Joseph Abboud (born circa 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an award winning Lebanese American menswear fashion designer and author. The Abboud family was a working class Christian Lebanese family that started out in the South End of Boston and later moved to the Roslindale section of Boston. Abboud"s mother, Lila, was a seamstress. On a trip to Australia, Abboud discovered that his great grandfather had owned Australia"s largest men"s tailored clothing company. He now has two daughters, Lila and Ari, and resides in Bedford, New York with his family in a large private home.
Abboud graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1972, then studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He turned down a teaching position at the Brookline High School.
Abboud first started working in the fashion industry as a 16 year old working part time at Louis Boston. Abboud stated: Louis Boston was a huge part of my career. I really landed in a world of very glamorous style, beautiful clothes, just the world of what international fashion was about. If this had never happened, then the rest of it wouldn"t have happened.
Abboud joined Ralph Lauren in 1981, eventually becoming associate director of menswear design. He launched his own label in 1986. In 1991 Abboud worked with fashion director Peter Speliopoulos. Abboud was the first designer to win the CFDA award as Best Menswear Designer two years in a row.
Abboud designs the modern contemporary privately owned sportwear brand Black & Brown for upscale specialty department store Lord & Taylor.
Many of Abboud"s famous friends are also his customers, including American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, author and former TV news anchor Tom Brokaw, and former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.
GM offered an Joseph Abboud Limited Edition Buick Rendezvous for 2004 and 2005, and an Joseph Abboud Limited Edition Buick Regal GS and LS from 2001 to 2004.
While JA Apparel still has rights to his name, Abboud is running his own line, called Jaz.
Abboud"s Threads book cover
Abboud wrote Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High Stakes World of Fashion. He thoroughly describes the fashion industry from designing and selling clothes to naming colors. He also writes about some of the negative experiences that he has endured such as racial profiling after the September 11 attacks, a court battle over legal rights to his name, and a failed flagship store that is now occupied by Donna Karan.
Breast cancer activism
Abboud"s mother and sister both succumbed to breast cancer. As a result, Abboud has become a breast cancer activist who designed a one of a kind GMC Sierra vehicle to fund raise for a Concept:Cure charity event and has participated in many other charity events for breast cancer research.
Abboud was honored as one of five Men for the Cure by GQ magazine and General Motors" Concept:Cure during a breast cancer fund raiser. Concept:Cure raised $2.6 million for breast cancer organizations.
Abboud stated: Concept:Cure is a very special program for me. My mother and sister died from breast cancer. It"s a disease we really have to find a cure for. I know I speak for my colleagues when I say (Concept:Cure) is not about a monetary or PR opportunity for us, it"s about doing something really good. In media and sports
Abboud frequently appeared on Don Imus"s radio show and is a regular caller to the New York City radio station, WFAN, to discuss his beloved Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees" rival. In 2002, Abboud was the first fashion designer to throw out the opening pitch at Boston"s Fenway Park for a Red Sox game.
Abboud was referenced in the Seinfeld episode The Wig Master and in the The Wire episode Bad Dreams.
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