Drawing from his own unique set of experiences and talents, JN conveys his eclectic background and passions in each of his pieces. Johnny Nelson was born in England and raised in Brooklyn. His biggest influences include Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and the iconic neighborhood jewelers that elevated hip-hop culture in the 80's and 90's. These influences are apparent in his pieces which highlight pioneers, icons, and symbolism from popular culture, Black communities, and Urban Landscapes. In 2019 when the jewelry designer collaborated with PYER MOSS For Kerby Jean Raymond and award winning director, Lena Waithe by designing the custom iconic portrait buttons for their suits featured at the 2019 Met Gala. For NY Fashion Week, the designer designed sculptural hair beads, neck pieces, and earrings featuring 21 influential women and musicians of color. The pieces featured women from various eras to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce , Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, and Rihanna. While important, JNJ is about more than the heritage heirloom pieces it offers; Johnny see's at as an opportunity to bridge community, curate a network of Black & Brown creatives, and celebrate the art of life.