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Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9,
1963. After graduating from the High School of Art and
Design in 1981 he entered Parson’s School of Design.
As a design student at Parson’s, Jacobs was the recipient
of some of the schools highest honors including Design
Student of the Year. In 1984 he met Robert Duffy who is
still his business partner today.
In 1986 Jacobs designed his first collection with the
Marc Jacobs label. In 1987, he received the distinct
honor of being the youngest designer ever to be awarded
the fashion industry’s highest tribute: The Council
of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis
Award for New Fashion Talent.
In 1989 Jacobs and Duffy joined Perry Ellis as Vice-
President of Women’s Design and President respectively.
In 1992, the CFDA once again bestowed Jacobs with a
distinct honor: the Women’s Designer of the Year Award
for his fabled Grunge Collection.
In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched
their own licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs
International Company, L.P.
Jacobs and Duffy joined Louis Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs as
Artistic Director and Duffy as Studio Director.
Jacobs introduced the secondary line, Marc by Marc
Jacobs, with a spring 2001 runway show.
The first multi-brand store in the U.S. opened in August
2004 on Boston’s Newbury Street and May 2005 brought
the opening of 3 new stores in Los Angeles. The company
opened its’ first free-standing European store in Paris at
The Palais Royal in January, 2006.
In 2007 the company produced the first collection
of Marc by Marc Jacobs eyewear as well as launching
a children’s collection called Little Marc Jacobs and
releasing a fragrance, called Daisy, in September.
In January, 2008 a Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique opened
in Chicago’s Bucktown and several limited edition
fragrances were launched. The company has expanded to
more than 300 stores worldwide.
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Codie Young
Daphne Groeneveld
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