Designer Spotlight: Joseph Ribkoff

Spring Collection 2018

History in the fashion industry was made 61 years ago when a young man named Joseph Ribkoff decided to use his life savings to make a name for himself as a designer. Now his brand is featured in more than 5000 stores in over 60 countries worldwide.

Ribkoff started his first job in retail working with fashion accessories. A few months into it, his brother recommended working at a clothing production company and he switched career paths. After several years at the company, Ribkoff wanted to work for himself. At the young age of 21, he immersed himself in the world of women’s ready-to-wear fashion. His first complete collection launched in 1957.

Photo Credit: Jacob Ribkoff – Pinterest

O Canada!

All Joseph Ribkoff pieces are designed in Canada. Over 80% of the clothing is made in Quebec. In an interview with the French newspaper La Presse in 2008 Ribkoff said, “My most loyal clientele is in Quebec. My collections are in part created from the comments and suggestions from women in Quebec. They are women who keep up with the latest trends and represent international elegance.1

Today, Joseph Ribkoff still proudly distinguishes himself as one of the most well-known Canadian designers in the world. The founder continues to create beautiful collections for the modern woman. With a team of talented designers, the brand offers classic workwear pieces, formal eveningwear and an exclusive line of casual weekend wear.

1 Source: La Presse 21/09/2008.


Adapted from French by Kylee Ross


Written by Pauline Ponchaux

Straight from Northern France, Pauline has great admiration for “baked-just-right-baguettes”, waffles, and sweets at brunch. Films from the '80s and '90s are almost a religion, and she adores reciting memorized lines from her favourite movies at any given time. Since she moved to Quebec, Pauline has developed a passionate curiosity for the reoccurring discrepancies between the “current temperature” and the “feels like temperature” advertised on The Weather Network. She also likes: reading in the metro, strumming the strings of her ukulele while dreaming of beaches and sunshine, trips to exotic places, Barcelona and Güell architecture (and let’s not forget sangria of course), cats, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and The Beatles.

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