Yesterday I posted some news about Julia Roberts asking Givenchy to design a Mah Jongg set for her. Well, last week a group of designers met with Julia’s Mah Jongg teacher, Johni Levene, to find inspiration from her collection of amazing Mah Jongg sets and accessories. Um…if they couldn’t find some inspiration here, it just doesn’t exist! BTW, if you are looking for a teacher extraordinaire in the Los Angeles area, or you are interested in buying a vintage set (or two, or three…), don’t hesitate to contact Johni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in April I posted photos of a number of Mah Jongg sets created by design houses such as Hermes, Cartier, Donna Karen, Louis Vuitton, etc. Well, a new designer of Mah Jongg sets may be poised to enter the scene and all of that will be thanks to none other than Julia Roberts (who was taught the game by Los Angeles teacher and collector extraordinaire, Johni Levene). JR is apparently over the moon about our beloved game and, as the newest ambassador of Givenchy, she has asked them to design a set for her. In fact, she discusses her love of the game in this excerpt from her interview with Joe Zee, the Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style: