Designer; Marc Jacobs
Creative Director; Louis Vuitton
2008 Rank: 23
You can always count on Jacobs to break new ground. The 46-year-old has made a name for himself by taking the road less traveled, so while most designers spent the year churning out sky-high platforms and studded leather, Jacobs showed winged, flat sandals with turned-up toes in his recent eponymous collections, and kitten-heeled clogs at Louis Vuitton. His skill at transforming quirky accessories into some of the season’s hottest buys has helped him remain a retail darling. And with strong consumer demand, it’s no wonder Jacobs also opened more branded stores. In 2009, he bowed a Marc Jacobs collection store in São Paolo, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs doors in São Paolo and London. “Lola,” the newest fragrance in the designer’s growing portfolio, also debuted in September.
Power Players: Robert Duffy, president, vice chairman, Marc Jacobs International; Bertrand Stalla-Bourdillon, chairman, CEO, Marc Jacobs International
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