By  on October 20, 2008

MADRID — Marc Jacobs International president Robert Duffy swears by regional partnerships. It’s the linchpin, he says, to international retail success and the reason Madrid was picked for the first Marc by Marc Jacobs store in Spain.

“We’re here because of our partner [Pepe Barroso]. When you don’t know a market, you make sure you team up with the best, and more and more, we are into joint ventures,” he explained Thursday, on the eve of the Madrid kickoff party. “Everybody involved in the Madrid project really likes this brand. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 25 years, it’s the importance of having the right people working for you. Otherwise, forget it.”

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