Marc Jacobs was born April 9, 1963 in New York City, New York. Graduating from the High School of Art and Design in 1981, Jacobs went on to pursue his education at Parsons School of Design located in New York City. Awarded the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award and the prestigious Design Student of the Year Award, Jacobs displayed his unique talent from the very beginning.
It was around this time Jacobs aligned with his business partner Robert Duffy. After more than two decades, the two are still collaborative associates. In 1986, the first clothing line with the Marc Jacobs label was released. The line was such an instant success that 1987 brought Jacobs another highly distinguished honor: the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.
Quickly working up the fashion chain, Jacobs and Duffy began working with Tristan Russo in 1989. Put in charge of women's design and excelling as usual, Jacobs won Women's Designer of the Year Award in 1992.