Marc Jacobs was born in NYC on April 9, '63. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in '81, he entered Parsons School of Design. While at Parsons, Marc Jacobs designed his first collection of hand-knit sweaters commissioned and sold by Barbara Weiser under the label "Marc Jacobs for Marc and Barbara" for the Weiser Family's well-known stores, Charivari. As a design student at Parsons, Marc Jacobs was the recipient of some of the schools highest honors: the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble, and Design Student of the Year. On the Spring evening in 1984 that Marc Jacobs showed his Senior Collection and was presented with these awards, Rober Duffy, an executive with Ruben Thomas, Inc., was in the audience. After seeing Marc Jacobs' collection he called the next day to inquire about having him develop a ready-to-wear collection for Ruben Thomas, Inc. under the Sketchbook label. This conversation marked the beginning of what became a partnership, called Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. The partnership was based on 2 very simple conscepts: a love for fashion and a commitment to quality. The partnership and the concepts it was based on remain the cornerstones of the company today. In '86, backed by Kashiyama USA, Inc., Marc Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label. The following year, Marc Jacobs received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer ever to be awarded the fashion industry's highest tribute when he was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent.