RUSSELL JOHNSON IMPORTS was created because of a visit to the Sunday Flea Market in San Telmo, one of the city's historic neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There Russell Johnson, founder and president, came across a family selling a collection of beautiful vintage seltzer bottles from the 1930s. Russell not only bought as many as he could carry, he also bonded with the family and promised to keep in touch.
Back in the States, he showed the bottles to a few of his interior design colleagues. They fell in love and immediately bought him out. Soon he was contacting the family about getting more and, on his next visit, met another family at the San Telmo Sunday Flea Market, they had vintage rotary phones! Then came another family with vintage apothecary bottles and, before he knew it, Russell had created RUSSELL JOHNSON IMPORTS.
It makes perfect sense that our extraordinary vintage products would come from a place as intoxicating and sophisticated as Buenos Aires. Known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is a city abundant with history, creativity and culture, and, thanks to the fascinating people who live there, ample amounts of personality. It is this unique combination that gives Buenos Aires its beauty and vitality which, for us, continues to be a boundless source of inspirations.
Russell Johnson Imports carries a diverse mix home accessories and limited edition archival prints and is a great resource for anyone looking to infuse interiors with a vintage flair or great art. Russell has one simple rule. " If I don't go 'Wow' when I see it then it's a 'Ciao'".