Marc Jacobs sat down with T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi, to discuss his work at Louis Vuitton and at his own company. On a more personal note, Jacobs said it’s true he is “very much in love” with Lorenzo Martone — they are getting married, buying a house together and would like to have children. But well-wishers should steer clear of any Marc Jacobs Facebook pages; they are all fake, according to the designer.
Jacobs said he brought a fresh set of eyes to his role at Vuitton.
“What are travel clothes today? People wear what they want to travel. And I don’t think there’s anything practical about traveling with a trunk,” he said. “Luxury travel is traveling with a toothbrush. That’s it, end of story. The people who really live really luxurious lives don’t need to pack. They’ve got stuff wherever they go.
“I only work to please one person, and that’s Mr. [Bernard] Arnault,” continued Jacobs. “He gave me the job, he wanted me there and he believed I could do it. When he’s pleased, I’m pleased and the only way he’s pleased is when we sell a lot of product.”
A big believer in Mainbocher’s idea that fashion is part of the art of living, Jacobs said his collections are more straightforward than some critics imagine them to be. “I think that we designers owe a lot of that to you journalists, because I’m not really sure that any of that is really going on in any of our heads. But you all write, you embody us with these brilliant thoughts, and I don’t know that they’re really there. I have a job to do. We have to choose colors and make some clothes and then we have to hope that women are going to go out and buy them.”
Asked to define his brand, Jacobs said, “I don’t know. I don’t want to rule the world or anything. I don’t want people to look like WASPs or to look like they came in from riding — I don’t care. That’s fine if somebody needs to invent an image and that’s their thing. But I only ever got into this because I wanted to make some clothes.…I don’t have this world view or this vision of how people should live, be. One doesn’t have to commit and sign themselves up for this lifestyle where their mugs in their kitchen have to match this aesthetic. I just don’t get that. One of the joys of independence and freedom is being able to change your mind and do what you want to do.”
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