As the youngest designer to earn the fashion industry’s highest tribute, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, in 1987, Marc Jacobs has never looked back . Born in New York in 1963, Jacobs entered Parson’s School of Design in 1981, and by his graduation year in 1984, he had won some of the school’s highest honors. While still a student at Parson’s, Jacobs designed and sold his first collection of hand-knitted sweaters, and upon graduation, he started with Ruben Thomas Inc. on the Sketchbook collection in 1985. In 1986, backed by Kashiyama USA Inc., Jacobs designed the first collection bearing his name, Marc Jacobs. Joining Perry Ellis in 1989, Jacobs further honed his craft, and another award was bestowed on him in 1992, the CFDA’s Women’s Designer of the Year award. Jacobs left in 1993 and began to design under the Marc Jacobs International Company line. He joined Louis Vuitton as creative director in 1997 and launched his first collection the same year. A secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, was offered beginning in 2001.
Clothing was not to be Marc Jacobs’ only claim to fame, however. Marc Jacobs ventured into fragrances with Coty Inc. and introduced the women’s perfume Marc Jacobs in 2001 and the men’s cologne Marc Jacobs Men in 2002. As he developed the Marc Jacobs fragrance lines, he began to offer large unisex splash bottles for some scents; however, these would not be what propelled his fragrances to popularity. It was his specialty fragrances like the popular perfume Daisy and the playfully alluring Lola that brought him to the forefront. In addition to the Marc Jacob perfume lines for women, he also designed colognes such as the Bang and Bang Bang colognes for men, which are a popular choice for chic and trendy men.
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