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Joseph Abboud is an American menswear fashion designer.
The Abboud family was a working-class Lebanese Maronite
Catholic family that started out in the South End of Boston,
and later moved to Roslindale. 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
While in high school, he worked first for Thom McAn dyeing women’s
shoes and then the Anderson-Little men’s store, where he sold suits.
As a college student, he worked part-time at Louis Boston.
Abboud joined Ralph Lauren in 1981, eventually becoming associate
director of menswear design. He launched his own label in spring 1987.
In 1988, JA Apparel was created as a joint venture between Abboud and GFT
(Gruppo Finanziario Tessile) USA. Abboud sold his trademarks and
name to JA Apparel in 2000.