Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 New York list is Marc Jacobs, who held a fund-raising event last Thursday.
Company: Marc Jacobs Inc.
What Made Him Haute: He has built an eponymous fashion empire while simultaneously acting as creative director of Louis Vuitton. In 2009, Jacobs was ranked 15th on Out magazine’s annual list of “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.” He is currently set to marry Brazilian advertising executive Lorenzo Martone.
What Makes Him Haute: Reaching a hand out to Savannah’s skate-boarding community, Marc Jacobs and business partner Robert Duffy have teamed up to help build a skate park in Lake Mayer. Savannah Skate Park, this most recent community project, will be raising funds by selling skate-park-themed T-shirts and other Marc Jacob clothing. All profits earned go toward a park that will be built at Lake Mayer.
In an effort to boost sales for the fundraiser, the duo made an appearance at the store last Thursday, signing autographs throughout the afternoon. And apparently it worked: the line for autographs was said to loop around the entire store, and by the end of the day, the store reported a gain of about $18,000. This is a big accomplishment in view of their overall fund-raising goal of $50,000, especially considering it was just in T-shirt sales.
But this is just one of the many philanthropic works the duo have collaborated on. “One of the things that we stick to is that a certain percentage of our projects always go to charities,” says Duffy. And it’s evident in their current projects: together, they have given profits of their $100 “The Men and Women of Marc Jacobs” book to help breast cancer research, and plans to build a girl’s school in Egypt and a community center in Massachusetts are in the works. “I think both of us have a really strong sense of community,” says Jacobs, “and anywhere we are is where we try to help and be of service to others.”