Justin Ross Lee

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Justin Ross Lee
JRL with Paltrow.JPG
Justin Ross Lee poses on the red carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards with actress Gwyneth Paltrow in the background.
Born 1983
Scarsdale, New York
Other names JRL
Known for Socialite, Fashion entrepreneur
Website http://www.justinrosslee.com http://www.pretentiouspocket.com

Justin Ross Lee (born April 7, 1983) is a travel expert, published author and socialite[1] from Manhattan. He owns Pretentious Pocket,[2] a pocket square brand.[3]

Early life[edit]

Justin Ross Lee was born in Scarsdale, New York[1] and raised by Jewish parents.[1][1] He attended the private preparatory high school Brewster Academy and holds an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship as well as a master's degree in business from University of Hartford. In October 2008, after graduating with his MBA, he briefly held a finance job at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, but was fired after four days as a result of material on his Facebook page.[1]

Media controversy[edit]

Lee is a self-proclaimed "JewJetter," a phrase he invented to describe luxury traveling for sport.[4] Lee flies over 250,000 miles a year and showcases his global first class travels on his social media.[1] In 2009, he was featured in Star Magazine with Ashley Olsen flying with him in first class,[3] later to be featured in a similar but more positive story with Brad Pitt.[1] Lee has also been linked to public feuds in national tabloids with Star Jones and has fought with Paul Rudd on Sirius XM Radio after an alleged altercation at a movie premiere.[1] In 2011 he conducted an interview with NPR, who refused to air it unedited. Lee pulled the interview, having it printed elsewhere.[1]

In 2012 Lee debuted on E! television's The Soup, being roasted for his appearance on VH1 dating show, Why Am I Still Single?!. Later that year, Lee debuted on French TV network Canal+ during a 90-minute prime time special called, En Tatanes Á Manhattan![4] On April 10, 2014, he starred on an episode of The Millionaire Matchmaker.

In 2015 Lee launched a crowdfunding campaign on Inkshares for his tell-all book Don't You Know Who I Think I Am: Confessions of a First-Class Asshole.[5]

In 2016, Lee engaged in a war of words with Entourage star Jeremy Piven, who was believed to have continually sent sexually explicit texts to Lee's ex girlfriend, model Kate Nardi, who Piven previously dated. At the height of the feud, Lee posted Piven's personal phone number on social media. Lee has apologized publicly to Piven over the incident, via social media.

Pretentious Pocket[edit]

In 2012 Lee founded Pretentious Pocket,[2] a silk pocket square business.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Grant, Drew (September 20, 2011). "Socialite Justin Ross Lee is Broke, Living American Dream". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b Macintosh, Jeanne (September 19, 2011). "Posh Poseur Over". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b Schuster, Dana (September 9, 2011). "The ego that attacked NYC". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b Griffith, Carson (June 26, 2009). "Justin Ross Lee's Exclusive Interview...With Himself". Hamptons: Guest of a Guest. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  5. ^ Lee, Justin Ross (March 25, 2015). "Don't You Know Who I Think I Am: Confessions of a First-Class Ass". Inkshares. 

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