Marc Jacobs was born April 9, 1963 in New York City. He is an American fashion designer who started his own label and continued to impress the fashion world with his unique design in the fashion industry. He is best known for his fashion design with Louis Vuitton and his own label.
Back in the days, Jacob’s mother responded poorly to his father’s death, embarking on a life of power dating and failed marriages that caused serious damages in the family. With each remarriage, Jacobs and his siblings would be forced to relocate to a new home, bouncing from New Jersey to Long Island and then the Bronx.
When he was still a teenager, Jacobs decided to move in with his paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Here, the designer said he truly felt at home.
“I always say I lived my life with my grandmother. She was emotionally stable, and she was very encouraging to me.”
Jacobs’ grandmother also allowed Jacobs to enjoy a permissive adolescence full of self-exploration.
“No one ever said ‘no’ to me about anything. No one ever told me anything was wrong. Never. No one ever said, ‘You can’t be a fashion designer.’ No one ever said, ‘You’re a boy and you can’t take tap-dancing lessons.’ No one ever said, ‘You’re a boy and you can’t have long hair.’ No one ever said, ‘You can’t go out at night because you’re 15 and 15-year-old don’t go to nightclubs.’ No one said it was wrong to be gay or right to be straight.”
By the age of 15, he was attending the High School of Art and Design during the day and, after school, working at the upscale clothing boutique Charivari. The staff of Charivari allowed him to design sweaters for the store in between his tasks of folding clothes and dressing mannequins.
The designer entered the Parsons School of Design and later he took over a position at Perry Ellis. Just after graduating, at the age of 21, he designed his first collection for the label Sketchbook for Reuben Thomas.
He designed 2 collections for Sketchbook. Both of them gathered a bunch of positive thoughts on the critis, before Reuben Thomas Inc went out of business.
Jacobs became the youngest designer ever to win the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.
Jacobs took over as the womenswear designer for Perry Ellis, where he won the prestigious CFDA prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year. He would win the same prize again in 1997.
Unfortunately, Perry Ellis shuttered its manufacturing operations. Afterwards, Jacobs sent out a “grunge” collection for the label that critics loved but the company hated. Soon after that, Jacobs decided to struck out on his own. He launched Marc Jacobs International Company.
Jacobs was named creative director of the Louis Vuitton house of luxury goods in Paris. The job was a professional breakthrough, but it brought new pressure points to Jacobs’s personal life turning it into into a complicated one. He engadged into a period of heavy drug use, with near-nightly binges of cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
“It’s a cliché, but when I drank I was taller, funnier, smarter, cooler.”
Close friends, including model Naomi Campbell and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, convinced Jacobs to seek help. So, he checked into rehab and got better.
After getting clean, Jacobs got back to work, launching Louis Vuitton’s first ready-to-wear line while expanding his own label. Marc Jacobs collections launched 3 major collections: 2 for adults and 1 for children. Hs designs are sold at dozens of Marc Jacobs boutiques worldwide. He has also licensed his name to perfumes and accessories.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America – CFDA – named him the Menswear Designer of the Year in 2002, and Accessories Designer of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Jacobs launched a line of children’s wear, Little Marc Jacobs.
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Jacobs married boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, a Brazilian PR executive, at a friend’s home in St. Barts in the French West Indies.
He was awarded the CFDA’s prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement prize. Since 2011 the CFDA had crowned Jacobs Womenswear Designer of the Year (3 times), Accessories Designer of the Year (4 times) and Menswear designer of the Year (one time).
He collaborated with the designer Stephen Sprouse, with whom he launched the immediately successful Louis Vuitton Speedy graffiti handbag, which looked as if it had been spray-painted with the company’s name.
To celebrate 10 years of the Marc by Marc Jacobs line, in 2011 he introduced Greatest Hits, a capsule collection of its best-selling pieces. In February, Marc collaborates with Playboy on three limited-edition tees sporting variations of its iconic bunny motif. 100% of profits benefit Designers Against AIDS.
It was announced that an exhibition of his work for the French fashion house would be staged at Les Arts Décoratifs inParis from March 2012 until September 2012. He has said that the exhibition was “emotional”.
“I guess some places Igot very emotional just thinking about what the circumstances werewhen we were doing some things, remembering certain anecdotes orstories, situations, and where we were,” he told the International Herald Tribune in February 2012.
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After 16 years as creative director, Jacobs revealed he was departing Louis Vuitton. The announcement came immediately after the label’s Spring Summer 2014 show in Paris. In February 2013, Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke.
He worked with the Japanese visual artist Takashi Murakami to produce the critically acclaimed Louis Vuitton Eye Love Monogram collection, which replaced the brand’s traditional beige-and-brown monogrammed canvas with a multicoloured palette featuring pop-art graphics, such as cartoon eyes.
It was announced that Jacobs’s new Spring-Summer collection would feature actress and singer Miley Cyrus photographed by David Sims. In February, it was announced that actress Jessica Lange would be the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty.
In March, Marc Jacobs announced the end of his secondary brand Marc by Marc Jacobs in order to focus on the development of his main label Marc Jacobs and to target to more luxury oriented audience. Jacobs launched a popular lifestyle campaign that featured artists, celebrities, and cultural icons such as Sofia Coppola, Cher, Willow Smith, Winona Ryder, Daisy Lowe, and Anthony Kiedis.
The Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 advertising campaign features Human Rights activist Lana Wachowski, and celebrities like Sandra Bernhard, Bette Midler, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Sky Ferriera, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski as well as less known artists Vincent Michaud, Oli Burslem.
Jacobs has an ongoing project entitled, “Protect The Skin You’re In”, which has celebrities pose nude, with their breasts and frontal area covered, for T-shirts to raise awareness about melanoma and all sales benefit research at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
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