The distinguished designers return to New York has been triumphant. Here he talks about sobriety, social media and how clothes help articulate our feelings
You can ask me anything. Im an open book. What do you want to know?
That, right there, is who Marc Jacobs is. Maybe he doesnt mean it quite literally what smart, self-respecting 52-year-old is going to share his deepest secrets with a journalist he barely knows? but the sentiment is heartfelt, no doubt about that. I Want Your Love, Chics 1979 disco classic, is playing in his office, seven floors above Spring Street in New Yorks SoHo. Jacobs lights a cigarette and leans back in his chair. I have the word Shameless tattooed on my chest. I want to be as honest as I possibly can, he says. I sleep better at night.
Marc Jacobs made his first appearance in American Vogue in 1986, sporting long hair and an oversized black sweater in the back row of a group shot of eight up-and-coming designers. Thirty years later his name remains box office, with the clout to close New York fashion week. But this Marc Jacobs, on the other hand the joke-sharing, secret-spilling social media personality is newly minted in the two years since he finished an epic 16-year stint at the helm of Louis Vuitton. He has climbed down from his Parisian ivory tower, settled back into downtown New York and begun a restructuring of his label that puts Marc Jacobs, the man his face, his values, his sense of humour front and centre. And in doing so, he has rebooted his persona as one of the most compelling figures in the fashion industry.