By  on February 24, 1994

NEW YORK -- Designer Marc Jacobs will produce a small collection for fall, Robert Duffy, his partner in Jacob Duffy Design, said Wednesday.

Duffy said he and Jacobs are considering introducing the line on Saturday, April 9, for a limited number of press and retailers in their showroom at 113 Spring St. in SoHo here. The date falls during show week for the New York fall collections and on Jacobs's birthday.

"There will probably not be more than 100 pieces in the collection, and we're going to keep distribution very limited to literally just a couple of stores," said Duffy. "We want to have a show for a limited audience as well."

The line is being produced here and in Italy and is being financed in part by Perry Ellis International. Jacobs was the head designer for the Perry Ellis women's collection from 1988 until February 1993, when the firm decided to get out of the manufacturing business and shut down the designer collection.

At that time, executives at PEI said they would be willing to lend support to a new venture by Jacobs and Duffy.

Duffy said Jacobs's consulting work for Iceberg, an Italian sportswear firm, and Renown, a Japanese retailer, had given them the cash flow to finance part of the new collection themselves.

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