100 Creatives

Phoenix Fashion Designer Cody Nathaniel Johnson: 100 Creatives

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 5. Cody Nathaniel Johnson.

Though Cody Nathaniel Johnson's fashion designs look ultra-modern, his approach is steeped in tradition.

When he was a kid growing up on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Johnson's aunts Ruby Thomas and Dorina Garcia taught him how to hand sew horsehair baskets using a small needle, a thimble, and a single stand of horsehair. Looking back, the 26-year-old designer says the experience "taught me a lot of patience and craftsmanship that I put into my work all the time."

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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