Born in New York City, Marc Jacobs is one of contemporary American fashion's most successful designers. Jacobs started selling hand-knitted sweaters (a skill he had learnt from his grandmother) while still a student at New York's Parsons School of Design and in 1986 launched his own label.
Following the death of its eponymous founder in 1986, Perry Ellis hired Jacobs as creative director in 1988. His shows for the flagship American fashion brand drew eager anticipation for fashion that drew inspiration from emerging youth-cultures in the United States. Jacobs' tenure at Perry Ellis culminated with his now notorious grunge-themed collection shown in November 1992, one that saw him fired from the brand as well as recipient of that year's Womenswear Designer of the Year from the CFDA.
In 1997, Marc Jacobs was made Creative Director at Louis Vuitton, and Jacobs was charged with creating a new ready-to-wear line for the historic luxury luggage house. Collaborating with a number of artists including Julie Verhoeven, Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince on incredibly popular ranges of accessories. His fashion shows consistently draw high profile audiences with luminaries from the worlds of film, music and fashion often in attendance.