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About the Designer

The COURTNEY WASHINGTON brand is named after our women's fashion designer, who started creating patterns and sewing at the age of 9. By the time he was 17, he opened his first designer clothing store in Kingston, Jamaica. He then left for New York City for formal training in fashion at the famous Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Pratt Institute. Courtney opened his first store in the United States in 1998, where he went on to design for celebrities, department stores and boutiques.


The Clothing

Dressing women in flattering clothes is a natural instinct for Jamaican-born fashion designer, Courtney Washington. Flattering cuts, high quality fabrics, and his attentiveness to the niche market of plus-sized women has given our brand international recognition.

His Clients

Courtney Washington Joiles dressed diplomats and other high profile clients at his first store. Today, the COURTNEY WASHINGTON brands are well-known among noted celebrity clients, such as actresses, Lynn Whitfield, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad, and Shari Belafonte. His clothing has also been worn by songstress Angie Stone and Grammy® Award-winning artists, such as Erykah Badu and Sweet Honey in the Rock. His brand continues to attract leading artists and actresses from around the globe.

Courtney Washington on a Runway with the Models

Courtney Washington's Portrait

Appearances In the Media

Courtney's fashions have featured in North American publications, such as Essence Magazine, a premier publication for women of color, and numerous television shows, including BET's, Rip the Runway. CBS recently named the COURTNEY WASHINGTON brand among the top five best designers for full-figured woman in New York City. On the big screen, the our brands have been worn by Carol Christine Hilaria-Pounder in movies such as Home Again and the blockbuster film Avatar. Actresses from the famed U.S. televised series Law & Order have also been seen wearing COURTNEY WASHINGTON.

Awards and Recognition

With his breadth of knowledge in all aspects of the fashion industry, Courtney has been called on to lecture at one of the United States' premiere Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Atlanta University, and has also lectured at the Design School in Accra Ghana. Courtney is the recipient of many citations and awards, including the United States' Small Business Award. His formal fashion design training took place at New York's Pratt Institute and FIT.