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Judy's love for fashion goes back as long as she can remember. ”My Dad, a fashion industry executive gave me my first sewing machine and taught me to sew when I was 5. Barbie was my first muse”, she jokes.
Judy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University where she majored in apparel design. She also attended The London College of Fashion. From 1984 to 1988 she designed for a junior sportswear company in New York City. Twice a year heading to European to research emerging fashion trends. Then travelling to Southeast Asia and Europe where the garments were made. A high point in Judy’s career was seeing her designs displayed in Macy’s Herald Square window in New York City.
A call to the West led her to the San Francisco Bay area where she headed the design team for a lingerie company until the early 1990's. After years of fast-paced life, she was ready to settle down. She and her husband moved to the Ottawa Valley in Canada and in 1992 together established Judy Joannou Designs.
She loves connecting with her customers one-on-one, providing expert advice in silhouette, colour and fit. "That was the missing link for me as a designer in the fashion industry. Getting to know my customers personally, earning their trust, and helping them look fabulous is the most rewarding part of my job. My customers are no longer Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Victoria’s Secret. They are Alice, Barb, Betty, Doris, Carole, Diane…”
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