James Jebbia

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James Jebbia
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Born (1963-07-22) July 22, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceManhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityBritish[1]
OccupationFashion Industry
Years active1978–present
Known forFounder of Supreme
Spouse(s)Bianca Jebbia
Children2

James Jebbia (born July 22, 1963) is an English businessman and fashion designer. Jebbia is known for being the founder of the skateboarding shop and clothing brand Supreme New York.

Early life[edit]

James Jebbia was born in the United States but is of British nationality. When he was one-year-old, his parents relocated to Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom. He moved back to the United States when he was 19-years-old, settling in New York City.[2] His American father was in the United States Air Force, and his English mother was a homemaker and later a teacher. His parents divorced when he was around 10-years-old.[1]

Career[edit]

The logo of Supreme, the company Jebbia founded in 1994

In 1983, Jebbia moved to New York City, paying $500 for a Staten Island apartment.[1] He landed a job at Parachute, a minimalist skate shop and clothing store located in SoHo.[3]

In 1989, he opened his first retail venture, Union NYC, carrying an experimental mix of mostly English brands. From 1991 to 1994, he teamed up with Shawn Stussy, founder of Stüssy.[3]

In 1994, Jebbia founded clothing brand and skateboarding shop Supreme and opened its first store, on Lafayette Street in Manhattan, New York. The brand now has 11 locations worldwide, one each in Los Angeles, London, and Paris; two in New York; and six in Japan.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jebbia is married to Bianca Jebbia and has two children. He currently resides in Lower Manhattan's West Village in New York City.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Williams, Alex (21 November 2012). "Guerrilla Fashion: The Story of Supreme". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "50 Things You Didn't Know About Supreme". Complex. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "James Jebbia is One of the 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2017". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Supreme stores". www.supremenewyork.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.