Streetwear is one of the hottest fashion trends in 2018, but where did it all start? A significant portion of streetwear’s popularity is rooted in the New York City-based label Supreme, founded by English businessman James Jebbia in 1994. In the past 24 years, the brand has skyrocketed in popularity. Supreme has collaborated with many other high profile clothing companies, Top celebrities are regularly spotted repping the brand, and the company has even hinted at an IPO (Initial public offering) in the stock market.
Once consisting of a single shop in Manhattan, Supreme now has 22 locations worldwide. Collections are sold out as soon as they are released, and people line up days in advance to pick up just a few items from the coveted brand. But who exactly is responsible for Supreme’s insane popularity? James Jebbia has managed to keep himself shrouded in secrecy, though there’s no question he is an incredibly adept businessman.
About James Jebbia
James C. Jebbia
Occupation & Job
Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer
Jebbia is most famous for founding Supreme, one of the brands responsible for popularizing the “streetwear” and skater aesthetic. Supreme is so ubiquitous it is sometimes called the “Chanel of Streetwear”.
Birthday / DOB
July 22, 1963
Place of Birth / Hometown
Jebbia was born in the United States but moved to Crawley, West Sussex in the United Kingdom when he was only a year old. He returned to the USA by himself at age 19 to live in New York City.
James Jebbia – Height, Weight & Body Facts
How Tall – Height in Meters
Approximately 183 centimeters
How Tall – Height in Feet
Approximately 6 feet tall
Weight in Pounds
Weight in Kilograms
Black / Gray
James Jebbia – Personal Life in 2018
Although their names are unknown, Jebbia’s American father served in the Air Force. His English mother was a homemaker.
James Jebbia has a son and a daughter with his wife Bianca: Miles (aged 13) and Nina (aged 9).
Unknown, but Jebbia likely attended high school in England.
Did James Jebbia Go To College?
Jebbia did not attend college. In 1983, he moved to Manhattan at age 20 where he worked at the minimalist skate shop Parachute.
$40 million USD (approximately 1.7 million per year since Supreme’s inception)
Random Facts about James Jebbia
Fashion design, art collection
James Jebbia Social Media Accounts & Usernames
James Jebbia rarely gives interviews and has no public social media profiles. However, you can nonetheless view his work at Supreme’s official Instagram account.
Other Cool Facts about James Jebbia
- When James Jebbia moved to New York in 1983, he only had $100 to his name and paid $500 per month for his Staten Island apartment. Shortly after his arrival, he picked up a job at Parachute, a skate shop located in Soho. He opened Supreme in 1994. It costs him just 12,000 to open the store.
- James Jebbia is good friends Shawn Stussy, the creator and eponymous streetwear brand Stussy. Their shops were located close to one another in SoHo when the two created their shops.
- James Jebbia currently resides with his family in a modern, minimalist Lower Manhattan Penthouse. The exact price of it is unknown, but Lower Manhattan is one of the most expensive places to live in the world.