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Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 01 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons
Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 01 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

9 Things You Didn’t Know About NYC Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs

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Updated: 2 November 2016
NYC-born designer Marc Jacobs has revolutionized the world of fashion, breaking boundaries and redefining concepts of ‘beauty’ and ‘style.’ From 1997 until 2014, he served as the Creative Director of French design house Louis Vuitton, and he now works as the Head Designer for his own label, Marc Jacobs, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. He’s been ranked on Time Magazine‘s list of the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Out Magazine‘s ’50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.’ Here are nine things you may not know about this iconic figure.

He’s a native New Yorker

That’s right: Marc Jacobs was born and raised in New York City. He was educated at the High School of Art and Design and later went on to study at Parsons School of Design. While in attendance at Parsons, Jacobs won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, the Design Student of the Year Award, and an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. 

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 08 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 08 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

He’s done a little acting

His blockbuster debut came from a small role in the film Disconnect (2012); he subsequently came to the realization that acting wasn’t a part of his professional destiny. He may have vowed never to set foot in front of a camera again, but it seems he’s had a change of heart: Jacobs recently made another appearance on the silver screen in Zoolander 2. This time, however, he played himself.

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 01 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 01 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

He has a cult following

Lady Gaga has her Little Monsters, Justin Bieber has his Beliebers, and Beyoncé has her Beyhive, but did you know that Marc Jacobs has an influential fan base of his own? A ‘Marc-olette’ is how a dedicated follower would describe his or herself. Marc-olettes have followed Jacobs’s career since he emerged onto the scene, and they proudly purchase and endorse his products.

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Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 11 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Like father, like son

Marc Jacobs isn’t the only one with a huge following; his black and white spotted companion, Neville Jacobs, has a very active Instagram page. This bull terrier’s daily activities and shenanigans are well-documented through photographs and videos, and his posts prove that the designer’s furry friend is just as much a New Yorker as he is. With over one thousand followers, Neville Jacobs is well on his way to becoming New York City’s most popular pooch.

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 09 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 09 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

From one fashion icon to another

You know you’ve made it as an artist when you get people talking, especially when the person talking is none other than famed New York Times street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Before Marc Jacobs was discovered by Perry Ellis, he had a part-time high school job at Charivari in New York City. Although he wasn’t officially employed as a designer, he was given the opportunity to design some sweaters for the boutique. At a young age, it was evident that he was well on his way to a wildly successful career; his sweaters were subsequently photographed by Cunningham, who is world famous for his keen eye. The exposure from an already established New York icon assisted in furthering Jacobs’s career.

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 06 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 06 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

He’s deeply inspired by NYC

Like Cunningham, Marc Jacobs draws inspiration from his surroundings. And when New York City constitutes your surroundings, your inspiration is practically endless. NYC streets are runways in and of themselves, and Jacobs’s subsequent designs offer a unique perspective on fashion. He’s adamant about distinguishing one collection from another; his clothes are rich in variety and reflect a wide range of trends that are unique, historic, and relatable.

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 13 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 13 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

He’s got beauty and brains

Marc Jacobs also encourages education. Not only does he have experience in the fashion and entertainment industries, but he also dabbles in the publishing world. While he has yet to write a book, he’s the founder of the popular bookstore Bookmarc. With locations all over the world, Jacobs has found a way to draw people back to the pleasures of reading. Bookmarc locations host author meet-and-greets and public book signings. Stop by for a book on fashion, New York City, visual art, and more.

Bookmarc, 400 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 4021     

He’s something of an honorary Parisian

Marc Jacobs was a part of a museum showing at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs was an exhibition that followed the success of the Louis Vuitton brand from its birth through the time when Marc Jacobs served as the label’s Creative Director. While working on his namesake brand, Jacobs kept Vuitton’s legacy alive for 15 years. Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs showcased the evolution of the brand and exhibited how both of these designers have made an impact on the fashion industry. The exhibition was open for seven months in 2013.

Les Arts Decoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 44 55 57 50

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 12 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

Marc Jacobs Fall-Winter 2012 12 | © CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK/WikiCommons

He has a musical past

Jacobs has yet to set foot on a Broadway stage, but he is very much into music. He’s collaborated with several musical artists — most recently with Missy Elliott who joined Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2016 collection campaign. Her unique fashion and musical style called to Jacobs’s own ideas on what creativity means and how it can materialize in an infinite number of ways.