James Jebbia

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James Jebbia
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Born (1963-07-22) July 22, 1963 (age 55)
United States
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.

Early life[edit]

James Jebbia was born in the United States but is of British nationality. At one year old, he moved to Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom before moving back to United States at 19 years old.[2] His American father was in the United States Air Force, and his English mother was a homemaker and then 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, his first retail venture Union NYC was opened carrying an experimental mix of mostly English brands and from 1991 to 1994 he teamed up with Shawn Stussy.[3]

In 1994, Jebbia founded the skateboarding shop and clothing brand, Supreme and opened its first store on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan, New York. The brand now has 11 locations worldwide, 1 in Los Angeles, London and Paris, 2 in New York and 6 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.