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Our dear friend, Toby Salk, reminded me that even the most famous people find time to play Mah Jongg! Scroll down to see Julia Roberts’ quote about our favorite game. BTW, my “sister” Johni Levene (the founder of Mah Jongg That’s It on Facebook) was Julia’s teacher so we know for sure that Julia is a top player!


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 lajohni@aol.com.



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:


Exclusive: Givenchy’s New Muse Julia Roberts on Becoming a Supermodel at 47

Z: It’s okay to not have it all. Or not do it all.

JR: For sure. It’s interesting raising children in a time of everything being fast and more. It really makes you realize that even though there’s greatness to all this invention and forward thinking, there’s also greatness to quietness and the simple things in life. Did Riccardo tell you that I told him to make a Givenchy mahjong set?  Well, it’s because I’m obsessed with mahjong, Joe.

JZ: Do you play it? I don’t even know the rules. I’ve always tried to learn!

JR: No, Joe, this is an exclusive! I’m obsessed with mahjong.

JZ: Are the rules hard?

JR: It’s not that hard. I’m still such a beginner, but I have so much fun! Imagine the most chic Givenchy backgammon, dominoes, cards, and mahjong. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

For a retelling of the complete interview, click here.