High above the mundane world of everything Los Angeles, nestled in the hills of Hollywood is an iconic west coast setting of what could be known as a truly modern, contemporary palace owned by the mysterious NBA “super fan” and all out wild kind of fashion dude James Goldstein. What’s interesting is how Goldstein has managed for many years to fly under the radar, living out an alluring quiet sort of celebrity life style filled with fashion, art, architecture, travel, basketball and so many other clever, and imaginative things, until now. Goldstein makes big time news by donating his namesake home the Sheats-Goldstein residence to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Goldstein cannot not be overlooked with such a bright spotlight shining on him and his very generous, artful gift, which has given everyone cause for a lot of head turning, well, at the very least, a second glance. Goldstein is hardly missed when he goes out in public. Goldstein’s personal fashion sense is that of a chill California dude, a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll cowboy and a guy who likes to wear exotic safari animal prints. PETA would not be amused.
James Goldstein described by Derek Blasberg for Interview Magazine, “James Goldstein is easy to pick out of a crowd. He’s a slight, older gentleman whose daily uniform consists of a tight, tapered suit made of some sort of exotic skin—maybe it’s python, maybe it’s ostrich—and topped with an elaborate hat, which is also often made of an exotic skin. Goldstein’s life, though, has become a sort of legend, born of three seemingly disparate occupations spelled out cryptically on his business card: fashion, architecture, and basketball.”
The donated Sheats-Goldstein residence is only one reason Goldstein is coming out of his shell. The other is the launch of his own fashion brand called, James Goldstein Couture.
In an interview with reporter Sean Loughran for Paper Mag Goldstein said, “Two of my closest friends from Milan called me one day and much to my surprise they told me that they had decided to start a line and wanted me to be the Head Designer and to have it named after me. That started a little less than two years ago and started primarily with womenswear and it is aimed at the young, hip dresser and inspired by the kind of clothing that I like to wear myself.”
Although Goldstein is mostly mum about how he has made his mega millions, he’s not afraid to talk about his love of basketball, architecture, travel, art and fashion, check out the video.