It’s the end of an era for Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs is officially no longer the fashion house’s designer and his successor has already been named – former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière. So, how is Jacobs taking the news? According to the designer, he is only seeing it as “super positive” and is focusing on his namesake line with his partner Robert Duffy. He commented:
“It seems like everyone is, ‘Are you OK? Are you upset?’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m really not.’ And no matter what you say, no matter how you explain the situation-for Robert [Duffy] and me, it’s all really super positive, and if I weren’t OK, I would be the first to say I’m not OK. I’m not good at hiding my feelings. I’m also not good at lying. I’m very open about everything.”
Jacobs says that they are both staying hopeful:
“We’re both really hopeful, we both really believe in what Mr. Arnault said, and we all made this choice. We signed our contracts for the changing [situation] in the Marc Jacobs company, with LVMH.”
On what is next for him, Jacobs reveals a plan to launch a line of dog clothing and accessories named ‘Bark Jacobs’ – but he admits he still doesn’t have a master plan when it comes to business:
“We want to do sweaters for dogs and call it ‘Bark Jacobs.’ If it works, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll drop it and do something different, there has never been a master plan. I’m open to the possibility of anything. I do think that in order for a company to be interesting to the investment community, there needs to be a plan; there needs to be a bigger retail footprint. There needs to be this idea – DNA, lifestyle, words I hate.”
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