James Jebbia

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James Jebbia
Born (1963-07-22) July 22, 1963 (age 57)
NationalityAmerican
British[1]
OccupationFashion industry
Years active1977–present
Known forFounder of Supreme
Spouse(s)Bianca Jebbia
Children2

James Jebbia (born July 22, 1963) is an American-British businessman and fashion designer. He 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. When he was one year old, his parents relocated to Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

As a child actor Jebbia appeared in popular British television shows ITV's Just William (1977), BBC's Grange Hill (1978) (where he played "Tommy Watson" for five episodes in series 1), and the sitcom Butterflies (1979).[2]

His American father was in the United States Air Force, and his English mother was a homemaker and later a teacher. They divorced when he was around 10 years old.[1]

He moved back to the United States when he was 19 years old, in the early 1980s, settling in New York City.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4]

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, Paris, and San Francisco; two in New York; and six in Japan.[5] Jebbia has collaborated with high-profile artists, such as Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince.[6]

Apart from clothing, Jebbia's has also released Supreme calendars, 24-inch cruiser bikes and a Supreme book, published by Rizzoli in 2010.[6]

In 2017, Supreme collaborated with Louis Vuitton, with their debut collection unveiled during Paris Fashion Week.[7]

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. ^ "James Jebbia". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  3. ^ "50 Things You Didn't Know About Supreme". Complex. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Supreme stores". www.supremenewyork.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "James Jebbia is part of the BoF 500". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  7. ^ "James Jebbia: What You Need to Know About the Supreme Founder". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 2020-04-07.