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Marc Jacobs was born in New York City in 1963. After graduating
from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 he entered
Parsons School of
Design. As a design student at Parsons, Jacobs was the
recipient of some of the schools highest honors including Design
Student of the Year.
In 1986 Jacobs designed his first collection with the Marc
Jacobs label. The following year, Jacobs 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 business partner Robert 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
Jacobs and Duffy joined Louis
Vuitton in 1997, Jacobs as Artistic Director and Duffy as
Studio Director. They also opened the first Marc Jacobs free
standing store on Mercer Street in New York’s Soho district.
Jacobs introduced the secondary line,
Marc by Marc Jacobs, with
a spring 2001 runway show. He has gone on to win seven CFDA
awards including Womenswear Designer of the Year, Accessories
Designer of the Year and Menswear designer of the year.