He’s considered fashion royalty among his peers. He’s best friends with Victoria Beckham, has had his designs worn by First Lady Michelle Obama and has been listed on Times Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year, his second range Marc by Marc Jacobs is in its tenth year and is bringing out a capsule collection to mark a decade of breathing fresh air into the fashion industry.
An award-winning graduate of the Parson School of Design in New York, he truly began his career in fashion at American Sportswear Label, Perry Ellis. In 1993, Jacobs brought out his infamous first ‘grungy’ collection, taking his inspiration from New York’s West Village, designing cartoon motif t-shirts, beanie hats and faded denim which led to his dismissal from the label. He then went on to work with Robert Duffy to begin designing his own products.
Before long, he had won the prestigious CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award, the fashion industry’s highest tribute – winning it for new found talent. He was the youngest designer to ever win a CFDA award. In 1989, Jacobs and Duffy created the women wear unit for Tristan Russo and in 1992; the CFDA awarded Jacobs a second time with Designer of the Year.
In 1997, Marc Jacobs created his first menswear collection as well as landing the job of ‘Creative Director’ at Louis Vuitton, where he has stayed ever since, despite launching his own ready-to-wear lines Marc Jacobs and the less expensive Marc by Marc Jacobs, now in its tenth year. He has quadrupled his brand with these two collections and has opened 160 stores over 19 countries, ever since opening his first one in New York.
Marc Jacobs has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for the last ten years and his collections are never short of controversy, whether it’s for his own design ranges or his work at Louis Vuitton. Most recent, Jacobs and Vuitton were at the centre of a media storm during New York Fashion Week when Kate Moss strutted down the catwalk, lighting a cigarette as she walked, almost causing an international incident with the stunt that will make him the most talked about designer of the A/W 2011 season.
10 years on, Marc Jacobs hasn’t lost his touch and ‘Marc by Marc Jacobs’ is home to some of the most exquisite garments ever made and at a more affordable price than a lot of designer ranges out there. Watch this space because the best of Marc Jacobs is yet to come!