Marc Jacobs On The Business Of Being Marc Jacobs
The thing we love about Interview magazine’s interviews is that they feature famous people interviewing other famous people. Nicole Kidman talks with Marion Cotillard, Ben Affleck talks to Blake Lively, and scores of cool people get paired up to talk with other cool people.
So when Robert Duffy talked to his business partner and genius designer Marc Jacobs, of course we got super excited. The entire spread from the magazine, including its cover and photos of Jacobs and a model wearing his clothes, is on the official Marc Jacobs International Facebook page. And while the photos are stunning, what we’re most excited about is everything he says about the business side of being Marc Jacobs — and as it turns out, it’s a lot more exciting than you might think.
Duffy: I was explaining in a staff meting the other day what a long prcess it was in launching ur new men’s frangrance, Bang — it took tw years and there wre all these roadblocks. Some peopole said, “Did Marc just want to make a statement about his body?” because you’re naked in the ads. I said, “Absolutely not. If you only knew the process we wne through.” Maybe you want to talk about that.
Jacobs: You were the wone who had the idea of having me in the ads. At first I thought, “Ohhh, I don’t know …” But then I thought, “Yeah, why not?” … If Yves Saint Laurent did it, it certainly isn’t a bad thing, you know? But i did feel physically proud of my body. We both knew it was going to meet with some resistance. Even on the day of the shoot with Juergen [Teller] we had to try it with jeans and a shirt, but it just never looked good with clothes on.
On the business:
Duffy: As our company gets bigger, it becomes more corporate. For the first 25 years of our careers, no one wanted t ohear from us, and now we have five million people who want to be involved somehow. I started twittering and we had so many followers, but then the corporate lawyers took me off it. How do you feel about that. As our company gets bigger, you and I seem to be more censored. It frustrates me. Does it frustrate you?
Jacobs: I think that anything that affects you affects me. I am Marc Jacobs by birth, but we are Marc Jacobs by the company we built. So that’s been our relationship since I’ve know you from 20,000 years ago. Every action has a reaction, and with everything we do there is a consequence. Sometimes it’s not so bad and sometimes it sucks. But I knoew we both have our frustrations about this subject — probably you more than I because you protect me from all of it … So I don’t feel as censored.
On New York fashion:
Duffy: Here’s a question that you’re probably going to find lame but I’m going to ask you anyway. What is your honest take on New York fashion?
Jacobs: I feel like you and I have always felt a little bit outside of a community, or at least, speaking for myself, I have felt like that. There are other designers there who I respect in terms of their work, but I feel like we operate in our own world. We never followed the same path, like, to show at the tents or have a stre in a certain neighborhood. We’ve always followed the beat of our own drum.
You can read the whole thing here, or pick up a copy of the october issue when it hits newsstands.