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A History of Marc Jacobs

The Marc Jacobs brand is the brainchild of renowned designer and the brand’s namesake, Marc Jacobs. The Marc Jacobs brand creates beautiful, high-fashion shoes and clothing, adored on the runways but worn by women everywhere all the same. The magnificent styles of women’s Marc Jacobs shoes and fashion are heralded for their daring appeal, reverberating equal parts joyful delight and fearsome awe throughout the fashion world time and time again. Contemporary women and fashionistas are drawn to Marc Jacobs shoes, Marc Jacobs boots, and Marc Jacobs sandals for their stunning elegance.

But before the Marc Jacobs brand would take over the world of fashion, Marc Jacobs the fashion designer had to introduce himself to that same world himself.

Marc Jacobs, the designer

Marc Jacobs was born on April 9, 1963 in New York City to a Jewish family. Although he was raised in New Jersey, Marc Jacobs would make it back to New York to attend the New York High School of Art and Design. After graduating from there, he moved onto The New School in New York City, studying in the university’s art and design division, Parsons New School for Design. It’s there that he designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters. Marc Jacobs received a plethora of awards, including the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award, and the Design Student of the Year Award, all in 1984.

The Start of the Marc Jacobs Brand

In 1986, Marc Jacobs launched the Marc Jacobs fashion line. His designs injected a sense of whimsy and eccentricity into luxurious, trend-setting style. The brand was a hit. It was actually such a hit that Marc Jacobs won the coveted Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

In 1997, the Marc Jacobs brand opened its first store, located in New York’s famed Soho district. This would be just the catalyst for the wide expansion of the Marc Jacobs brand. Eventually, Marc Jacobs would open stores all across the U.S., including stores in Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The company would spread overseas as well to Paris, London, Madrid, Athens, Milan, and many more cities. Marc Jacobs now has more than 100 stores worldwide.

Marc by Marc Jacobs and Other Collections from Marc Jacobs

In 2001, Marc Jacobs launched the Marc by Marc Jacobs line to complement the original Marc Jacobs collection. The Marc by Marc Jacobs line was created to offer a much more affordable alternative to the original collection. Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, boots, and sandals combine Marc Jacobs’ quirky personality with retro-inspired styles.

Marc Jacobs also introduced a full line of children’s shoes and wear, named Little Marc Jacobs. In addition, Marc Jacobs produces a variety of accessories such as watches, jewelry, bags, and eyewear. Most recently, in 2008, Marc Jacobs launched a limited edition line of fragrances.