Jeffrey Sebelia is an American fashion designer, best known to television audiences as the winner of the third season of the reality design show Project Runway.
Sebelia is the founder and designer behind clothing label Cosa Nostra.
At age 16, he left home to live in a garage with his punk band where he fell into a life of music, art and fast times, all supported by a mild criminal habit.
It was, according to Jeff, "A lifestyle of freedom, rebellion and self-expression. Working for little money and 'trade'."
Jeff finally began to focus, market, and legitimize his love for art and fashion when Interscope records discovered his band, LIFTER, and signed them for six years beginning in the early nineties and ultimately Cosa Nostra was born.
The label has a long line of celebrity clientele, including Gwen Stefani, Billy Bob Thornton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more.
Cosa Nostra is sold exclusively at limited high-end designer stores such as Maxfield in Los Angeles, BNY in Santa Monica, Patch in St. Tropez and Harvey Nichols in London and Hong Kong.
Sebelia shared a very violent relationship with his Hells Angels aficionado father, who divorced his mother when Jeff was only 8.
Soon after, Jeffrey, who felt responsible for the divorce, began experimenting with cocaine and marijuana. By the time he was 16, he was a heroin addict living in a friend's garage.
The following 15 years were filled with numerous, yet failed, attempts to get sober at a number of West Coast drug treatment centres.
At the age of 31, Sebelia's girlfriend left him and, after spending weeks crying and self-medicating with LSD and MDMA (ecstasy), he attempted to take his own life.
His roommate came home just as he was starting to hang himself from a chandelier and thwarted the attempt. Following this, the Musicians' Assistance Program funded Jeffrey's final rehab facility stay.