What’s life like for Marc Jacobs after he left his throne at Louis Vuitton? Unsurprisingly, it goes on. He’s got his eyes on the horizon, is tackling new challenges, and just wants everyone to know that everything is A-OK. His newest challenge: prepping for his IPO. Last week the designer and his business partner signed a huge new contact with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, one crafted with that specific goal in mind.
In a recent deep-diving interview with WWD, Jacobs seemed ready for the IPO, saying, “I don’t think [it] means giving in or losing your values or ideas. It’s maintaining an open mind in order to go somewhere else.” And his love for fashion and design has not magically disappeared or anything of the sort–he told his interviewer, “I love fashion. It’s what I’ve always loved; it’s my form of self-expression.”
In the comprehensive interview, Jacobs talks everything from inspiration for his final show to his feelings about female designers to his business practices. See below for some a preview of how Marc is doing now, and head over to WWD for the whole shebang.
On post-Louis Vuitton life: “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. ”
On doubting his creative instincts: “All the time; that’s part of the process. For me, there certainly needs to be a healthy dose of questioning, feeling very confident about one’s choices, then questioning one’s choices. That’s how something organically shifts and grows and becomes what it ultimately does.”
On his love for female designers: “Throughout history, the best designers and the ones who have made the biggest difference and the longest-lasting difference in fashion are women. Miuccia Prada, Rei Kawakubo, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Grès, Chanel, Westwood. I remember years ago, Saint Laurent was talking about how he wanted to create a style because that’s what Chanel did.”
On need versus want in fashion: “There is no absolute. I might ask Nick, who works with me, “I need three new T-shirts, would you order them from American Apparel?” But I wouldn’t go into Prada or Comme des Garçons like, “Gee, I need a floral coat in fur.” It’s a different conversation if you’re a fashion person. I need to eat, but do I need to eat a five-course meal with edible flowers around the plate?”
On preparing for the Marc Jacobs IPO: “I don’t know. Robert and I—Robert is a very good businessman and very nurturing as a human being. His qualities are beyond in every way. But we have never sat down and strategically planned out what’s the next three, five years. That’s not how we operate.”