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Marc Jacobs, Harry Louis & Lorenzo Martone

Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with more than 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He had been the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013. Jacobs was on Time Magazine's "2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and ranked 14th on Out Magazine's 2012 list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".

From 2011 to 2013 his boyfriend was former Brazilian porn star Harry Louis. In October 2013, Louis announced on Instagram that the couple have split: So I would like to be the first one to share with you all the news… Me and Marc have decided not carry on with our relationship as boyfriends... The distance and lack of time because of work schedules aren’t really something realistic, and he’s such a beautiful and amazing person, that I think he deserve a bf who will stay at least in one of the cities that he leaves in. Also, I need that too… We love each other very much, and that it was a decision from both!!!! Every special minute we’ve spent together will be treasured, and a new chapter of our both lives has started… Both of us focusing in work, and make it work!!!! So, for those who were always supportive of us, please don’t be sad, live [sic] goes on, to all of us… And for those who were praying that this day were coming, there you have… Marc Jacobs and Harry Louis aren’t officially a couple anymore!!!!" (P: Marc Jacobs and Harry Louis)

Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone split in 2010 after two years and an engagement together. But in April 2013, they were seen together as they Sunday-brunched together at Sant Ambroeus in New York's West Village. Relations between the fashion designer and the 17 years younger bicycle designer appeared cordial. In January 2015 the two were vacationing together in St. Barts, and Lorenzo wrote on his profile: “2015 vibes: Don’t let the fear of what COULD happen let nothing happen. A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream you dream together can become reality.”


Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone split in 2010 after two years and an engagement together. But in April 2013, they were seen together as they Sunday-brunched  at Sant Ambroeus in New York's West Village. Relations between the fashion designer and the 17 years younger bicycle designer appeared cordial. In January 2015 the two were vacationing together in St. Barts, and Lorenzo wrote on his profile: “2015 vibes: Don’t let the fear of what COULD happen let nothing happen. A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream you dream together can become reality.”












Marc Jacobs & Harry Louis









































Always in October 2013, Jacobs announced his choice to leave Louis Vuitton after 16 years with the French fashion house to focus on his own label. Louis, who also runs a chocolate making business in London, was with the designer in Paris just a week ago to watch him say farewell Louis Vuitton.

Marc Jacobs was born to a non-observant Jewish family in New York City. When he was seven, his father, an agent at the William Morris agency, died. His mother, who remarried three times, was “mentally ill” and “didn’t really take care of her kids”, according to Jacobs. As a teenager, he went to live with his paternal grandmother on the Upper West Side, in an apartment in the Majestic on Central Park West.

He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1981 and studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York. During his time at Parsons, Jacobs won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award in 1984, and in the same year was also awarded the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and the Design Student of the Year Award.

At age fifteen, Jacobs worked as a stockboy at Charivari, a now-defunct avant-garde clothing boutique in New York City. While still at Parsons, Jacobs designed and sold his first line of hand-knit sweaters. He also designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, Inc., under the Sketchbook label. With Robert Duffy, Jacobs' creative collaborator, and business partner since the mid-1980s, he formed Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc.

In 1986, backed by Onward Kashiyama USA, Inc., Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label. In 1987, Jacobs was the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry's highest tribute, the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Perry Ellis Award for "New Fashion Talent". In 1988, Jacobs and Duffy joined the women's design unit of Perry Ellis after its founder, Perry Ellis, had died as vice president and president, respectively. In addition, Jacobs oversaw the design of the various women's licensees. In 1992, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Jacobs with The Women's Designer of the Year Award. In the same year, he designed a "grunge" collection for Perry Ellis, leading to his dismissal.

In the fall of 1993, Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. launched their own licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P. In 1994, Jacobs produced his first full collection of menswear. In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Louis Vuitton's creative director, where he created the company's first ready-to-wear clothing line. Jacobs has collaborated with many popular artists for his Louis Vuitton collections, including Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and most recently American artist Richard Prince and rapper Kanye West.

In the spring of 2001, Jacobs introduced his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. In 2006, Jacobs started a new line of body-splash fragrances in affordable huge ten-ounce bottles which are distributed by Coty. First only being sold in perfume boutiques, they have become more and more popular during the recent years. In 2007 filmmaker Loïc Prigent released a documentary film about Jacobs entitled Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. In 2009, Jacobs launched a shirt, sold at his stores, demanding the legalization of gay marriage. In May 2009, Jacobs co-hosted, with fashion model Kate Moss, a "model and muse"-themed gala for the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

In February 2010, Jacobs sued Ed Hardy for infringing on the designs of one of his embroidered handbags. In the course of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in July 2011 Jacobs was the patron of the young talent award “Designer for Tomorrow by Peek & Cloppenburg”. The five finalists were selected by Jacob and the juryboard and received a personal coaching by Jacobs. The juryboard and Jacobs appointed the winner of 2011 during the DfT award show. In August 2011, it was reported that Jacobs may succeed John Galliano as creative director of Christian Dior. According to The Daily Telegraph, Jacobs “firmly laid to rest rumours that he was to move to Christian Dior” in January 2012, but rumours prevail.

In February 2013, Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke. In honor of the brand's 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one year where he is slated to give the brand a "stylish and light-hearted" makeover.

Explaining his clothes, Jacobs has said "what I prefer is that even if someone feels hedonistic, they don't look it. Curiosity about sex is much more interesting to me than domination. ... My clothes are not hot. Never. Never." The audience for his fashion shows typically includes celebrities like Kim Gordon and Vincent Gallo. Guy Trebay, a critic for The New York Times, in response to Oscar de la Renta's comment that a coat designed by Jacobs closely resembled one that de la Renta had designed thirty years earlier, wrote that "unlike the many brand-name designers who promote the illusion that their output results from a single prodigious creativity, Mr. Jacobs makes no pretense that fashion emerges full blown from the head of one solitary genius".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Jacobs

Further Readings:

Marc Jacobs (Memoirs) by Bridget Foley
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Assouline Publishing; 1St Edition edition (December 30, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2843236304
ISBN-13: 978-2843236303
Amazon: Marc Jacobs (Memoirs)

A chic volume devoted to the career of one of the brightest, most successful and imitated international designers.

In a 20-year career, Marc Jacobs has soared from whiz-kid extraordinaire and the toast of New York s Parsons School of Design to one of the brightest, most successful, and most imitated international designers of our time. His is a story of passion, dogged determination, countless obstacles, and a firm belief in style as a major cultural barometer. But most of all, his is a story of fashion s limitless potential to delight. The ultimate hip designer, Marc Jacobs has achieved that status not via expressions of angst or outrage but by celebrating fashion as a mirror on life s gleeful ironies. He finds charm in awkwardness as well as glamour and inspiration in bad girls, good girls, and all-out geeks. This book is a wonderful soiree to which everyone is invited.

More Fashion Designers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

More LGBT Couples at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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