Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Clothing and accessories designer
Date of Birth: 09.04.1963
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Marc Jacobs
  2. Early Life
  3. Career
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs is a fashion designer known for his clothing and accessory brand, 'Marc Jacobs', as well as the diffusion line 'Marc by Marc Jacobs'. He served as the creative director of the French fashion house, 'Louis Vuitton', from 1997 to 2013. Jacobs was named one of the '100 most influential people in the world' by Time magazine in 2010, and ranked 14th in the list of '50 most influential gays and lesbians in America' by Out magazine in 2012.

Marc Jacobs

Early Life

Marc Jacobs was born on April 9, 1963, in New York City, to a secular Jewish family. His father worked at William Morris Agency and passed away when Jacobs was seven years old. According to Jacobs, his mother, who was married three times, "didn't care about her children" and was "mentally ill". As a teenager, Jacobs moved to live with his paternal grandmother in the Majestic, a residential skyscraper on the Upper West Side. He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1981, and studied at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, where he won several awards, including the 'Perry Ellis Golden Thimble Award', and earned the title of 'Student Designer of the Year'. He also received an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1991.

Marc Jacobs

Career

At the age of 15, Jacobs worked as a stock boy at the now-defunct New York boutique, 'Charivari', which sold avant-garde clothing. While still a student at Parsons, he created and sold his first collection of hand-knit sweaters. He also released a line for the company 'Reuben Thomas', and his clothing was sold under the label 'Sketchbook'. Alongside his creative and later business partner, Robert Duffy, Jacobs founded the company 'Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc.'. In 1986, Jacobs presented his first collection under the label 'Marc Jacobs'. Within a year, he became the youngest designer to receive the 'New Fashion Talent' award from CFDA. The second line of products, the diffusion line 'Marc by Marc Jacobs', was launched in the fall of 2001. In the mid-2000s, Jacobs introduced affordable body fragrances in large 300ml bottles, distributed by 'Coty'. In 2007, filmmaker Loïc Prigent released a documentary film about Jacobs titled 'Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton'.

Marc Jacobs

Personal Life

In February 2008, Jacobs was accused of plagiarizing the design of a scarf created in the 1950s by Swedish designer Gosta Olofsson. Jacobs quickly resolved the issue by offering monetary compensation to Olofsson's son. In May 2009, Jacobs, an openly gay man, launched a line of t-shirts in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage. In February 2013, Jacobs was appointed as the new creative director of the brand 'Diet Coke'. He was responsible for creating a "stylish and fun" new look for the brand to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In March 2013, the 'New York Daily News' reported that the "faux fur" used by 'Marc Jacobs' was actually made from the wool of raccoon dogs sourced from China. On January 9, 2014, it was announced that actress and singer Miley Cyrus would be involved in promoting Jacobs' new spring/summer collection, with photography by David Sims. On February 26, 2014, it was revealed that actress Jessica Lange had been chosen as the face of the 'Marc Jacobs Beauty' cosmetics line. Jacobs himself has been the face of various brands, even appearing nude in advertisements for 'Louis Vuitton' bags and his own men's fragrance, 'Bang'. However, the original 'Bang' ad was censored in some countries, with billboards in the Middle East featuring only the bottle and no nudity. Jacobs was in a same-sex marriage with Lorenzo Martone from March 2009, but the union ended in the spring of 2010.

Marc Jacobs

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