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The New Bedford Area Chamber will Holds its 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Joseph Abboud Lifestyle Designer

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Century House, 107 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and program portion of the event will run from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m.  The Annual Meeting will include a presentation from the keynote speaker, the election of new board members, recognition of outgoing board members and the presentation of the Chamber’s Annual Economic Impact Awards, Outstanding Service Award and the 2015 Education Leadership Award.

Lifestyle designer Joseph Abboud was drawn to the fashion business by a deep appreciation for quality and elegance.  Born in Boston, he studied comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts, where he was later awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts. Shortly after, he went on to attend the Sorbonne in Paris, where he grew to love the sophisticated polish of European style. Over the course of the years, he has served three years as Director of Menswear Design for Polo/Ralph Lauren further refined Abboud’s own vision of Men’s Style.  Since the debut of his first collection in 1987, Abboud has been accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year two years in a row (1989 & 1990) from theCouncil of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  Abboud was honored for Excellence in American Design by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Abboud was reunited with his namesake brand in August 2013 when Men’s Wearhouse acquired JA Holding Inc., the parent company of the celebrated American clothing brand, Joseph Abboud®. Abboud re-launched his label, reestablishing the brand as a sophisticated modern-American lifestyle collection. Abboud is personally involved in every step of the design and manufacturing process. He is grounded, engaging, and possesses an infectious passion for his work. A true artist, Joseph finds inspiration in art, travel, music, and history in passionate pursuit of the next trends in menswear.

The corporate sponsor for the 129th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon’s is Southcoast Health System. Supporting sponsors include Bristol County Savings Bank, Bristol Community College, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Sylvia Group, Waring-Sullivan and Rock Funeral Homes – Dignity Memorial, and media sponsor WBSM/WFHN.

The cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members which includes lunch. Tables and sponsorship opportunities can still be obtained. To register for this event, or for sponsorship information, please contact Deven Tillman at the New Bedford Chamber at (508) 999-5231, ext. 26, or visit


The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business association based in the City of New Bedford, MA. Chartered in 1885, the Chamber serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries in the ten communities of New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, and Westport.  The Chamber supports and promotes the local business community through leadership in public advocacy, education, networking, information, and community development.

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