Johnathan Kayne

Johnathan “Kayne” Gillaspie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Johnathan Kayne comes from a large family that consists of five sisters and two brothers. His grandmothers, mothers and sisters take the credit of teaching Johnathan Kayne to listen to them, understand them, love them, respect them, and show him what makes a woman feel beautiful. The females in his family have taught him emotions and that vulnerability is actually strength and not a weakness. He struggled with his weight for the majority of his childhood and was bullied for it in school. Yet he did not allow the negativity to get him down instead it fueled him to do something about it and he was able to reach his weight goal. That is when he started working in an eveningwear boutique. At the age of 18, Johnathan Kayne was hired at an eveningwear boutique as a sketch artist/salesperson. Helping clients feel beautiful by helping in choosing the right dress, showed Johnathan Kayne how fulfilling it was to make woman happy. Soon after Johnathan Kayne was accepted in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, he gained knowledge about designing, draping, illustration, pattern making and sewing. He graduated magna cum laude and received the acclaimed “Critics Choice Award” for eveningwear. After graduation he went back to his hometown and opened his own boutique where he created custom designs for pageant clients, dancers, and country music artists. Johnathan Kaynes custom designs became noticed and were put in front of judges. At this point in his life he had become a successful fashion designer and business owner. He was selected to compete on Project Runway Season 3 in 2006 and was named in the Top 5 designers. The Johnathan Kayne dress line was launched as well as his award winning shoe line produced by Benjamin Walk Corporation in 2007. By 2012, Johnathan Kayne competed on the second season of Project Runway All Stars and that is where he met with competitor Joshua McKinley. They decided to work on a collection together that marked the first time in history that two Project Runway alum have collaborated together. Not only is Johnathan Kayne designing his clothing line and shoe collection but he also serves as a fashion expert for Country Weekly, Zuus Country and NStyle Country. His designs have been worn by some of the World’s biggest stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and many more. Johnathan Kaynes goal is to help all women no matter size, shape, race or age to wear his designs and feel more beautiful and empowered.

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