Is there trouble afoot in the house of Jacobs?
According to this week’s press it would certainly appear so, but we’re not so sure all the punches are fair.
After recent rumors he’d be taking his company public, designer Marc Jacobs has now closed down a major element of his label, the comparatively affordable Marc by Marc Jacobs, amid insider reports of a dysfunctional corporate structure.
And to add insult to injury, the day after his professional setbacks were reported in The Post, Page Six went ahead and shared accounts of Jacobs using Grindr to organize a drug-fueled orgy at his home. Jacobs is reportedly sober, but GHB and meth were allegedly being passed around like discounted Marc by Marc Jacobs vests in a Nordstrom Rack dressing room.
“To whichever guest benefitted from calling this misinformation into the Post,” Jacobs responded on Instagram, “I only wish you good health, happiness, and a long life to enjoy taking advantage of the kindness of strangers and talking shit about others. #reallyqueen?”
Two years ago, Jacobs appeared to be at the top of his game. As head designer for Louis Vuitton, he received standing ovations at runway shows and was lauded by the fashion press as the American golden boy.
He says he left LV by choice, but a source told Reuters the decision may not have been mutual.
The Post details some of Jacobs’ “strange” behavior since then, from being spotted in the same outfit three days in a row (which seems like a nonissue, and and maybe the ultimate fashion statement?) to the law suit filed against him by Adidas for allegedly ripping off their design, to his falling out with long-time collaborator and photographer Juergen Teller after Jacobs insisted that Miley Cyrus was the only option for a campaign.
In June, his Marc Jacobs Collection store at the Palais Royale in Paris closed. It was around the same time he accidentally shared a nude picture on Instagram, captioned “It’s yours to try.” For the record, Jacobs’ response to that faux controversy was perfect: “I was flirting with someone I met on Instagram. Meant to send it by DM. Oops, my mistake. I apologize to anyone it offended. I’m a gay man. I flirt and chat with guys online sometimes. BIG DEAL!”
But perhaps the biggest cause for concern is his longtime friend, business partner and mess-cleaner Robert Duffy quietly stepping down from the empire. Duffy has pulled Jacobs through just about every kind of life crisis you can imagine, from professional failures to multiple bouts with drug addiction.
“That’s always a bad sign,” said veteran retail and trend forecaster David Wolfe. “You can never tell what causes a split like that — it’s like trying to look at the inside of a marriage. It’s going to have a bigger impact than one might think.”
It appears Jacobs is taking the press in stride, however. And why shouldn’t he? He’s persevered through his fair share of challenges, and remains at the end of the day a fiercely creative professional.
He took to Instagram to document the bad press, and respond to those who created it:
And he even advertised his departure from Grindr: