Dedicated to a lifetime pursuit of glamourous style through design, Ceci Johnson has built a powerhouse atelier and, with her impressive background in fine arts and graphic design, single-handedly transformed the art of inviting and branding.
A CREATIVE POWERHOUSE
Ceci’s design agency, Ceci New York, is globally regarded as the leader in luxury invitation design. Ceci herself has been widely recognized as the founder of “Couture Invitation Design.” Her fashion-forward style and sophisticated aesthetic have lead her to be named by Tory Burch as a “Woman to Watch”and called by Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine, “a favorite designer.” WeTV named Ceci Johnson as their network's Invitation Innovator and Expert and Harper's Bazaar crowned Ceci an "invitation Idol".FOLLOW CECI ON INSTAGRAM
Born and raised in Southern California, the arts weren’t just hobbies for Ceci – they were a way of life. Growing up the daughter of a small business owner, Ceci’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at an early age. Many of the valuable business lessons Ceci has put into practice were learned while growing up listening to her father in his office.
Ceci received her degree in Art & Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and as a senior was featured on the cover of Communication Arts Magazine and named one of the top ten young artists in the nation – a rare honor, let alone for a student! Post graduation, Ceci moved from San Diego to New York City for a role as creative director with a leading design agency. It was at that NYC agency and with an invitation she created for a coworker’s wedding, that the Ceci New York story began.
In 2004, armed with a fierce desire to disrupt an industry not offering true “couture” designed invitations, Ceci established her eponymous New York agency. Ceci New York has since won numerous design awards from around the globe and now designs for international luxury brands, celebrities, rock stars, artists, royalty, dignitaries, presidents, titans of industry and design savvy clients around the world. Her corporate client list includes “The Emmy’s,” global fashion houses, Baccarat, Perrier Jouet, Patek Philippe and leading international resorts to name just a few.
Ceci is also a highly sought-after speaker on branding, design and entrepreneurship for women in business. She travels around the world speaking to luxury symposiums, conferences and to prominent companies such as Goldman Sachs and Adobe in the USA, India, Africa and across the continent of Europe.
After years of focusing on her own business and brand, Ceci has been able to use her unique skills and the creative power of Ceci New York to give back to causes close to her heart. At the center of Ceci New York’s philanthropic efforts is their partnership with The Birthday Party Project, a non-profit dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.
CECI ON HER ROLES
The creative process I navigate for each client and collection is truly the heartbeat of my business and what sets it apart. It’s when ideas and innovations meet and where the endless possibilities come to life!
I have grown along with my business, and becoming a mother has allowed me to create more leadership opportunities for others. My family constantly pushes me to work smarter, not harder.
I thought success looked like a straight line that only went up. In reality, it looks more like a roller coaster, complete with ups, downs and wild curves. Be prepared to weather the ride and keep standing strong through it all. No matter what.
I design not only for beauty, but also for success. Helping fellow entrepreneurs escape their business ruts and watching their dreams grow as a result of our work is the ultimate joy.
APPEARANCES & TALKS
Ceci Johnson travels the globe speaking to fellow designers, women in business, wedding industry professionals and other entrepreneurial groups. She presents on a number of topics ranging from her own inspirational creative journey, to how to run a profitable, sustainable business while maintaining a work/life balance and successfully branding your company.
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Ceci Johnson travels the world speaking to audiences from Moscow to India and on topics ranging from branding to the creative process and running a business. If you are interested in having Ceci present at your event we would love to hear from you!