Who owns Joseph Abboud? – Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Books, Net Worth, Suits

Joseph Abboud Biography

Joseph Abboud is a fashion designer and author from the United States. Abboud creates clothing for men and women that is a unique blend of American sportswear and North African colors and textures.


How old is Joseph Abboud? – Age

He is 72 years old as of 5 May 2022. He was born in 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph Abboud Family – Education

The Abbouds were a working-class Lebanese Maronite Catholic family from Boston’s South End who later relocated to Roslindale. Joseph, Abboud’s father, worked in a candy factory, and Lila, his mother, was a seamstress. Nancy Ash, his only sister, died of breast cancer, as did Lila. Abboud earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972 from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and then went on to study at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Is Joseph Abboud married? – Wife

On June 6, 1976, Abboud married Lynn Weinstein. They live in Bedford, New York, with their two daughters.

Where are Joseph Abboud suits made?

The Joseph Abboud factory is located an hour outside of Boston in the thriving small town of New Bedford. Every suit produced by Abboud’s namesake and Men’s Wearhouse collections is created in the massive space alongside Buzzards Bay.

Joseph Abboud Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $65 million.

Joseph Abboud Books

Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion, written by Abboud, describes the fashion industry in detail, from designing and selling clothes to naming colors. He also discusses some of his negative experiences, such as racial profiling following the September 11th attacks, a court battle over legal rights to his name, and a failed flagship store that is now occupied by Donna Karan.

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Joseph Abboud Photo

Joseph Abboud Career

He worked in high school for Thom McAn, dyeing women’s shoes, and then for Anderson-Little, where he sold suits. He worked part-time at Louis Boston while in college. “Louis Boston was a huge part of my career,” Abboud said. At the age of 23, Abboud began working as a buyer for Louis Boston. He worked as a buyer, merchandiser, and eventually promotion and advertising coordinator for twelve years.

Abboud joined Ralph Lauren in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become associate director of menswear design. In the spring of 1987, he launched his own label. JA Apparel was founded in 1988 as a joint venture between Abboud and GFT (Gruppo Finanziario Tessile) USA.

Abboud collaborated with fashion director Peter Speliopoulos in 1991.Abboud was the first designer to be named Best Menswear Designer by the CFDA two years in a row. Many of Abboud’s famous friends, including American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, author and former TV news anchor Tom Brokaw, and former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, are also his customers.

In 2000, Abboud sold his trademarks and name to JA Apparel for $65 million. In 2004, the company was purchased for $73 million by private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates, and Abboud left JA Apparel in 2005. In 2007, Abboud debuted a new line called Jaz. In 2008, he also designed the Black Brown 1826 collection for Lord & Taylor. The year 2008 also saw the opening of Abboud’s first Chinese stores.

Abboud was appointed chief creative officer of HMX, the parent company of the Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman brands, in 2010. In 2011, HMX made a $90 million offer to purchase JA Apparel. He was appointed Chief Creative Director of Men’s Wearhouse in December 2012. Men’s Wearhouse Inc. (now Tailored Brands Inc.) reacquired the Abboud and JOE by Joseph Abboud trademarks in 2013 while employing Abboud as its creative director.

After regaining legal ownership of his brand in 2013, Abboud launched e-commerce, opened a Madison Avenue flagship store, and staged full-scale fashion shows. WHP Global purchased the Joseph Abboud trademarks from Tailored Brands in March 2020. In turn, Tailored Brands signed a licensing agreement with WHP Global to continue selling and renting Joseph Abboud apparel and select accessories in the United States and Canada.