Marc Jacobs

Fashion Designer

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 studying at New York's Parsons School of Design. In 1984 he launched his namesake label with Robert Duffy, basing it on a love of fashion and quality. The brand has consistently balanced innovation and tradition, and in 2001, it launched a diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Following the death of its eponymous founder in 1986, Perry Ellis hired Jacobs as Creative Director in 1988. 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 the 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. At Vuitton, he collaborated with several artists including Julie Verhoeven, Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince on incredibly popular accessories. Jacobs left Louis Vuitton in 2014.

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 studying at New York's Parsons School of Design. In 1984 he launched his namesake label with Robert Duffy, basing it on a love of fashion and quality. The brand has consistently balanced innovation and tradition, and in 2001, it launched a diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Following the death of its eponymous founder in 1986, Perry Ellis hired Jacobs as Creative Director in 1988. 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 the 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. At Vuitton, he collaborated with several artists including Julie Verhoeven, Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince on incredibly popular accessories. Jacobs left Louis Vuitton in 2014.

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