Hepburn with an Eastern European touch. She has an effortlessly chic look that perfectly matches Elliot “come here, go away” motif. They gave each other black diamonds as wedding rings and have a guest room in their West Hollywood home completely filled with saved Hermes boxes, they call it the “orange room”.
In 2007 Womens Wear Daily (WWD) named Elliot Hans and Kaya B. “Designers to Watch in Los Angeles” after seeing their “Goth-meets-rococo collection … informed by the time they spend in London and Instanbul.”
Their celebrity clientele include Marilyn Manson, Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba and Pete Wentz. The clothes are available at Kitson, H. Lorenzo, Theodore and Planet Blue.
As for the “dirty, old castle” party for the fall preview and Elliot’s birthday … a shuttle took guests from a parking lot on Hollywood and Vine where the check in was set up. I brought along my two little ex-step sisters (from my father’s third marriage).