Meanwhile, Jacobs is exploring other partnerships to complement his business, such as developing a home collection through his signature stores. Duffy said he has identified someone with whom he’d like to collaborate with creatively and it would be more upscale.
“It’s just evolving. Marc had met someone in Europe that he quite liked and I quite liked. I love the idea of someone with us designing furniture,” Duffy said. “Like what you’re sitting on you can also order or buy. That’s how everything evolves for us. We don’t have a specific business plan.”
Jacobs launched his diffusion Marc by Marc Jacobs collection at retail in February 2001, his second attempt at a lower-priced line, four years after Marc Jacobs Look closed in the U.S. From the onset, the Marc by Marc line was a smash-hit at retail and now is carried at stores such as Fred Segal, Scoop, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Bloomingdale’s.