Joseph Cicio was born in Brooklyn, New York, into an Italian-American family. He followed monastic studies at St. Paul's Abbey in Newton, New Jersey, and Western Priory, in Weston, Vermont and graduated from the New York School of Interior Design in New York. Cicio has been the Director of Visual Merchandising for the Lord & Taylor branch stores; the Corporate Senior Vice President for Creative Services and Product Development at R.H. Macy's in New York; the Chairman and CEO of I. Magnin in San Francisco, California; the President of Retail Development for Donna Karan, Inc.; the President of Retail Development for Sun International; the CEO of Mayors Jewelry; the CEO for Penhaligon's worldwide; the European Director for Erno Laszlo; and a consultant for numerous fashion and home furnishings brands worldwide. He lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Friends**Bearing Gifts is his first book.
"Friends Bearing Gifts," Cicio's new book, chronicles his
relationships with bold-faced names such as Joan Rivers, Lady Nancy
Keith, Lauren Bacall and Bill Blass, among others, and the
treasures they bestowed on him.--Sharon Edelson "Women's Wear
Daily, May 4, 2018 "
Inside, its pages are filled with stories of an incredible life (Joe's) filled with extraordinary friendships.--Diane Clehane "May 3, 2018 "
It's a great book to pour over, but perhaps even better as--you guessed it--a gift.--Town & Country
With celebrity friends like Lauren Bacall, Bill Blass, Princess Grace, Audrey Hepburn and Nancy Kissinger (who wrote the foreword), the book features essays and stunning photography of Cicio's Litchfield County home and the beautiful gifts bestowed by his influential friends.--CTC&G
When Joan Rivers bought the house that would become her longtime country getaway, she introduced it to her close friend and soon-to-be designer, Joseph Cicio, as the "ugliest house in Connecticut" and compared the place to a Benihana Japanese restaurant.--Mackenzie Schmidt "People "