Leave it to Lynn Ban to bring the literal bling to Bling Empire: New York, the East Coast-based spin-off of the popular Netflix series that follows the lavish lives of a group of incredibly wealthy Asian-Americans.
"Lynn is a couture jewelry designer with an edgy fashion sense who’s not afraid to give her opinion and pulls no punches. Her success leaves her husband, Jett Kain, feeling overshadowed, and she has to negotiate his desire to step aside from their business and pursue his own endeavors," reads Ban's official cast synopsis from Netflix.
Lynn joins returning Bling Empire cast member Dorothy Wang and high-fashion newcomers like Tina Leung, Blake Abbie and Stephen Hung in the Bling Empire: New York cast, who fans were introduced to when the series premiered on Friday, January 20.
But the jewelry CEO already has celebrity fans—we're talking very famous folks from Beyoncé to Billie Eilish. So just who is this Lynn Ban and how did she get so successful? Here's what we know about the reality star.
Who is Lynn Ban from 'Bling Empire: New York'?
Lynn Ban is a Singapore-born jewelry designer who moved to New York City when she was four years old with her gemologist mother Patricia and her real estate tycoon father David, who is the executive director of the Kuala Lumpur-based developer Venus Assets. After graduating from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualised Studies, Ban decided to settle in Manhattan permanently.
Of her decision to join the Bling Empire spinoff, Ban told WWD: “I wanted to share my story of how I immigrated here, worked my way up and navigated being an Asian mother, wife and designer in the fashion industry, balancing work and my home life.” She wants the series to show that the "crazy rich Asian" world is “not only a life of private jets, shopping sprees and parties,” she tells the outlet.
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Lynn Ban age: how old is she?
Born on May 27, 1973, this jewelry-loving Gemini is currently 49 years old.
Lynn Ban jewelry: what is her company?
Lynn Ban, who has worked in the fashion industry for 25 years and was previously a vintage fashion archivist, started her eponymous custom jewelry line Lynn Ban Jewelry in 2011.
Her collections have been picked up by luxury retailers like Barneys and Net-a-porter, and have been worn by some of the entertainment industry's biggest names, including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Madonna and Post Malone. Her most notable celebrity collaboration has been with Rihanna, who wears the designer's pieces for her tours, music videos, press appearances and photoshoots.
“My design philosophy is to create a statement piece, something that hasn’t been seen before or a twist on something traditional. Its design should still be timeless, bold yet functional,” Ban told The Straits Times of her creations.
What is Lynn Ban's net worth?
Ban's net worth is reported to be around $5 million, off the success of her jewelry venture.
Lynn Ban Instagram: what's her handle?
You can find Lynn Ban on Instagram at the handle @lynn_ban, where she has a healthy following of 168,000 people. There, you'll see the designer in all manner of glamorous fashion as she jets everywhere from Palm Springs to Aspen, London to Sumba.
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Lynn Ban husband: who is she married to?
Lynn Ban has been married to 54-year-old former MTV producer Jett Kain—who appears on the Netflix reality show with her—for the past 27 years. They share a teenage son, Sebastian.
Along with sharing a life personally, the couple is also partners professionally, having previously worked together in bringing the Genki Sushi franchise (which was founded by Ban's father) to the USA, and Jett currently handling the press and marketing for Lynn Ban Jewelry.
“He’s instrumental in building our brand. He’s responsible for the publicity and all the projects that we did,” she told The Strait Times. Their next project is the Lynn Ban Resort Collection, which will debut this year at 12 Como resort shops in Bali, The Maldives and more, per WWD.
Catch Lynn Ban in Bling Empire: New York, streaming now on Netflix.
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