Originally from Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Manny Jackson (aka MannYJStyle) works out of his passion for style and people.
Jackson’s fashion journey began in his mother's garage and took him across the country to attend LA’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in 2005. While in school, he interned with up-and-coming street lifestyle brand Five Four and contemporary women’s brand BcBg before becoming a junior men’s buyer for a contemporary boutique. In 2006, Jackson created a program for FIDM students called the “Showcase Mix”, in which students produced a collection for the Good Year brand, which was ultimately sold to Nordstroms. After graduation, Jackson launched a youth design program called Street Wear and Kicks along with the nonprofit WoodCraft Rangers. The program launched in select LAUSD schools in 2011. Jackson also launched The Gents Closet, a men’s style house, through which he provides wardrobe rentals for top name stylists and celebs; and is the creative director for Thread Haus, a brand that invests in South LA by providing jobs to local seamstresses.
Jackson is invested in giving back to South LA. He currently sits on the board of several non-profits and is the Vice President of Haute Healing, which provides wardrobe makeovers for youth with terminal and mental illnesses.