Designer File: Marc Jacobs

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Many are aware of the influence of the Marc Jacobs label, but what not many people know is the difficult childhood he had as well as the outstanding achievements in his early years.

Marc Jacobs, the creator of Marc by Marc Jacobs is an American designer who, before establishing his own brand, was the creative director of the French house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014.

At the age of seven his father passed away and he declared his mum to be ‘mentally ill’ who ‘didn’t really take care of her kids’. Even so, Marc Jacobs followed his passion and went to Parsons School of Design.

He won a series of awards and at the age of 15 he worked as a stock boy at Charivari, a boutique in New York, and went on to design, launch and sell his first line of hand-knit sweaters. By the 1980’s he had become partners with Robert Duffy and together they launched the Jacobs Duffy Designs brand.

His passion for the industry never stopped and he kept going regardless of the ups and downs life put him through. Marc was a dedicated student to his designs and concepts. In 1987 he was the youngest designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis award for “New Fashion Talent”, one of the most prestigious fashion awards. This only pushed the designer to move forward and came the point when he started designing for women.

Towards the end of the 20th century Jacobs Duffy Designs reshaped itself to become Marc Jacobs International Company. Marc Jacobs preserved his sense of art through menswear and managed to design for both women and men. His collections sold to high-end fashion enthusiasts as well as celebrities.

In 2001 he launched his second line Marc by Marc Jacobs, a label which was aiming to offer a more affordable alternative to his other collections. Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, boots and sandals clearly combine his quirky personality and a retro style.  Shortly after, he launched a perfume line which, still around now, varies from the softest to the most sexy fragrances.

Known as the rebel of the fashion world Marc Jacobs was not afraid to share his visionary concepts with the audience. While everything blurred into the same trends in the nineties, Marc dared to change a few things and step out of the fashion box. He allowed himself to come up with quirky, unusual and beautiful designs and cuts. He played with colours and always stood out from the crowd.

Today he is one of the most successful designers to take over the fashion industry. His name is internationally recognised and his campaigns are still blowing minds. We wonder what’s next for this creative genius, and indeed, who might be the next Marc Jacobs…


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Words by Cristiana Frunza 

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