Marc Jacobs: I Don’t Think I’m Very Rich

Marc Jacobs has never shied away from talking about controversial subjects — and his recent appearance at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y was no exception. The 49-year-old designer sat down with fashion week creator Fern Mallis and opened up about his career and the several speed bumps he’s endured along the way.

With two namesake labels, countless fragrances, a job as creative director of Louis Vuitton and an upcoming cosmetic line at Sephora under his belt, Jacobs has had the sort of career that most fashion designers only dream of. Yet, he remains eerily humble about his many accomplishments.

“I don’t think I’m very rich,” he revealed without a hint of sarcasm. “I think I’m very comfortable and very lucky but I’ve never been uncomfortable — I’ve never not worked.” Despite his work-ethic, Jacobs told Mallis it took many upstart efforts it took (at least three) before he was able to establish a solidly performing brand.

Jacobs also opened up about his battle with substance abuse during the intimate discussion. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100% sober,” he admitted. “I’m not perfect. Maybe I’ve had a glass of wine, or a glass of whiskey, or a joint, or other things.”