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Marc Jacobs is best known for his fashion design with Louis Vuitton and his own label.
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Jacobs took over as the women's-wear designer for Perry Ellis, where he won the prestigious 1992 CFDA prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year (an award he would win again in 1997). In 1993, after Perry Ellis shuttered its manufacturing operations—and after Jacobs sent out a "grunge" collection for the label that critics loved but the company hated—Jacobs struck out on his own. With financial backing from his former bosses,
he started his own company with longtime business partner Robert Duffy. The Marc Jacobs label soon proved a success.
In 1997, Jacobs was named creative director of the Louis Vuitton house of luxury goods in Paris. The job was a professional triumph, but it brought new pressures that threw Jacobs's personal life into a tailspin. He began a period of heavy drug use, with near-nightly binges of cocaine, heroin and alcohol. "It's a cliché," Jacobs later said of his addiction, "but when I drank I was taller, funnier, smarter, cooler." Friends, including model Naomi Campbell and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, persuaded Jacobs to seek help. He checked into rehab in 1999.
After getting clean, Jacobs threw himself back into his work, launching Louis Vuitton's first ready-to-wear line while expanding his own label. His three Marc Jacobs collections—two for adults and one for children—are sold at dozens of Marc Jacobs boutiques worldwide. He has also licensed his name to perfumes and accessories. The Council of Fashion Designers of America named him the Menswear Designer of the Year in 2002, and Accessories Designer of the Year in 1998/99, 2003 and 2005.
In January 2010, Jacobs married boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, a Brazilian PR executive, at a friend's home in St. Barts in the French West Indies. Years after his debut as the "boy wonder" of the fashion world, Jacobs' work continues to turn heads. "For some reason, Marc's show is always the most important place to be seen," one fan said, "the one place where you know all the people who matter will be."
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