Marc Jacobs talks about what happens next

Life after Louis Vuitton


We’re still reeling from the news that Marc Jacobs’ tenure at Louis Vuitton has come to an end after 16 years. The designer and his partner, Robert Duffy, are leaving the house but staying within the LVMH fold to concentrate on growing the Marc Jacobs brand, which is expected to be floated on the stock market in three years.

Post-show WWD sat down with Jacobs, Duffy and LVMH chairman, Bernard Arnault, to talk about what happens next. Here are the five big things that we learnt...


Jacobs only decided that this morning’s show would be his last for Louis Vuitton...this morning.
‘Mr. Arnault left it to Robert and me. Two weeks ago when I arrived back in Paris, he said, ‘The future of Marc Jacobs will require so much of your and Robert’s attention that at some point you will have to decide when you will make it your last show.’ But he left it to us to decide. And we had just — probably brought on by the [WWD] story and all the rumours — we just decided like [today].’ – Marc Jacobs

Which means that the show wasn’t, in fact, a retrospective.
‘I know people will perceive this in whatever way they want. They will read into all sorts of things. The choices that I made were based on something completely different. This was never my intention to be the last show. The three of us, with Michael’s company, decided that [last-minute]. So again, whatever.’ – Marc Jacobs

Despite all the rumours there is no successor lined up to take the job.
‘No decision is done. We have to, after the show, think and decide. But no decision will be made immediately.’ – Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault has a pretty high opinion of Marc Jacobs.
‘We have an incomparable relationship. I think Marc is one of, if not the, most talented people that I’ve ever worked with.’ – Bernard Arnault

The future holds a major overhaul and expansion of all things Marc Jacobs.
‘We’ve started to reposition Marc by Marc, so we hired a new design team. We’re going to start increasing the collection handbag business and we’re going to start working on distribution. We really have to redefine what we’re doing. It’s almost like bringing everything back to square one.’ – Robert Duffy

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