Words: Sarah Bradbury...
When you think of Marc Jacobs, your mind would immediately think of his incredible and memorable fragrances, but did you know he started out as a fashion designer and even the creative director of French fashion house Louis Vuitton for 17 years?! He also has a pretty cool Spongebob Squarepants tattoo! If he sounds like your kind of guy, read on to find out more about the legend that is Marc Jacobs.
Marc Jacobs - The Early Years
Born in April 1963 in New York City, Marc Jacobs was always destined for a life in the fast lane. His father was an agent at the William Morris Agency - who represented some of the best-known entertainers in film, television and music - but passed away when Marc was seven. His mother remarried three time and according to Marc, she ‘didn’t really take care of her kids’. As a teenager, he went to live with this grandmother on the Upper West Side.
Marc attended the High School of Art and Design and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York in 1984. During his time there, he won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, and Design Student of The Year. In 1991 he won an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This was only just the start of Marc Jacobs’
His Introduction into Fashion
At just 15 years old, Marc worked for Charivari, a clothing boutique for the fashion conscious in New York. Whilst he was studying at Parsons, he designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters and even designed a collection for Reuben Thomas.
When he was just 23, Marc designed his first collection with his namesake label, Marc Jacobs. A year later, he was the youngest designer to have been awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute, Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for ‘New Fashion Talent’. He was later, in 1992, awarded The Women’s Designer of The Year by the CFDA for his Grunge Collection.
In the autumn of 1994, Marc produced his first collection of menswear and in 1997, was appointed Louis Vuitton’s creative director where he created the company’s first ready-to-wear clothing line. During his reign, Marc Jacobs collaborated with artists like Takashi Murakami and Kanye West.
It was the spring of 2001 that Marc introduced his diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs.
He left Louis Vuitton in 2013 after he wanted to focus more on his own line of fashion.
Marc Jacobs is an iconic global brand that offers womenswear, menswear, accessories, children’s clothing, jewellery and watches! Not to mention his fragrance collection and beauty line.
Marc Jacobs Fragrances and Beauty
2006 was the year Marc Jacobs branched out from his fashion focus and started selling body-splash fragrances. They were originally only sold in perfume boutiques but since, have grown in popularity.
Marc Jacobs has created some of the most iconic perfumes that have become classics. He manages to get not only his personality across in the fragrance but that of his followers, encompassing scents filled with charm, personality and sophistication.
Daisy Marc Jacobs is the essence of youth to Marc - care-free, happy and sunny. The oversized daisy cap has become iconic and it echoes the spirit of the scent it holds.
The mood of Marc’s fragrances changed slightly when he launched Decadence - and according to Marc, this perfume was all about ‘a good girl going bad’. With notes of velvet, Bulgarian rose petals and jasmine. This sensual fragrance is encased in a handbag design which was a hit with his loyal fans.
Marc even went on to launch his very own beauty range, Marc Jacobs Beauty, which Jessica Lange was the face of in 2014.
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