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, won some of the schools highest honors. While still a student at Parson’s, Jacobs designed and sold his first collection of hand knit sweaters and upon graduation, started with
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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 to him in 1992—the CFDA’s Women’s Designer of the Year. 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.
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. He began to offer large unisex splash bottles for some scents, however, it is his specialty fragrances like the popular perfume Daisy and the playfully alluring Lola which brings him to the forefront. The Bang and Bang Bang colognes for men are a popular choice for chic and trendy men.