The Boston Public Library is pleased to host fashion designer JOSEPH ABBOUD as part of the Druker Lecture series. ABBOUD will share from his memoir, Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion.
Born in Boston, Joseph Abboud studied at the University of Massachusetts and the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1968, Abboud joined the prestigious retail store Louis Boston. Over the course of twelve years, he served as buyer, merchandiser, and coordinator of promotion and advertising. Launching his namesake brand in 1987, Abboud created an exceptional style sensibility, infused with intelligence, grace, and ease. Abboud has been accorded numerous honors including the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year in 1989 and 1990 (the only designer to have received it two years in a row), the Special Achievement Award from the Neckwear Association of America (1994), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from MRMagazine (2016). Abboud joined Tailored Brands, Inc. as its chief creative director in 2012 and was reunited with the Joseph Abboud brand when Tailored Brands, Inc. acquired JA Holding, Inc. in August 2013.
The annual Druker Lecture was established by the Druker family in 2001 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Druker Company and its three generations of development and philanthropy in the City of Boston and to commemorate the family’s longstanding relationship with the Boston Public Library. Speakers are selected for their outstanding contributions to the world of urban art and architecture.