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  Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 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
Company, L.P.
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.
The first multi-brand store in the U.S. opened in August 2004 on Boston’s Newbury Street and May 2005 brought the
opening of 3 new stores in Los Angeles.
The company opened their first free-standing European store in Paris at The Palais Royal in January, 2006 and followed
with a London location in February, 2007. In the Spring of 2007 a full line of children’s wear, aptly named Little Marc Jacobs
was launched.
In January, 2008 a Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique opened in Chicago’s Bucktown and several limited edition fragrances
were launched. The fall brought openings in Paris, Madrid, Istanbul and Athens--all with their first Marc by Marc locations.
The company has expanded to more than 100 stores worldwide. 2009 will bring new stores in London, Sao Paolo and Milan
and a Collection store in Chicago
Multiple freestanding stores and shop–in-shops continue to open domestically and across the Far East. Currently Marc
Jacobs Collection and Marc by Marc Jacobs stores can be found in four locations in Hong Kong, four locations in Taiwan,
twenty-five locations in Japan (including flagships in Osaka and Aoyama) and five locations in Korea.
Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy are committed to giving back to the communities where they have stores and have been
involved with over 60 charities. Their continual support of these charitable projects continues to be a top priority.