PHOTOGRAPHY Dean Avisar
CREATIVE DIRECTION Rachel Ma
WORDS Conrad Bischoff
No one is quite sure what he does, nor are they sure about how he amassed his fortune, or how he has such impeccable and eclectic tastes. What we do know aboutthe man behind the mystery, James Goldstein, is that he’s considered to be an NBA “super fan," attending hundreds of games each season (We don’t even know if he prefers a certain team, though he does attend an incredible amount of Lakers and Clippers games). We also know that his home, known as the Sheats Goldstein residence and designed by American architect John Lautner, is a masterpiece of “organic architecture” (architecture that seems to grow from it’s immediate natural surroundings). Goldstein’s home has even been featured in several films such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and The Big Lebowski.
And, of course, we know his style. His signature black, leather cowboy hats paired with studded biker jackets or luxurious furs, always with a bandana expertly tied around his neck. What is also unique to Goldstein’s wardrobe is his willingness to take the fashion risks so many leave behind in their youths. We’re talking metallic leather blazers of silver and gold, zebra printed bombers, and tight, leather zipper pants à la Saint Laurent. His look is that of a western rock star with true grit, who happened to strike gold and achieve the promises of the American Dream. Rather than trying to unravel the myth behind him, we urge you to stop and take notes from the one, the only, James Goldstein.