Beyond the Bag: The Story Behind Marc Jacobs
Posted on February 13 2017
If you’re like most designer handbag enthusiasts, you have a favorite designer or two whose creations appear most in your wardrobe. You proudly support and rave about him or her and how their designs impact your life. But do you really know the person behind the brand? Some of the most honored and revered designers of our day have a story that is surprisingly mysterious.
Do you know which designer dropped out of high school? Invented the women’s suit? Was extremely superstitious? We’re digging deep to find out what made some of the most famous designers who they are today, and this week we’re talking about Marc Jacobs.
Before the Fame
Marc Jacobs’ story is one that is as inspirational as it is interesting. His childhood was riddled with loss and transition as he coped with the death of his father at age 7 and then his mother’s three subsequent marriages. Marc lived and spent most of his time with his grandmother, who allowed him the freedom to navigate his early teenage years as he explored his personal and sexual identity, and showed an interest in dancing and nightclubbing. Marc’s love for fashion and design was the one constant of his life that kept him grounded throughout the tumultuous years of his high school career.
Attending the High School of Art and Design allowed 15-year-old Marc to pursue his long-held love for fashion and to begin making a name for himself. He stood out among his peers as a fashion student and quickly developed a personal style that solidified him as an innovative and memorable artist. Jacobs’ dream of becoming a well-known fashion designer was accelerated once he was accepted into Parsons School of Design due to his experience working as a stock boy at a local upscale boutique. While at Parsons, Marc earned various awards and recognition for his work, including the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award and Design Student of the Year in 1984.
From Setbacks to Stardom
Marc was named creative director of the Louis Vuitton house of luxury goods in Paris in 1997. It was around this time that the designer turned to heavy drug use as a release from the pressures of his demanding new career and dwindling social life. His personal and professional life suffered greatly as a result of his addiction, a setback that would become a continuous battle throughout his life.
A spell of sobriety allowed Marc to refocus on his work and launch three highly successful collections, in addition to releasing his own line of men’s and women’s fragrances. In 2002 the fashion designer earned more recognition for being named the Menswear Designer of the Year, as well as the Accessories Designer of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2005.
Marc Jacobs Today
Following the many career highlights and industry accolades, Marc remained in the spotlight because of developments in his personal life. In 2010, Marc married longtime boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, with whom he later separated and maintains an on-again off-again relationship.
If you happen to be a diehard Marc Jacobs fan, you may know of a more recent story in which he spotted Victoria Beckham sporting a fake Louis Vuitton bag! The amused designer sent Beckham the authentic bag as a gift, and the two now call each other friends.
Marc Jacobs’ designs are some of the most well-known in the world, yet the story of his past remains largely untouched. Like most designers, he is most known for his stunning designs and street-savvy approach to fashion, rather than his personal story—but it’s still very interesting to know!
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