Marc Jacobs

Jacobs stuns and delights the fashion world with his bold, unpredictable designs

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Early Life

Jacobs was born on the 9th of April 1963 in New York City, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. His father died in 1970, and when his mother remarried Jacobs went to live in Manhattan with his paternal grandmother. With her encouragement he went on to study at the Parsons School of Design.

Design Career

At his first show in 1992 he received a standing ovation led by Donatella Versace and Anna Wintour, and his quickly became the youngest designer ever to win the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.
In 1997 he became creative director at Louis Vuitton - with help from his business partner Robert Duffy - where he created the company's first ready-to-wear clothing line, and the business has since seen profits quadruple. In April 2010, Marc Jacobs was included on Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Shortly after landing the job at Louis Vuitton, Jacobs spent some time in rehab. When he emerged, his designs became sexier and sleeker, and he was often the centre of media attention. Jacobs is a well-known figure on the New York celebrity scene, having become something of a celebrity himself.

Marc Jacobs Brand

Whilst the retail price of a Marc Jacobs handbag starts at around £1,000, his target demographic starts with fashion-conscious teenage girls in the West Village, where Jacobs has five shops. Worldwide, there are stores in 22 countries – including two in London, UK and two in Paris, France - selling the Marc Jacobs Collection, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Little Marc.

Personal life

In 2009, Jacobs was ranked 15th on Out magazine's annual list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America"
Jacobs, who is openly gay, married advertising executive Lorenzo Martone in July 2009, in Provincetown, Massachusetts – although their wedding was not legally recognised until later that year. In that same year, Jacobs’ stores carried a shirt he’d designed demanding the legalization of gay marriage.

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