Jason Bolden is the style guru for Hollywood’s most influential ladies. And Netflix is giving us a look into how he makes our favorite celebrities red-carpet ready in Styling Hollywood, premiering on August 30. Joining Bolden is his equally style-savvy spouse, Adair Curtis, a talented interior designer. The reality series will see the couple run their business, JSN Studio, while navigating their marriage. Bolden is one of the fastest-rising stylists in the industry. So we’ve got Jason Bolden’s wiki on this inspiring and influential person worth noting.
|About Jason Bolden|
|Birth||February 27, 1982|
|Spouse||Adair Curtis August 2012 - Present|
|Address||Los Angeles, California|
|Alumni||Art Institute of Chicago|
|Hometown||St. Louis, Missouri|
Jason Bolden Was a Pre-Med Student
Jason Bolden was born on February 27, 1982. He’s a self-described skater boy from St. Louis, Missouri.
His first fashion inspiration was his grandmother “who had a distinctive, classic but relaxed luxury approach to lifestyle and clothes.” But initially, Bolden was on the path to work in the medical field.
“Coming from the mid-west in the U.S., fashion and working in the arts was not promoted,” said Bolden. “The idea is that you become a doctor, an attorney, a teacher, an engineer; the classic jobs that people have examples of success from.”
He had moved to Chicago, Illinois to study pre-med at Northwestern University. His mother gave him a credit card with $500.00 on it for living expenses. But after blowing all his funds in the first week there, buying an expensive backpack, he found a retail job at Cynthia Rowley.
It was while working there that he found his calling in the fashion industry. So he switched gears and transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Gabrielle Union Was Bolden’s First Celebrity Client
To support himself while he attended college, Bolden worked in retail stores like Cynthia Rowley, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Oscar De La Renta, and Gucci. While gaining his vast retail experience, he built a client list of “uber-wealthy” non-celebrities.
Soon, he moved to New York where he opened a vintage clothing store, The Garment Room, in the fashion district of SoHo. While there, he developed a close friendship with actress Gabrielle Union.
The new America’s Got Talent judge tapped Bolden for style advice for a 2011 Art Basel trip. That was Bolden’s first official celebrity styling job.
“She’s like, ‘Just find me something from your store to wear. Just bring it!,'” recalled Bolden. “It was a friend moment and I put her in this vintage Lanvin [for a Vogue party] and it just went crazy.”
The classic Lanvin print Union wore was featured in publications, and then Bolden’s career soared. But after a year of thriving in his styling business, he was struggling with a creative block.
It was then that Taraji P. Henson—before she became hip-hop fashion queen Cookie from Empire—helped him get his drive back.
“She literally said to me, ‘well, you need to get it together because I’m about to blow the f**k up and you’re gonna be busy,’ and literally from her mouth to god’s ears: transition,” said Bolden. “It was like boom, boom, boom, boom and everything back-to-back and I became this—it is what it is—go-to for all the amazing brown girls, which I die for.”
Bolden’s list of clients has grown from Union and Henson to Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi, as well as Serena Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, Sabrina Carpenter, Ava DuVernay, Mary J. Blige, Dave East, Dule Hill, Storm Reid, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.
He also styled Amy Sherald, the official portrait artist for Michelle Obama, for the unveiling of the former First Lady’s portrait.
Bolden Married Interior Designer Adair Curtis
It’s unclear when and how the celebrity stylist met his partner, Adair Curtis. Back then, Curtis was working in the digital marketing field in New York.
They tied the knot on August 17, 2012, in a rooftop ceremony at the Surrey Hotel, New York. Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, and more of Bolden’s celebrity friends attended their special day.
Bolden and Curtis Run JSN Studio
In 2014, Bolden and Curtis moved to Los Angeles and established their multi-disciplinary design firm, JSN Studio. While Bolden manages the fashion side of the studio, Curtis runs operations as CEO and also works as a residential and commercial interior designer.
Under the JSN brand, Bolden also launched a line of sunglasses. His client and friend Eniko Parrish, aka Mrs. Kevin Hart, modeled for the line.
Meanwhile, Curtis designed the home of Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade. Previously, he managed businesses under Russell Simmons.
And now this couple’s work at JSN Studio will be shown in Netflix’s Styling Hollywood. Bolden and Curtis will give fashion and home makeovers to their celebrity clients while balancing their marriage.