About Ceci STYLE
Welcome to Ceci Style, a style and design source I hope will be both inspirational and educational. As an artist and visual stylist, I am excited by the people, places and products that cross my path. It starts with the chic New Yorkers I pass on the way to work, it continues with the great talents I meet at my job and on my travels, and it ends with the fanciful flower arrangements and mouth-watering dishes that welcome me and my husband at our favorite restaurants. These daily encounters provide me with an endless source of pleasure and creativity. Every day I feel like I am living the dream.
Ceci Style is my way of celebrating life and sharing my pursuit of glamorous personal style in hopes that it will encourage you to do the same. Each week I will visit a mood or style I’m feeling and included will be highlights from favorite events we have worked on—sneak peeks into some truly fabulous parties—as well as tips from the experts. I not only want this site to enrich your life with a dose of delightful luxury, but also to make it a source you can always turn to, whether you’re looking for style advice, entertaining ideas, unique travel destinations, last-minute gift ideas or just a daily helping of beauty.
I invite you to see the world of fashion, décor, jewelry, and, of course, invitations through my eyes. It’s all here at your fingertips. Be fearlessly fashionable but never forget your individuality. And, remember, style is more than just a look. It has to do with confidence (mixed with manners, of course). Now, go live your dream!
ABOUT CECI JOHNSON
A force in the design world, Ceci Johnson is an influential and highly regarded entrepreneur, artist, editor-in-chief and loving wife and mother. She is renowned for her creative talents, always pushing the envelope in business and design, as well as with her own fashion-forward style and sophisticated brand aesthetic. Dedicated to a lifetime pursuit of living glamorously through design, Ceci has built a powerhouse atelier and transformed the art of inviting and branding.
Born and raised in Southern California, the theater and arts weren’t just hobbies for Ceci – they were a way of life. Growing up the daughter of a successful business owner, Ceci’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at an early age. Many of the valuable business lessons Ceci has put into practice in her own company were learned while growing up and listening to her father in his office from her bedroom next door. Ceci attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received her degree in Art & Design. As a senior, she was featured on the cover of Communication Arts – a rare honor for a student. Following a short stint designing the national bridal registry kits for the Federated Department Stores, Ceci landed on the East Coast for a job in the web consulting world.
It was in New York, with an invitation she created for a coworker’s wedding, that the Ceci New York story began. One referral lead to another, and another, and Ceci soon realized that the world was lacking in original, innovative and personalized designs. Armed with a clear desire to create the best designs in the world, she established Ceci New York in 2004 and serves as Creative Director today. Ceci was soon pronounced as a leader in the industry winning the prestigious ModernBride “Trendsetter” award and being named an “Expert Stationer” by New York Magazine early in her career. Ceci New York soon expanded beyond the world of weddings into Social & Parties, Corporate, Baby & Kids, Stationery and Home & Gifts.
In the ensuing years, Ceci launched her first retail collection which was sold nationwide and established exclusive partnerships with The Breakers Hotel and German-based paper company Gmund, among others. In 2010, CeciStyle.com was launched. With a devoted and growing following, the online lifestyle magazine fast became a trusted resource for her style tips along with inspirations on invitations, travel, fashion, parties, decor and more. After being named Tory Burch’s “Woman to Watch” and “Invitation Innovator” by WeTV, Ceci’s client list has grown to include many distinguished and notable clients including The President of the United States International Royalty, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katherine Heigl, The Empire State Building, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Regarded as a pioneer in the industry, Ceci has been invited regularly to speak to women in business, designers, wedding industry professionals and other entrepreneurial groups bringing her expertise and experience to audiences around the world. This platform has given her the opportunity to interact with other entrepreneurs and see that her prowess can be used to help businesses escape their ruts and separate themselves from the pack. One of her passions lies in mentoring and consulting with other entrepreneurs as the first step in changing the path they’re on and transforming their strategy, branding and design for the better.
After years of focusing on her own business and brand, Ceci has been able to use her unique abilities 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. Through their artistry, Ceci and her team are honored to support their mission and bring joy in an impactful, beautiful way by donating designed party décor, birthday cards (which many have never even been given before), personalized place mats, and birthday party banners each month. With over 10,000 kids celebrated and even more cupcakes consumed, each party follows a fun theme Ceci New York is proud to enhance. It is truly the heartbeat of Ceci New York as every order placed helps these amazing children in need on their birthday.
Twelve years later, Ceci’s love of paper, design, fashion and innovation still drives her to create original pieces, bringing the ultimate in luxury branding to clients around the globe while beautifying and simplifying your world every day.
Ceci and her husband, Alan Johnson, a fashion executive, split their time between New York City and Connecticut with their son, Mason, and daughter, Elle.
ABOUT CECI NEW YORk
Ceci New York is design. Established in 2004, we are an original, visionary, luxury brand set out to beautify and simplify your world, every day. Inspired by the glamorous and sophisticated; the creative process we navigate lies at the crossroads of beauty and function. We share our passions through one-of-kind, fashionable and innovative products. This is our mark on the world.
At the core is Founder and Creative Director, Ceci Johnson. Ceci embodies luxury in all she does and is relentless in her lifetime pursuit of producing the perfect balance of beauty and happiness for her clients. Regarded as a pioneer after transforming the age-old industry of invitation design and elevating Ceci New York to an award-winning, highly regarded lifestyle brand, Ceci’s desire is to create the unexpected, never-before-seen, statement-making products for the world’s elite. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the online lifestyle magazine, Ceci Style and is highly sought after for her advice and tips on fashion, entertaining and living a stylish life.
Headquartered in the heart of New York City, Ceci New York spans not only the world of weddings, but also Social & Parties, Baby & Kids, Home & Gifts as well as Corporate Events and Identity. With all of the designs and graphics authentically created in-house and under Ceci’s direction, the team is committed to pushing the envelope of what’s possible in design and beyond.
It’s with this artistry that we are proud to give back to others through our gift of design. Cementing Ceci’s passion for helping children, Ceci New York and The Birthday Party Project teamed up in 2015. We are honored to contribute to their mission in an impactful and beautiful way. Every Ceci New York purchase helps bring joy to children in need on their birthdays.
Ceci is a company for, and about, the endless desire to set yourself apart and be unique in all you do. Designed for those who appreciate beauty, but don’t always have a lot of time on their hands, the original, custom artwork we create, the products we make, and the people we reach are all part of that pursuit Ceci is on. From your wedding invitations to your children’s birthday parties to writing the perfect thank you note, Ceci New York has you covered and will beautify your world along the way.