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Marc Jacobs

Founder & Creative Director, Marc Jacobs

The decorated American designer was the first to introduce 1990s grunge on the catwalk and has since grown his namesake brand into a global fashion force.

United States Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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The decorated American designer was the first to introduce 1990s grunge on the catwalk and has since grown his namesake brand into a global fashion force.

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Biography

As co-founder of his namesake label and critically acclaimed artistic director for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs oversees two of the fashion industry’s most significant brands, both boasting a global following and coveted status. Having repositioned Louis Vuitton with his innovative designs and accessory logos, Jacobs has also cultivated the Marc Jacobs brand in both its main and diffusion ranges, overseeing successful fragrance, cosmetics, books and stationery launches in the ten years since its founding. 

Holding a slew of titles to his name in recognition of his influential work, Jacobs’ numerous industry accolades include a series of CFDA awards, a plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame in New York City’s Garment District, as well as commendation as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to fashion in Paris. In 2013, Jacobs and business partner Robert Duffy were also jointly nominated to receive Fashion Group International’s Superstar Award, marking the first time the award has been presented to two people within the industry.

Jacobs’s early experience in fashion was formed in 1978 whilst working as a store assistant at New York clothing boutique Charivari, where the 15 year-old struck up a friendship with Perry Ellis.

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