is marc jacobs leaving marc jacobs?
Uncertainty at Marc Jacobs as some sources fear the man himself may leave the label.
Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 17, photography Mitchell Sams.
Marc Jacob's future at his own label looks uncertain according to Business of Fashion, with sources close to the label suggesting the designer may be planning a grand departure. "Employees at LVMH's headquarters in Paris continue to speculate that Jacobs could exit the company altogether," Business of Fashion's Lauren Sherman writes, "although senior employees in New York find this scenario both shocking and distressing."
Sources speculate Jacobs may soon step back from his day-to-day duties with a new "creative leader" being brought in underneath the designer to absorb many of his responsibilities. Other sources proposed an alternate scenario: Jacobs leaving the brand entirely.
The designer reportedly struggled to work with former Marc Jacobs chief executive Sebastian Suhl, whom LVHM appointed in 2014 to reinvigorate the brand. Suhl left his post in late May of this year, having found little success lifting the label's sales. He's since been replaced by Kenzo chief executive Eric Marechalle, whom Jacobs reportedly feels hopeful about.
Creatively, the Marc Jacobs label has experienced a renaissance following the designer's departure from Louis Vuitton. His autumn/winter 16 collection (and the stellar accompanying campaign) were rapturously received, as was the impressive autumn/winter 17 offering, one of the most inclusive shows at NYFW. And of course, there's the never-ending success of the Daisy fragrance series.
Despite all the question marks — pardon the pun —surrounding Jacobs' future, sources assured Business of Fashion all is on track for the label's September NYFW presentation.
Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Mitchell Sams