Abboud, of Lebanese descent, came to fashion with a very strong background on merchandising and sales. He spent 12 years buying at the Louis of Boston, where he went to work during 1968. He studied at the University of Massachusetts and also at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he fell in love with the European style.
In 1938 Domenico Maraolo founder Mamar. A shoe design company. His son Mario Maraolo started designing for Mamar around 1956-1969 and became Maraolo designs. He was very popular in the 80's and 90's where most of his stores were in the US and mainly New York. The brand was also sold in Sack's Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. All shoes were made in Italy inside Maraolo's factory was in Naples.