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EURO VISION: Marc Jacobs men’s wear is inching towards the runway — and the label is stepping up its women’s collections’ European presence. The American firm opened a new European press showroom for its women’s clothing and accessories lines above its picturesque Palais Royal collection store in Paris. “It was something that was meant to be,” Robert Duffy, president of Marc Jacobs, said of the cozy space that overlooks the Palais Royal’s tree-lined gardens. “We had more and more [European] stores that buy our collection and more and more stores that buy Marc by Marc…so I just thought it was time that Europe had a press office,” he said.
Meanwhile, Duffy said he’s looking at opening stores in Germany, Amsterdam, India and Australia, and scouting for a space for a Marc Jacobs Collection store in Milan. He admitted that Jacobs’ men’s business “was sort of the step-child for a while. This season was the most put-together we have been for a long time. And I think we’re ready to show it,” said Duffy, noting he’s still finalizing when he plans to show the line.