A force in the design world, Ceci Johnson is an influential and highly regarded entrepreneur, artist, editor 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 Magazine – 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 children 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.
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.
Ceci Johnson travels the globe speaking to fellow designers, women in business, wedding industry professionals and other entrepreneurial groups. She presents 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.
Bringing her varied experience and award-winning expertise to audiences around the world, Ceci is passionate about educating, inspiring and elevating others to put their best foot forward every day.
We believe 50% of our job is outstanding design and the other 50% is strategy and execution. With a degree in art and design, Ceci Johnson elevates her clients’ image and identity with engaging visuals and marketing messaging designed for the digital age. Regarded as a branding expert, she consults and mentors entrepreneurs from around the world who are just starting out or looking to escape a rut. Ceci gives clarity, a focused direction and, most importantly, the tools to gain control and help take their businesses to the next level.
With a rich history and vast experience in the world of branding, Ceci Johnson has developed a step-by-step process to strategize and revamp, or create anew, your brand’s identity.
Feeling like you’re in a rut and need some clarity? Dying to have all your questions answered? Ceci Johnson is here to help.
Rebranding has been a total game changer! Since I’ve rebranded, everyone looks at me completely differently whenever I go to an appointment. As soon as I call in to make an appointment with a potential wedding professional, they immediately head over to my website to learn more. Right off the bat, they’re really impressed and are so excited to work with me. Overall, I’ve had extremely positive feedback about both my business cards and my website, and I’m now receiving the initial consultation calls rather than making them!
My experience working with Ceci New York was really positive. Along with doing the branding, I highly recommend doing personal coaching with Ceci Johnson. It made a huge difference. I really suggest consulting with Ceci if you’re ready to take your business to the next level. It’s one thing when someone rebrands your outward appearance, but it’s also a mental shift too. My overall confidence has changed since working with Ceci New York. -Shellie F.
For my grandmothers 80th Birthday party I wanted a beautiful, unique but classy invitation to send to not just our family, but her fabulous friends as well. Working with Ceci and her talented team surpassed my expectations from the design concept to production. The invitation they created was so beautiful. The theme was the 1930’s (the decade my Grandmother was born in) and her favorite color is green so with that in mind Ceci hand created a stunning letter press invite with a Tiffany stained glass inspiration. The guests were wowed, but most of all excited to celebrate this amazing day! When I need something special and never been seen before, my first call is always to Ceci New York
When you’re creating a brand, the number one thing is to be what you love – it’s irresistible. It’s very important that you’re true to yourself and you project yourself in the best way possible. In my opinion, simplicity and elegance is the ultimate form of sophistication. Sharing your luminosity through your work is the ultimate reward.
I absolutely loved working with Ceci Johnson and her team. They’re just amazing, incredibly talented and professional! From the first step of hearing my vision to the beautiful artwork and design to making all of my dreams come to life. I cannot imagine working with anyone else. If you’re looking for the best, Ceci and her team are just superb! -Elena P.
Founded in 2004, Ceci New York is the authority on innovative design and event branding aiming to beautify and simplify your world. Learn more about the path Ceci Johnson pioneered!
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