Marc Jacobs developed a love of fashion and clothing at an early age, largely influenced by his grandmother in New York, who raised him from the age of seven. As a half-orphan growing up in the upscale neighborhood of the Upper West Side, Jacobs absorbed her mastery of craft coupled with the refined sensibilities of his surroundings. It seemed only natural that he would later pursue a design education after school.
In 1984, his talent caught the attention of fashion label Perry Ellis. This recognition led to support from various labels both domestically and internationally, allowing Jacobs to present his first collection in 1986. He demonstrated a unique ability to rework existing fashions, which earned him further support and opportunities.
In 1993, Jacobs and longtime collaborator Robert Duffy launched Marc Jacobs International. His innovative designs and creations eventually caught the eye of Louis Vuitton, leading to a significant collaboration.
In parallel, Marc Jacobs began to expand his physical retail presence by opening exclusive boutiques in global cities such as New York, Paris, London, Istanbul and Rome. His portfolio grew with the introduction of more affordable lines, "Marc by Marc Jacobs" for men and women in 2001 and "Little Marc Jacobs" for children in 2005, leading to a surge in the number of boutiques worldwide.
Branching out further, Jacobs entered the fragrance industry in 2001 with a line of women's perfumes. His fragrances are characterized by their simplicity, each focusing on a core scent - floral, fruity, woody and more.
Over the years, Marc Jacobs has received numerous awards and accolades from the fashion world, a testament to his endless creativity and adaptability.