Fashion Biography

Marc Jacobs, Fashion Designer


Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 he entered Parsons School of Design. While at Parsons, Jacobs designed his first collection of hand knit sweaters commissioned and sold by Barbara Weiser under the label ˙ýMarc Jacobs for Marc and Barbara" for the Weiser family"s well known stores, Charivari,

As a design student at Parsons, Jacobs was the recipient of some of the school"s highest honors: The Perry Ellis Gold Thimble, The Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble and Design Student of the Year. On the spring evening in 1984 that Jacobs showed his senior collection and was presented with these awards, Robert Duffy, an executive with Ruben Thomas, Inc was in the audience. After seeing Jacob"s collection he called the next day to inquire about having him develop a ready to wear collection for Ruben Thomas, Inc. under the sketchbook label.

This conversation marked the beginning of what became a partnership, called Jacobs Duffy Designs, Inc. The partnership was based on two very simple concepts: a love for fashion and a commitment to quality. The partnership and concepts it was based on remain the cornerstones of the company today.

In 1986, backed by Kashiyama USA, Inc Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label. The following year, Jacobs received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer ever to be awarded the fashion industry"s highest tribute when he was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America [CFDA] Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.

In 1989 Jacobs and Duffy joined Perry Ellis and were named Vice President of women"s design and president respectively. While at Perry Ellis, Jacobs created designer collection as well as overseeing the various women"s licensees. In 1992, the CFDA once again bestowed Jacobs with a distinct honor: Womenswear Designer of the Year.

In the Fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs, Inc. launched their licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs International Company, LP, and in 1994, the company signed its first licensing agreement with renown Look, Inc and Mitsubishi Corporation for distribution of the Marc Jacobs designer collection in Japan.

Soon after, Iris S.R.L. signed on as the licensee for the men and women"s shoe collections. The factory, located in Venice Italy, continues to produce all Marc Jacobs collection shoes.

1995 marked the first collection of men"s ready to wear. The collection was based on pieces that Jacobs and Duffy wanted to have in their own wardrobes.

1997 proved to be a big year for the company, in January Jacobs and Duffy joined Louis Vuitton, Jacobs as artistic director and Duffy as studio director. In his position as artistic director, Jacobs works on many of the French luxury house"s lines including handbags, men"s and women"s ready to wear, shoes and small leather goods.

Later that year the first Marc Jacobs store opened at 163 Mercer Street in New York"s Soho district and Jacobs was recognized by the CFDA a third times as womenswear Designer of the Year.

The first Marc Jacobs advertising images, featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth was shot by photographer Juergen Teller appeared in magazines in the Spring of 1998. This was the beginning of a collaboration that has gone on to feature a variety of artists, models, musicians, and actors. Jacobs and Teller have collaborated twice a year for both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs Ad campaigns ever since.

At the VH1 Fashion Awards in the fall of 1998, Jacobs received the Women"s Designer of the Year Award, and in 1999 he was named Accessory Designer of the Year by the CFDA.

The company launched the first handbag collection in the fall of 200 and a second Marc Jacobs store was opened on San Francisco"s historic Maiden Lane in August 2000.

The first free standing men"s collection store opened on Bleecker Street in New York City in September 2000, making the beginning of what would become a street of shops.

December brought the signing if a licensed agreement with L.S.A S.P.A. An Italian company based outside of Milan, to produce men"s and women"s ties and scarves.

Jacobs and Duffy introduced the secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, with a Spring/Summer 2001 Runway show. The Marc by Marc Jacobs menswear collection was first presented for the resort 2001 season. Both collections have continued to grow exponentially to include shoes, handbag and other signature accessories. A licensed agreement with Calza Turificio Rossimoda S.P.A. was signed in 2001 to produce all women and men"s Marc by Marc Jacobs" shoes.

In September 2001 the company launched its first fragrance. The scent, called Marc Jacobs Perfume, was inspired by gardenias in water. The launch took place on the Pier 54 on the Hudson River and was staged as a benefit to a dozen downtown New York City charities.

In Spring 2002 the women"s fragrance ad campaign, featuring Sofia Coppola and shot by teller, was honored with the Fragrance Foundation"s Award for Best Advertising Campaign for a Women"s Fragrance. Spring 2002 events also included the opening of a new accessories store at 365 Bleecker Street.

June 2002 brought another CFDA Award, honoring Jacobs as Menswear Designer of the Year for the first time. Simultaneously the company opened a men"s showroom in Milan and signed a licensed agreement with Italian sportswear company, GIBO Co. S.P.A.

In Fall 2002, the company introduced a fig based men"s fragrance. The fragrance was launched in conjunction with the spring 2003 fashion show. The event also served as a benefit for cancer care. Launching the yoga bag Jacobs and long time friend model Christy Turlington designed together to benefit the organization.

Following the spring 2002 opening of a collection store in Osaka, the company debuted it first multi brand store in Aoyama, Japan.

In June 2003 Jacobs was awarded his 6th CFDA Award: Accessories Designer of the Year.

December 2003 brought the launch of the Marc Jacobs Home Collection. The collection began as a small line of home accessories designed to keep within the traditions of luxury and quality that the ready to wear collections had long embraced. The line includes crystal, sterling silver, cashmere pillows and other luxury accessories for the home and is sold exclusively at Marc Jacobs boutiques.

Multiple free standing stores and shopin shops continue to pen domestically and across the Far East. Currently Marc Jacobs Collection and Marc by Marc Jacobs stores can be found in the seven locations in Hong Kong, four locations in Taiwan, Twenty five locations in Japan including flagships in Osaka and Aoyamai and nine locations in Korea.

March 2004 marked the signing if a distribution agreement with Imaginex Holdings, LTD. (a division of the groups whose companies include Lane Crawford and The Joyce Boutiques) for the territory of Hong Kong and Mainland China. It was the beginning if a substantial partnership which included the opening on a flagship store in Shanghai in August 2004 as well as stores in Beijing and Chengou.

The company"s eyewear collection produced by Italian luxury eyewear partner, Safilo S.P.A. was first previewed with the fall 2004 collection. The full line of eyewear will be available in the Spring of 2005.

The first U.S. multi brand store opened in July 2004 on Boston"s Newbury Street and was followed by the launch of the company"s third women"s fragrance at the Spring 2005 show. The fragrance is called Blush and was inspired by the scent of jasmine blooming. All fragrance is currently developed and produced with company"s fragrance partner, Lancaster Group US, LLC.

March 2005 marked the opening of two stores in Los Angeles: a collection store at 8400 Melrose Place and Marc by Marc Jacobs store located at 8410 Melrose Avenue. Later that month the company opened a collection store at the Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida.

2005 will also bring the launch of the company"s first watch line with partner, Fossil and collection store in Paris.

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