|Born||Leonid Maksovich Rodovinsky
(1954-02-12) 12 February 1954 (age 63)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
|Spouse(s)||Yana Boyko (m. 2014)|
Leon Max (born Leonid Maksovich Rodovinsky; Russian: Леонид Максович Родовинский; 12 February 1954) is a Russian-American fashion designer and retailer.
Max was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg), in 1954. His parents were members of the Soviet intelligentsia. He then sought political asylum to Vienna on his way to Israel. He later enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1986, at which time he legally changed his name to Leon Max.
He worked as a personal trainer in New York. He then worked for the New York fashion house Tahari, and then Los Angeles-based Bis, a women’s sportswear firm.
He founded Max Studio in 1979. An upmarket fashion chain, Max Studio sells through department stores. It also has 46 of its own retail stores in the U.S. and another 50 in the Far East.
In July 2012, he received an honorary degree from the University of Northampton.
He was divorced twice. His second wife was Ame Austin, an American model and stylist. He has a daughter, Sophie. In 2014, he married Yana Boyko, a Ukrainian model.
In 2005, he purchased Easton Neston in Northamptonshire, England from Lord Hesketh. He converted the 10,000 sq ft of the fire damaged Wren wing of the house, plus the out buildings which were the home of defunct Formula One team Hesketh Racing into a design studio. The interior design was done by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill. In July 2011, a party was thrown at Easton Neston to celebrate the completion of its renovation. It was hosted by Richard Dennen, Mary Charteris and Josephine de La Baume.
In 2010, he purchased a house formerly owned by Madonna in the Hollywood Hills, near the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California.