At the age of 7, Marc Jacobs father passed away and his mother’s failed marriages left him disconnected and alone, so he moved in with his grandmother. Fashion design, tap dancing lessons, and partying at nightclubs were all part of the 15 year old’s lifestyle. Although he enjoyed numerous freedoms, Jacobs stayed focused on his goal: to become a fashion designer. After graduating from Parsons, he took over design for Perry Ellis. A critically acclaimed grunge collection finally made Jacobs realize that he needed to create his own label: Marc Jacobs. After the success of his initial line, he expanded to include a children’s line and a more affordable collection: Marc by Marc Jacobs.