He’s only 24 years old, but Jordan Bentley has already established himself as one of his Gen-Z generation’s most successful entrepreneurs. The Los Angeles native’s early twenties have been a whirlwind — he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine, he competed on Netflix’s “Floor Is Lava” reality show and starred on HBO Max’s “Sweet Life: Los Angeles,” the Issa Rae-produced reality show following L.A.-based Black creatives pursuing their dreams. And he did all that while building his company from scratch.
But most importantly, Bentley grew his anime-themed streetwear brand Hypland into one of the city’s hottest apparel sensations. Founded by a then-13-year-old Bentley in 2010, with startup capital from his mother Stephanie Carter — a South L.A. resident and former USC social sciences professor — Hypland’s popularity has exploded over the last few years. That’s primarily thanks to the label’s high-profile collaborations with popular anime brands like Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh and Hello Kitty; today, a single Hypland x Hello Kitty varsity jacket can set a clout-chasing consumer back $400. Ka-ching! (Can’t afford it? No worries, it’s already sold out anyway.)
Unsurprisingly, that success has reaped ample rewards for Bentley’s bank account, and records reveal he’s now bought a $5 million house in Hollywood’s Beachwood Canyon neighborhood. It’s also reaped a significant return on his mother’s initial investment in the brand — records show Carter recently paid nearly $3 million for a house in the upscale Ladera Heights area.
Built on speculation by a local developer and completed in 2019, the Beachwood Canyon home towers above the road, standing a full four levels tall and blessed with panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The Vegas-worthy structure was clearly designed to impress, with dozens of LED lights inside and out and a showstopping rooftop deck.