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Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963 and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He attended high school at the High School of Art and Design in New York City, graduating in 1981.

In 1981, Jacobs entered the Parson's School of Design where he was recognized as a talented young designer, receiving the Perry Ellis Golden Thimble Award and the Design Student of the Year Award for a collection of hand knit sweaters that he made in his senior year.

While at the Parson's School of Design, Jacobs was approached by Robert Duffy to design a collection for the Reuben Thomas, Inc., under the Sketchbook label. This was the first collection to be sold by Jacobs.

In 1984, Jacobs formed a partnership with Duffy, Jacobs Duffy Designs, and the pairing became legendary in the fashion industry. With Duffy, the first Marc Jacobs collection was launched in 1986, backed by Kashiyama USA, Inc..

In 1987, Jacobs received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer to be awarded the fashion industries highest tribute: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent. By now, Jacobs was on his way to the top in fashion design.

In 1989 Jacobs and Duffy joined Perry Ellis. Duffy was named President and Jacobs was named Vice-President of Women's Design. While at Perry Ellis, Jacobs oversaw the design of various women's licensees as well as creating the designer collection.

Jacobs creations were known for there up to date, modern look and his witty touches added to this mystic. Once again, in 1992, the Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed Jacobs with a distinct honor: the Women's Designer of the Year Award.

After creating his 1993 "grunge" look, a collection that received mixed reviews, he was dismissed from Perry Ellis.

In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own licensing and design company, Marc Jacobs International Company, LP., under which Jacobs launched his first line of clothing for men.

By 1997, Jacobs was in demand from many quarters of the fashion industry, including Louis Vuitton, where he took the position as the artistic director. He designed a line of clothing that would add a modern pop style to their more upscale and dignified line.

At Vuitton, Jacobs has spearheaded such notable collaborations as Stephen Sprouse's graffiti bags, Takashi Murakami's pastel-colored accessories, and the first ready-to-wear line marketed under the Louis Vuitton imprimateur (designed by Jacobs).

His own clothing lines, Marc Jacobs, and the less expensive line, Marc By Marc Jacobs, which he created in 2000, remain popular and Jacobs updated versions of women's wear, made of silk, cotton, and other fine materials, are known for their popularity in upscale circles, especially his Louis Vuitton collections, for which he designed.

Marc Jacob leather handbags, and other accessories, are known for their chic and modern look and feel. His handbags are designed to mimic the colors of the seasons and are adorned with gold fittings and other unique accessories and are loved by women of all ages and personalities.

Especially noteworthy are the Marc Jacobs lines of fragrances for women, Daisy, Essence, and Bush. They are romantic and enchanting, and are very popular, helping to keep the Marc Jacobs brand on a pedestal at the top of fashion circles.

In 2002, Marc Jacobs was honored by the city of New York for his work in the fashion industry. A bronze plaque was placed, in Jacobs honor, on 7th Avenue, which is known in the fashion world as the great street of fashion in New York City.

Marc Jacobs' star continues to rise and the fashion world is looking for great designs from him and his company in the coming years.

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