Growing up in Rhode Island and Palm Beach, Julie Harrah has fashion in her blood - from her grandfather who had a menswear line to her grandmother who loved clothes and was on a first name basis with fashion legends such as Sara Fredericks. Julie’s passion for vintage evolved from her affinity for the glamorous, strong women of the seventies: Veruschka, Marisa Berenson and Diana Ross. After college, Harrah moved to Los Angeles for graduate school and worked as an assistant to a wardrobe stylist for TV shows; diving into the costume warehouses only deepened her love of vintage textiles.
Hunting for textiles led Julie to collecting vintage caftans and resort wear, primarily from the '60s and '70s - a time when printing textiles was less expensive and designers had more freedom to take risks. The silks were bold with beautiful patterns and woven with lurex thread to add a touch of sparkle. She began wearing these special pieces, often tailored and reworked for her, and she realized there was a market for that old school '70s feeling of formal informality. What began with a personal quest for a cover-up that could take her from the beaches of Hawaii to the shores of Capri became the seeds of a business. While on vacation in Hawaii in 2013, she was approached to recreate the beach kimono she was wearing for a chain of high-end boutiques. This is how JH Julie Harrah was born, and it has grown organically from a resort line to luxury hostess wear ever since.
JH Julie Harrah has been worn by celebrities like Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Molly Sims and India Hicks.