Vivienne Poy founded her eponymously named company in 1981. For fourteen years she designed and manufactured high end knitwear for her shop at 100 Yorkville Avenue in Toronto. With sales for knitwear softening in the 90s Poy turned her efforts towards developing beauty products and publishing before closing her fashion knitwear store.
Vivienne was married to Dr. Neville Poy, who is the brother of journalist and past Govenor General Adrienne Clarkson. In 1998 Vivienne Poy became the first Chinese Canadian to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She has also served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto.