Marc Jacobs was born in New York City on April 9, 1963. After graduating from the HighSchool of Art and Design in 1981 he entered Parson's School of Design. As a designstudent at Parson's, Jacobs was the recipient of some of the schools highest honors. Hewas awarded the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, the Chester Weinberg Gold ThimbleAward, and the Design Student of the Year Award all in 1984. While still at Parson's Jacobsalso designed and sold his first collection of hand-knitsweaters. The collection wasdesigned for Ruben Thomas, Inc., which is still in tact today. In 1986, backed byKashiyama USA, Inc., Jacobs designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label.The following year, Jacobs received the distinct honor of being the youngest designer everto be awarded the fashion industry's highest tribute: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent. In 1989 Jacobs and Duffy joinedPerry Ellis. Duffy was named President and Jacobs was named Vice-President of Women'sDesign. While at Perry Ellis, Jacobs oversaw the design of various women's licensees aswell as creting the designer collection. In 1992, the CFDA once again bestowed Jacobs witha distinct honor: the Women's Designer of the Year Award. In the fall of 1993, Jacobs DuffyDesigns Inc. launched their own licensing and design company: Marc Jacobs InternationalCompany, LP.