The Roslindale Famous


~ Fashion ~




JOSEPH ABBOUD is a Designer of Men’s Clothing.  He was born May 5, 1950 in the South End to a working class Lebanese family.  His family later moved to Roslindale where he attended and graduated from Roslindale High School, class of 1968.  He also attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the Sorbonne in Paris.  Mr. Abboud started his career dying shoes for Thom McAn shoe stores and later sold suits at the Anderson Little clothing store. Abboud notes that his start in the fashion industry began with a job at Louis Boston where he worked as a buyer, merchandiser, coordinator of promotion and advertising.  He states, “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 was the first designer to win the CFDA award as the Best Menswear Designer 2 years in a row.  Joseph Abboud is married with two daughters and currently lives in New York.  Since losing his mother and sister to breast cancer, Abboud has taken a personal interest and become an activist in the fight to cure breast cancer.


ROY J. KARRELL was a graduate of Roslindale High School, Class of 1967.  Mr. Karrell was the founder of Los Angeles based Visage Beaute Cosmetics where he made custom blended cosmetics.  He began his career as a stock boy working for Bloomingdale’s at the Elizabeth Arden counter in New York.  He later moved into management working for Chanel and Lancome, then became vice president of Halston Orlane. He launched his company Visage in his garage with money borrowed from friends and relatives and began selling his customized color line of cosmetics through beauty salons and high end department stores like Nordstrom.  Karrell won over customers with a special service matching favorite shades of lipsticks and eye shadows that were discontinued by other manufacturers.  Karrell sold his company in 1988 but stayed on as CEO and president for the following three years.