Whether it be for his Daisy perfume or amazing lookbooks online, Marc Jacobs is all around well known. He successfully started his own company, and continuously does what he loves to do. I admire Marc Jacobs for his perseverance in tackling whatever life throws at him; throughout his life, he didn’t let anyone stop him from achieving his dreams.
Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. When he was just seven years old, Jacobs’ father passed away. Family life forever changed, and when Jacobs was a teenager, he moved in with his grandmother in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her love for aesthetically pleasing things inspired Jacobs to create his own designs. She allowed Jacobs to explore and pursue his dream of one day becoming a fashion designer.
Jacobs attended the High School of Art and Design while working at a clothing boutique called Charivari. He then got accepted into Parsons School for Design, where he graduated in 1984. He received the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award and won Design Student of the Year.
Post-graduation, Jacobs became the women’s wear designer for Perry Ellis. He was the youngest designer ever to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis “New Fashion Talent” in 1987. In 1992, Jacobs designed a “grunge” collection for Perry Ellis; the critics loved it, but company hated it, and this inspired Jacobs to go out on his own. With financial help from former bosses, Jacobs launched his own company with longtime business partner Robert Duffy in 1993.
While starting his own designs, Jacobs also became the creative director of Louis Vuitton in Paris, France. This implemented professional success but also personal pressures that led to drug use and addiction. Jacobs said he felt “taller, funnier, smarter, cooler” with alcohol. With helps from friends such as Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell, Jacobs checked into rehab in 1999.
After rehab, Jacobs expanded his own company and began Louis Vuitton’s first ready-to-wear label. He left Louis Vuitton in October 2013 to focus on his own line, Marc Jacobs. Marc Jacobs is available in department stores and on the online website. He sells bags, perfumes, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children.
“Marc seems to have lived more than the most, seen more than the most, survived more than most, and he somehow knows exactly what to appropriate, what to sample, where to draw inspiration from.” —Anna Wintour, editor-in-cheif of Vogue since 1988