Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries.
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1.Marc Jacobs was born on the 9th of April, 1963, in New York city.
2.He was born to a non-observant Jewish family.
3.His father, an agent at the William Morris Agency, died when Jacobs was 7 years old.
4.His mother, who remarried three times, was “mentally ill” and “didn’t really take care of her kids”, according to Jacobs.
5.As a teenager, he went to live with his paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side, in an apartment in the Majestic on Central Park West.
6.His grandmother’s death in 1987 was a major loss for the designer, affecting him greatly creatively.
7.At age 15, Marc Jacobs worked as a stockboy at an avant-garde boutique in New York City.
8.He started going to Studio 54 when he was 15 years old. He would bring his books to the nightclub and go to school in the morning.
9.He attended the High School of Art and Design and studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
10.During his studies at Parsons in 1984, Jacobs won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, and Design Student of the Year Award.
11.In 1987, Jacobs was the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for “New Fashion Talent”.
12.In 1986, backed by Onward Kashiyama USA, Inc., Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label.
13.In 1992, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Jacobs with The Women’s Designer of the Year Award. In the same year, he designed a “grunge” collection for Perry Ellis, leading to his dismissal.
14.In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P.
15.In 1994, Jacobs produced his first full collection of menswear.
16.In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Louis Vuitton’s creative director, where he created the company’s first ready-to-wear clothing line.
17.He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014.
18.Jacobs has collaborated with many popular artists for his Louis Vuitton collections, including Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and most recently American artist Richard Prince and rapper Kanye West.
18.In the spring of 2001, Jacobs introduced his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs.
19.In 2007 filmmaker Loïc Prigent released a documentary film about Jacobs entitled Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.
20.In February 2008, Jacobs was accused of plagiarizing a scarf design created in the 1950s by Swedish designer Gösta Olofsson. Jacobs settled the matter by offering monetary compensation to Olofsson’s son.
21.In 2009, Jacobs launched a shirt, sold at his stores, demanding the legalization of gay marriage.
22.In February 2013, Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke. In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one year where he is slated to give the brand a “stylish and light-hearted” makeover.
23.In October 2013, after the Spring – Summer 2014 show, it was revealed that Marc Jacobs will leave Louis Vuitton to focus on his own line
24.On January 9, 2014 it was announced that Jacobs’s new Spring-Summer collection would feature actress/singer Miley Cyrus photographed by David Sims
25.On February 26, 2014, it was announced that actress Jessica Lange would be the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty.
26.Jacobs was on Time magazine’s “2010 Time 100” list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
27.Jacobs has an ongoing project entitled, “Protect The Skin You’re In”, which has celebrities pose nude, with their breasts and frontal area covered, for T-shirts to raise awareness about melanoma and all sales benefit research at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
28.Some of the celebrities that have posed are: Miley Cyrus, Eva Mendes, Kate Upton, Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Hilary Swank and Naomi Campbell.
29.He also ranked number 14 on Out magazine’s 2012 list of “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America”
30.In an interview with British Vogue, he compared his relationship with then LVMH boss, Bernard Arnault, to that of Babe the pig and his reticent but well-meaning owner. “I am that pig and he pats me on the back and says, ‘That’ll do, pig,’ and I just feel this is the highest praise.”
31.He named an ostrich-skin handbag the BB, after fashion blogger BryanBoy.
32.In 2007, he dyed his hair blue during the Takashi Murakami Gala at The Museum of Contemporary Art.
33.He has 28 tattoos including SpongeBob SquarePants, a scene from the film Poltergeist, and one that says “Bros before hos.”
34.Jacobs, along with business partner Robert Duffy, have been involved with over 100 charities worldwide.
35.Julia Roberts was the first customer of his inaugural boutique, which opened on Mercer Street in Soho in 1997.
36.Designer Tracy Reese was one of his best friends while studying at Parsons.
37.Marc Jacobs used to deal with stress by eating McDonald’s, KFC, and junk food.
38.Losing weight was a turning point – and it was then that the designer started wearing kilts.
39.Marc Jacobs wore a lace dress at the 2012 ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’ Costume Institute Gala.
40.His grandmother made the original samples for his senior collection at Parsons.
41.Always a fan of over-the-top costumes, Jacobs outdid himself at his 2007 company Christmas party when he arrived dressed as giant camel toe.
42.Jacobs does not conform to normal social standards. He likes to believe that “one doesn’t have to do the same thing everyone else does to have success”.
43.When he was young, he had really, really long hair.
44.Cigarettes are one of his vices. He consumes two packs of cigarettes a day.
45.In 2011, he was spoofed on South Park as a doll named “Muscle Man Marc.” Jacobs, however, hardly took offence. “Being on South Park was the high point of my life so far,” he later told the press.
46.He sent Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain his Perry Ellis ‘grunge’ collection, which the pair then burned.
47.He hated the name Marc by Marc for his diffusion line, but settled with it anyway due to trademark complexities.
48.In 2011, Jacobs became a member of the CFDA board of directors.
49.Notable friends of Jacobs include Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and Christy Turlington.
50.It took 10 or 15 years for Jacobs to get more than a “That’ll do” response from his boss Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer at LVMH.
51.He went to rehab twice—first in 1999 and then in 2007.
52.He thinks Ralph Lauren is the greatest American designer.
53.But Yves Saint Laurent is his favorite designer.
54.Marc Jacobs made T-shirts out of graffiti artist Kidult’s vandalism of the SoHo store and sold them for $680 a piece.
55.He made his movie debut in “DISCONNECT”.