By Robert Duffy / Photography Mikael Jansson
” I’m really happy with the attention that we get. If people weren’t interested in the work then they wouldn’t really care about my personal life… If we built a pile of crap nobody would care what I ate for lunch. ”
” As LONG as the CREATIVITY EXISTS, then I DON’T THINK it’s a SELLOUT. A SELLOUT is PUTTING YOUR NAME on ANY PIECE of CRAP and then EXPECTING PEOPLE to BUY it BECAUSE it’s GOT YOUR NAME on it. THAT’S WHAT a SELLOUT IS to ME. ”
Of course, New Yorkers have been living in a Marc Jacobs world for the past decade: His shops have changed the character of the entire West Village; his very public metamorphosis from hard-partying, behind-the-scenes wunderkind to post-rehab, gym-ripped extrovert with a superstar circle of friends and a sexy Brazilian boyfriend has been the fodder of gossip blogs; and his continual collaboration with artists and musicians at both Marc Jacobs, where he is Designer, and at Louis Vuitton, where he has been creative director for the past 13 years, has opened up the possibilities of fashion to a larger force. The 47-year-old Jacobs may be rightly called the reigning master of fashion, as much for how to create it as for how to promote, present, reinvent, and animate it. Jacobs proved this instinct in what would be his first contribution to fashion history—a grunge collection created during his brief stint at Perry Ellis in 1992 that was so revolutionary and right for the moment, it led to him being fired. Since, he’s had a track record with so many high notes it’s almost shocking that the man manages to turn out collection after collection at two of the most influential labels operating today (in fact, many consider Marc Jacobs to be the saving grace of New York fashion). The one person who has been a constant collaborator, champion, and partner for Jacobs over the years is Robert Duffy, who first teamed up with Jacobs 26 years ago when the world hardly seemed ready for a mix of young street and provocative high fashion. Since then they have built a company that now verges on an empire, comprising clothes, shoes, accessories, stores, fragrances, and even a new men’s scent, appropriately dubbed Bang. Duffy recently spoke to Jacobs, who was in Paris, about his love of attention, his romance with New York, and why getting naked is in line with every choice he’s ever made.
Read this amazing interview by Robert Duffy in : http://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/marc-jacobs-1/