Marc Jacob’s spirit has always been steeped in childhood. It’s a youthful charisma most clearly evidenced in his designs. And from the time he sent waifish, moon-eyed models down the runway at the height of the grunge movement wearing flannel shirts and droopy beanies, I and countless others have been enchanted. Despite achieving international fame as the designer at the helm of not only his own eponymous brands, but also French luxury house Louis Vuitton, Jacobs hasn’t lost his ability to tap into the young—his fall show even saw a few model’s hair dyed midnight blue.
Though Jacobs may look vastly different nowadays—when I meet him in his NYC showroom, he is trim and tan with closely shorn hair, a far cry from the ghostly pallor and ponytail that were once his signature—he speaks of his inspirations, specifically those that led him to create his newest fragrance Daisy, with the vigor of a more novice designer. “With the perfume I just thought Daisy was a nice name because really it’s a flower with no scent yet it has such a connotation,” explains Jacobs between drags on the first of what would be many cigarettes. “Such a beautiful and young and free-spirited sort of pretty girl connotation. So I thought it was the perfect blank canvas for making something that evoked all those things. It’s great to reference a flower that has no scent when making a perfume…I like the irony of it.”
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